University of Leeds Reviews

Updated March 16, 2015
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University of Leeds Vice Chancellor Michael Arthur
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Pros
  • An understanding employer, great holidays, pleasant working environment and a reasonable pay scale (in 5 reviews)

  • Friendly and helpful administration, nice facilities, close to the city center (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Support staff are excellent but the structures have not been designed to assist/benefit the staff (in 2 reviews)

  • Far too much paperwork making all internal processes very slow (in 5 reviews)

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  1. One of the worst and most stressful times of my life.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    If you have nothing else to do in your life..

    Cons

    Professors with grants are like dinosaurs here, they do whatever they want to without giving any consideration to the careers of people working for them. They bully and harass the employees by putting all the blame on them even though the students and other staff are hired without their consent. At least my experience was such.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take bold decisions against those PIs who have plenty of money but controversially try to grab and snatch everything. They bully, harass and enslave the employees by putting all the blame on them even though the students and other staff are hired without their consent. Any research student/staff who gets hired and is supposed to work with you, you should be asked about his/her credentials rather than just thumping on you. The post-docs end up working for these students rather than providing them with guidance.

    Have people with some dignity and spine at key positions rather than the HoS of my department who was just running after my PI even though he knew everything about the PI's habits. People keep quite and bearing these atrocities because of their visas or some other scholarship bond at home and all such Professors exploit this to the best of their advantage. Nobody is there to make any situation better for them even though such PIs are destroying the careers of the employees working with them. To add insult to injury these PIs are offered special Lectureships and Fellowships so they can establish more slavery. Whoever will keep accepting their slavery will eventually be offered a fellowship or a lectureship depending upon the type of slavery. I have not seen more selfish people in my whole life than such professors. Ask the post-docs about how they feel and do something about it rather than just doing a routine survey. Please do something before people stop coming over here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Lovely environment (worked at Weetwood sports facilities). Great work colleagues let down by senior management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Leeds full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent facilities, constantly being developed and improved.

    Cons

    If you like hockey, even better play or coach the sport you will be in demand and progress in work here. However don't expect a clear and transparent job pathway, Hockey players appear to be head hunted and given jobs. The facilities manager (although competent and efficient) seems to use his budget as a recruitment tool, to progress his own hobby.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to grips with the recruitment and personal opportunities at Weetwood. Scrutinise the accounts! Is this a University to support its current students or past students and weekend hockey? Surely BUCS on a wednesday is where money should be invested and financial support should not go to outside sports clubs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. The Strategy is "Increasing knowledge and opportunity" BUT the reality is admin gets in the way

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Leeds, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great if you like using lots of different admin IT systems, and/or like lots of admin, rather than teaching and research!

    Cons

    Academic staff have LOTS of online paperwork. Every Intranet admin function uses a different IT system withn a different interface: undergrad teaching admin has VLE, Student turoring has "Leeds for Life", Research Postgrad admin has PDR, Research project management has KRISTAL and incomprehensible Excel spreadsheets, Research proposal admin has J-eS, Research publications has Symplectic, HR has a weird "psychadelic trip" website I cannot fathom, ... I keep asking for plain text which I can use without mouse and complex navigation, but everyone just passes the buck and says it's IT...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The University website is a mess! In particular the Intranet is designed for Admin staff, but not for academic end-users. Every Admin IT interface must have a mouse-free plain text alternative, this will streamline academic staff use of disparate Admin websites and online admin processes. This will increase knowledge and opportunity! (Leeds University supposed strategy)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Ups and downs

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    Current Employee - Project Officer in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Officer in Leeds, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good holidays
    Good atmosphere on campus
    Some very nice scenery and interesting buildings
    Interest in the environment, ethical practices (Student Union)

    Cons

    Very hierarchical
    Support staff not given opportunity to develop or progress
    Bullying and unfair treatment quite rife

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We are all cogs that make this wheel work. Treat people on all levels with equal respect and dignity

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    If you like to get things done, this is not the place for you

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Leeds, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Leeds

    Pros

    Very flexible re. work balance. Lectures are not really expected to be there at their offices other than when teaching. If they can find some conference or research project, then they can actually live hundreds of miles away and show up once a month.

    Cons

    Clogged by paperwork. This is not an innovative or creative place. This is a bureaucracy. Everything done in here is about making sure the Uni is not sued. Staff are afraid of students and students show little interest in staff. Research is about publications, not about knowledge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a vision that is inspirational. More publications, more students and survival is not a vision. It is a cop out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Not supportive, not much career progression opportunity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Leeds full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    secure, increments, good location and nice campus.

    Cons

    long hours, no overtime, poor management

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. Good and Bad

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    Current Employee - Clerical Grade III in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Clerical Grade III in Leeds, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Leeds part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    An understanding employer, great holidays, pleasant working environment and a reasonable pay scale.

    Cons

    Hard work and commitment isn't always rewarded, some middle managers are weak and ignore laziness. Too many staff have too many sickness days. At times the culture can seem like a holiday camp.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Toughen up on the idle and those persistently off sick with minor complaints. One bad apple can potentially turn the whole team bad. Staff morale is lowered by witnessing managers turning a blind eye to the uncommitted.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Karriere im Ingenieurwesen Engineering Career life

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Leeds

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Sie geben einem die Möglichkeit, individuelle Ideen in den eigenen Forschungsprojekten umzusetzen.

    They let you to give your ideas and employ them in your research.

    Cons

    Nicht viel finanzielle Ressourcen für die Forschung

    Not many financial support for research

  10. Leeds by name but not by nature!

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    Current Employee - Senior Administrator in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Administrator in Leeds, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Leeds full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Mostly very good people. It's a well known institution and is mid-ranking in the UK. The University has a lot of potential, but it needs to up its game.

    Cons

    The University does not know where it is going. Far too much concentration on strategy with no thought paid to delivery. Senior managers are very ego driven and do not think about consequences of their actions on the staff. Very difficult to get a decision made. Far too much paperwork making all internal processes very slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a moment to work out where the University is going. Stop the internal competition which encourages people to stay in their safe little silos. Do something rather than keep waiting to make a decision!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. enjoyable but definitely room for improvement

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    Current Contractor - Administrative Assistant in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Administrative Assistant in Leeds, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Love the campus, other staff are friendly and helpful and the University promotes a happy and outgoing atmosphere. The University Union is great and everything you need is easily available. University grounds are well kept and simply beautiful in Spring/ Summer

    Cons

    Unfortunately, Temp employees/ contractors/ agency workers are not entitled to the same perks as full time staff. Salary/ earnings are comparatively low compared to other organisations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be nice if temps/agency workers were entitled to some of the benefits of full time staff employed by the University.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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