University of Edinburgh Reviews

Updated June 24, 2015
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Pros
  • Most people enjoy a decent work-life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • It is a very esteemed university, so you are surrounded by high-quality students and staff members (for the most part) (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • The framework for completing a series of complimentary outside courses is very poorly organised and not really fit for purpose (in 2 reviews)

  • Some say that Edinburgh is an expensive place to live (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Resident Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Easy and fun to do. Can get the benefit of 75% reduction in rent. Catered also for undergraduates living in Pollock Halls. Staff are really friendly and always there for you.

    Cons

    Sometimes it is difficult to juggle with university work if you have a lot going on, but the job itself is very rewarding and energetic. Sometimes it is difficult to attain to students who are being too loud or really like to party 24/7.

    Advice to Management

    The organisation is really good and the way the job requirements are stated from the start makes all the things bearable.


  2. Tutor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at University of Edinburgh (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    a few hours each week, perfect part-time job for a full time PhD

    Cons

    for a self founded PhD, the income may be not enough to support your daily life.

    Advice to Management

    a very good management


  3. Instructor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Edinburgh part-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The English Department, in particular, is a very welcoming environment. As an instructor of first-year students, I was given quite a bit of freedom to determine my own curriculum.

    Cons

    Classes are only held once a week, so it was necessary to find other employment.


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  5. Great atmosphere, stimulating workplace

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    Former Employee - Data Curator in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Data Curator in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at University of Edinburgh

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A great atmosphere with varied staff, including in terms of interest/function (software developers, project managers, etc).
    Friendly and welcoming environment, it makes for an interesting and stimulating workplace.

    Cons

    Strong academic focus and less links to the "real world" outside academia's walls.

    Advice to Management

    Connect more with non-academic partners!


  6. Great Company, Nice people

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Edinburgh

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, friendly staff, Good Workload

    Cons

    Low pay, not much else


  7. Fantastic academic environment for PhD training

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The University of Edinburgh 4 year biomedical PhD studentships (one of which I attended) provide access to an exceptional range of world-class research laboratories spanning many aspects of biomedical science. Edinburgh's research institutes are very well equipped with core facilities, making specialist equipment widely available to researchers. I had a very positive experience here, was provided with excellent mentorship throughout and career opportunities when the time to move on came.

    Cons

    It should be understood that PhD studentships offer a lousy salary (everywhere).

    Advice to Management

    Keep 4 year PhD studentships, support higher salaries for PhD students.


  8. It was a really enjoyable experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Edinburgh part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Staff members are very helpful, good communication, open to suggestions.

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunities to advance.


  9. Excellent Uni

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice campus, very organised and many experts around if you are doing research

    Cons

    Edinburgh is quite expensive city


  10. Great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Edinburgh

    Pros

    Positive, stimulating work, and a great city.

    Cons

    No real cons in my view.

    Advice to Management

    Protect what's there and build on it.


  11. A great place to work

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    Current Employee - Receptionist in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Receptionist in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Providing service to excited young minds as well as to tutors and lecturers is a rewarding job. Plus my coworkers are fun and funny and make the hours pass quickly. Lots of joking along with the work.

    Cons

    As a foreign student, I could only work 20 hours per week, as per the limits of my visa.

    Advice to Management

    It's nice to be somewhere that trusts and encourages its employees to make good decisions.



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