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University of Glasgow Reviews

Updated December 6, 2014
Updated December 6, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nightmare

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    Former Employee - Academic
    Former Employee - Academic

    I worked at University of Glasgow full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Glasgow is lovely. Good access to countryside.
    Pre restructure - I enjoyed working here. The workplace I joined had a great feeling of camaraderie.

    Cons

    This is my personal opinion:
    1. I had less and less time for research and ever greater teaching and teaching admin loads
    2. My yearly assessment only seemed to be about performance (papers/grant income/students supervised)- make sure you are aware of how you will be judged - look it up on the P&DR pages of HR. The emphasis on my development/promotion as an academic did not seem to exist
    3. I was hampered by a dysfunctional Institute/School structure. Infighting between university structures made life very difficult
    4. Poor administrative support in every respect
    5. In my opinion, women were treated poorly in my Institute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How about taking heed of the staff survey

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Renowned British University with archaic and incompetent HR department

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at University of Glasgow as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    I am an American biomedical engineering PhD who was conducting my postdoctoral fellowship at the University. The quality of some of the research being done at this University is remarkable. The campus is absolutely gorgeous with its beautiful Gothic architecture. State of the art facilities for several engineering and biotech research areas.

    Cons

    The HR department screwed up my Visa paperwork such that my work Visa expired 1.5 months before my job actually ended. This made my life with the Border Agency a huge nightmare. Once I arrived, I waited nearly a month to get my key card credentials which I needed to actually be able to start working properly. It seemed like there was a lot of backhanded rivalry amongst PIs in the departments. I was not able to conduct the studies that I had planned to do due to bickering and fighting amongst grad students and post docs regarding who had seniority to acquire certain cells.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's difficult to make recommendations to management within university settings as it almost always seems like the people "calling the shots" are behind the curtain, like the Wizard of Oz. Certainly, though, the HR department could communicate much better than they do, hopefully preventing colossal screw-ups like my Visa situation in the future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    I thought slavery was banned ... Not in academia

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at University of Glasgow full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    An academic career allows you to guide research and sometimes gives you enough time for you to do some yourself. Unfortunately unless you bring in millions of pounds in grant month your time is not valued and you are overloaded with too much admin duties and teaching.

    Cons

    Most areas of research are underfunded by the EPSRC which means that the senior management at the University of Glasgow penalise the majority of staff for not securing millions of pounds in funding. As a result they overload these member of staff with too much teaching and admin. For these staff members they have to undertake research in their own time. This leave very little time for life outside of academia. Also, the salary for lecturers, senior lecturers are very low. Makes it very difficult to raise a family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better conditions for academics. Stop expecting 50 hour weeks for low pay. Value all contributions from staff. Stop expecting academics to recoup their salaries from research and accept teaching/admin income from staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    MsC in Museum Studies? Walk away...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Glasgow

    Pros

    Glasgow University as a whole is a good institution, that have plenty of really good seminars and workshops to attend. The presence of the Hunterian and a wide arrange of really good lecturers are a pros.

    Cons

    The MsC in Museum Studies, should in effect be cancelled. It is not academic at all, some of the teaching staff have no experience in Museums, they have a bit of a "I want to research, yet the job says I have teach"-attitude. Some of the things that are taught are directly wrong and some of the courses have absolutely no relevance whatsoever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cancel the course or get much better qualified staff. The course is a total waste of time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Cliquey, no training

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

    I worked at University of Glasgow full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    cheap gym, swimming, west end

    Cons

    cliquey, stuffy, management too busy lunching

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    train staff!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A fine establishment tarnished by poor management

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    Former Employee - Administrator in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Administrator in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at University of Glasgow full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful setting, good work/life balance. Plenty of on-site amenities for staff and students alike. Excellent transport links to rest of the city.

    Cons

    Shockingly out-of-touch management. An inherent inability to cope with change. Toxic, politically-motivated barriers to advancement within departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Good University that could be better...

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    Former Employee - Research Fellow
    Former Employee - Research Fellow

    I worked at University of Glasgow full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent University with good resources and academics. Excellent location in the west end of Glasgow.

    Cons

    No doubt department dependent but lack of career support/development for contract researchers. Don't seem to take their redeployment register seriously - in fact HR dept deliberately deceives to ensure it is not used when convenient. Struggle with genuine interdisciplinary working. Too little contact between departments/schools - this is a wasted resource.

    Recommends
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    placement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Glasgow full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    good communication at work place

    Cons

    lack of appreciation of the copleted projects

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Telephone fundraiser job with the University alumni office. Good pay, treated with respect

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    Current Employee - Student Caller Fundraising Team in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Student Caller Fundraising Team in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at University of Glasgow part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You're treated with respect and the pay is generally higher than you would expect if doing a similar job out with the university. There is extensive training and flexibility with shifts.

    Cons

    There's not much room to move up in the role.
    The job can be monotonous after a while and you can be met with a lot of animosity from the alumni when speaking with them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Fun, some administrative annoyances as with most jobs

    Former Employee - PhD Student
    Former Employee - PhD Student

    I worked at University of Glasgow full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's in a great location, the campus is really pretty, the cheap gym access as a student is great and there are lots of pubs and restaurants nearby. The department I worked in was full of interaction between research groups and encouraged co-operation between them.

    Cons

    The weather is not great...! Sometimes it felt like it lacked a great structure for addressing employee concerns about management. Some of the line managers could do with a little more formal training in people management, to make life easier and professional interactions smoother for all concerned.

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