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University of Manchester Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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3.9 47 reviews

69% Approve of the CEO

University of Manchester Vice-Chancellor & President Nancy Rothwell

Nancy Rothwell

(16 ratings)

83% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    University of Manchester is a very good place for studying as a postgraduate student.

    PhD Student (Current Employee) Manchester City Centre, England (UK)

    Pros1.Top-class hardware and software facilities
    2. City centre location
    3. Friendly colleagues
    4. Relatively flexible working time

    Cons1. Your supervisor could be very pushing and strict.
    2. Pressure for graduation is huge
    3. You may not be paid

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great atmosphere for researching and meeting other researchers.

    Research Placement (Former Employee) Manchester, England (UK)

    ProsI was given my own workspace and welcomed warmly by all researchers in the office. Supervisor was always ready to help. Hours were flexible so I could also work at home.

    ConsNothing in particular.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Particle Physics Group provides great PhD program

    PhD Student (Former Employee) Manchester, England (UK)

    ProsManchester is a big city. Life is convenient there. Campus is 10mins walk away from city centre. There are lots of pubs. Particle Physics Group is one of the biggest in UK or even in Europe. Covers almost every research directions in the field. Manchester Aquatic Centre is on the campus. There are professional pools and lots of group fitness classes for you.

    ConsIf you didn't live in big cities and are used to drive everywhere, living in Manchester could be a bit different. You will need to take public transport frequently and/or bike around.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great staff, great location, bad time for higher ed.

    Lecturer (Former Employee) Manchester, England (UK)

    ProsThe lecturers and researchers are fantastic - really world class people. The environment is very collegial and a good place to begin collaborative projects.

    ConsThere is little, if any, administrative support at the departmental level. There is equal pressure to publish and to score highly on the NSS, leading to competing objectives and stressed out staff members. Decisions from the top seem far removed from day to day activities on the ground.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow the experts at the departmental level more autonomy. The advantage of hiring very clever people is that they can be trusted to teach well and manage their own staff...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very good working environment.

    PhD Student (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible working hours. Supervision is very good. High quality research in very interesting areas. Great academics with extensive knowledge of their subject.

    ConsFacilities need upgrading. The salary is not the best. There is a lot of beaurocracy. This can greatly slows down workflow.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Quality of teaching and research has deteriorated significantly. Action form Management required.

    Research Associate (Former Employee) Manchester, England (UK)

    ProsLocated in one of the most livable cities in the UK, great night life with pubs, bars etc. Easy to work, as no serious performance review is carried out. Curry mile and the china town is within walking distance, which is quite attractive to international students and academics.

    ConsThe autonomy provided by the management to the schools have led to mismanagement. There are poorly performing lecturers, who deliver poor quality of lectures and who are not liked by students. At the same time, these lecturers are awarded as student's favorite. The same happens in terms of research, the poor quality of explanation, misleading due to lack of knowledge in the research area and artificial stress created by the Principal Investigator on research projects, have led to overall poor quality of publications and loss of good research students from the university. All these problems are widely spread across different schools and has not changed in the past 5 years. Most of the students across different schools complaint about the very same things over the years, and it is sad that no change is visible despite numerous complaints. The sad part is that, these problems have become discussion topics among the alumnus of the university, when the meet and strike a conversation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe management should have much more control over the working of the individual schools and conduct serious performance review. Students generally tend to write good about the university on the paper feedback form about a lecturer because of repercussions of writing otherwise. Hence, an authentically confidential online review system, should be made in place so that the management gets to know the reality of the poor quality of education being delivered in different schools, which form the part of the university. Once an academic is hired by the university, it is up to the university's management to make sure of the quality of teaching and research is kept up as the colleagues of lecturers at the school generally help in the cover up poor quality of research and teaching demonstrated by a lecturer. But as time passes on, the low quality of teaching and research becomes a part of the school itself, if left unchecked.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Research Associate

    Research Associate (Current Employee) Manchester, England (UK)

    Prosindependent work, non-monotonic, quite scientifically up to date

    Conslow paid, if you start new contract then your salary starts from lowest again

    Advice to Senior Managementmake sure you develop the person and make it happen for him/her so he/she isnt only your lab donkey, but also you make improvement in his/hers career

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgood fantastic s is good

    Consbad not sensible not interesting

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    Awesome research project

    Understanding Systems Collaborations (Former Employee) Manchester, England (UK)

    ProsWorked on a research project and learned new skills. Incredible atmosphere and a really nice supervisor. Discovered many opportunities and met new people from that research area.

    ConsSometimes you can get less supervision than expected but it is all fine because the project was so exciting and there is always someone around that can help if you ask the right questions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementN/A

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Cares more about research than students

    EPSRC Sponsored PhD Student (Current Employee) Manchester, England (UK)

    ProsWorking with some of the best academics
    Access to everything you need for your research
    Purpose built buildings for almost all subjects

    ConsAcademics are too busy with admin to do their research, supervise PhD students or prepare useful lecture notes
    Stressful publish or perish culture for early career researchers

    Advice to Senior ManagementReduce admin for researchers to get the best from them
    Remove some of the dead wood at the top of the tree to let younger academics progress

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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