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University of Leeds Reviews

Updated November 13, 2014
Updated November 13, 2014
47 Reviews
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  1.  

    The overall experience was satisfactory and pleasant.

    Former Employee - Sub Warden in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sub Warden in Leeds, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Leeds part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The experience gained here is invaluable. Every minute detail would be a great insight. The team work would inhibit quite a lot of new talents and there is much more that can be learnt .

    Cons

    The timings of the work might not be always according to ones requirement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Russell Group underachiever

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The university, like many towards the better end in the UK, still has some obvious strengths. Academics have space to conduct research, students are pretty high quality and academic colleagues are very supportive. Many academics are driven to produce high quality research.

    Cons

    Management is very poor. In recent years it has become focused around an egotistical VC (now left) and a mangement cadre of Deans that slap themselves on the back, pay themselves high wages and cut down dialogue. They have expanded the admin function hugely across the university and then imposed these costs back on to academics to pay for. Ideally this should provide support for the core mission of the university, but admin nows rules the place and academics are constrained to support this rather than the other way around, with endless chains of paperwork, targets and internal budegts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that this is a university, not some second rate civil service department. Get the Deans to support their academic staff. Have a more visible and understanding VC.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Ambitious interdisciplinary research

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    Former Employee - Bioinformatics Research Assistant in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Bioinformatics Research Assistant in Leeds, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    A great working environment with supportive management and lots of opportunities to be involved in interdisciplinary research of a really high standard. Work-life balance was very good, and managers allowed me a lot of freedom in working hours.

    Cons

    The future direction of the research faculty I was part of wasn't especially clear. There had been some cuts because of the recession which left some research areas looking a bit short staffed (although this wasn't true of my group which was well supported).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A forward thinking institution

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Leeds

    Pros

    A strong future lies ahead for the university - Investment, both in facilities and people etc. Top 50 uni in the world aim by 2015

    Cons

    Academic environment sometimes infringes upon a strong business minded approach - A flaw at most HE institutions however...

  6.  

    Good employer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Leeds

    Pros

    Annual pay rise, extra days off after bank holidays

    Cons

    General lack of promotion opportunities

  7.  

    The best career move I ever made

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    Current Employee - Post Doc
    Current Employee - Post Doc

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

    Pros

    Learning, training, experience, good people, relaxed environment, flexibility, reasonable salary.

    Cons

    Short term contracts and uncertainty. Institutes in mech eng are top heavy and ts easy to be ignored. However, you need to look after number one, and get the best possible experience you can before moving on. Bureaucracy is unbelievably bad here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is advice to research councils. Stop/go money and mega competitive tendering for research money is not conducive to steady and collaborative research. It encourages bitter politics and paranoia.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    An employer that gives its staff a lot of consideration.

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Leeds, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Flexibility of working hours, terms and conditions. Friendly people. So much is given to staff that you are happy to give more back when it is needed without grumbling, like putting in extra hours.

    Cons

    Red tape, bureacracy and paperwork (real or virtual) can sometimes be a barrier to completing tasks or in most cases draws out the time it takes. The academic/management 'hierarchy' can make it confusing who you need to get to make a decision on something. Too many and too frequent reviews and restructures of schools and institutes which result in extended periods of no progress due to financial freezing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Disseminate the management structure with the names of the individuals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    a great place to be depending on your department

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    Current Employee - Lab Assistant in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lab Assistant in Leeds, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Leeds as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    vibrant city and campus vibrant city and campus vibrant city and campus vibrant city and campus vibrant city and campus vibrant city and campus

    Cons

    some old habits need to be replaced with new ideas some old habits need to be replaced with new ideas some old habits need to be replaced with new ideas some old habits need to be replaced with new ideas

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    My experience of working at the University of Leeds has been generally good with opportunity for progression

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    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in Leeds, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Leeds full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fantastic working environment with a focus on promoting interdisciplinary collaboration. There is good support from staff at higher levels and opportunities for development through workshops. Flexible hours and holiday are also a bonus

    Cons

    Some of the support from information technology and purchasing finance is not up to scratch. These departments can actually be obstructive at times. Leadership positions need to be more carefully considered

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try improve support to young researchers financially and in terms of future careers outside academia. supporting departments need to be refined in order to fascilitate productivity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Generally, a lovely environment in which to work, if a bit a bureaucratic behemoth!

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

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

    Pros

    Some of the campus is very attractive, although spoiled somewhat by hideous 1970's concrete buildings. The pay is good, and the work varied. As an employee you cross paths with lots of interesting people, and opportunities for networking are good, if you take them!

    Cons

    Many curriculum approval processes are very bureaucratic and lengthy, and so the institution struggles to keep up with the speed of change in the modern age, particularly when compared to smaller competitors. Changes of policy are not always fully consulted on, or well-communicated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut out some bureaucracy, improve communications with staff and potential students.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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