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Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
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    I thought slavery was banned ... Not in academia

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    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 for 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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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 for less than a year

    Pros

    cheap gym, swimming, west end

    Cons

    cliquey, stuffy, management too busy lunching

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    train staff!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Experience was ok

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Glasgow full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    time-off policies, work-life balance, work culture, easy to commute, administrative staff very helpful

    Cons

    compensation could be better, no assistance for accommodation, personal growth, perks, benefits

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    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 for 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
  7.  

    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 for 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
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    placement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    good communication at work place

    Cons

    lack of appreciation of the copleted projects

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Fun, some administrative annoyances as with most jobs

    Former Employee - PhD Student
    Former Employee - PhD Student

    I worked at University of Glasgow full-time for 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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    Senior management can hamper progress rather than nurture it, this of course is strictly confined to the individual.

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at University of Glasgow as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    An ancient, well-known, well funded research university, Glasgow will provide you with a lot of further opportunities, both within and outside it.
    The at the lower levels (other research assistants and PhD students) are really great. They go out of their way to help you develop.

    Cons

    If you work with a bad manager (supervisor) it can be difficult to get the core of your work done.
    The pay isn't optimal, especially when the requirements aren't clear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be better organisation, transparency and collaboration. And I don't mean this in the cliche way! Politics, jealousy and secrecy get in the way of doing good research. The number of publications you have should be irrelevant.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Intern: Educational and fun summer projects

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Glasgow

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, very challenging work, great colleagues.

    Cons

    Very small salary for summer students.

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