University of Manchester Reviews

Updated March 19, 2015
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  1. Master in Physics (MPhys) and Doctorate in Enterprise- Physics EntD Physics

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    Current Employee - Masters In Physics and PhD In Physics in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Masters In Physics and PhD In Physics in Manchester, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and surroundings. Facilities are great with all possible resources available and extensive support from staff. Would recommend to anyone

    Cons

    A very big institution so quite a culture shock if you are used to being a big fish in a small pond.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing. The university is getting bigger and better everyday. Proud to have worked here

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Worked as a student ambassador for a year

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    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Manchester, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Manchester part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I was provided with loads of opportunities to work on different projects and campaigns. All the staffs were very friendly and supportive when I have questions from work. I've learnt many transferable soft skills that I can't learn from class rooms.

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons of my work at Manchester. Even the pay was good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Culture was great. You control your own work-life balance.
    You only need to wear student ambassador hoodies when you are working outside meeting people directly. When I worked on other back-office roles, I could wear what I like

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Student Ambassador

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    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Manchester, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Manchester part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to earn money as a student
    Staff and students value you within the role
    Great pay and training

    Cons

    The work is seasonal and mostly based around welcome and orientation weeks
    Potential for lots of time spent outside, especially on open days when manchester rain isn't welcome!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. Graduate teaching assistant

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Manchester

    Pros

    Good pay as a PhD student

    Cons

    Sometimes training is not sufficient

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train all PhDs thoroughly on the sessions they are covering

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Good place to conductor research on engineering

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    Current Employee - PhD Student In Power Engineering in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student In Power Engineering in Manchester, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good facility, excellent academics, great career prospect

    Cons

    PhD scholarships are not always available, especially for international applicants
    Strict supervisors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Lots of good aspects but depends on your manager

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Manchester, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Generally good employment policies as with any university. Good academic environment. Lots of other employees who are extremely generous with their time and help.

    Cons

    Experience depends a lot on your manager. If you have a problem with them (and they are a senior academic) you're unlikely to get much help, I suspect this is a problem with academia in general and not UoM specifically.

    Although lots of staff are extremely helpful there are also a fair number who want an easy life and are as unhelpful as possible!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Great learning opportunity

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    Former Intern - Intern Software Developer in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Intern Software Developer in Manchester, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Manchester as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly work environment, relaxed, friendly colleagues, flexible work hours, high responsibility from start to work on projects that were very relevant to current university issues. My code is currently used daily by thousands of students.

    Cons

    I outperformed their expectations and did not have an additional projects to give me for several weeks on end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more projects available or allow cross division working to make better use of resources.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. God employer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    - good personal-work balance
    - flexible times, working around our studies/family
    - periodic progressions reviews
    - amazing library, access to millions of books, speciality journals, current affairs magazines etc

    Cons

    - very poor food on campus
    - some nepotism
    - some promotion without real basis
    - unfair treatment by some managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - treat staff like equals, no patronizingly
    - micromanagement puts employees down, does not nurture an environment of trust and team work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Research Assistant MACE

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Really good place to work.

    Cons

    Comparing to other cities in Europe Manchester is not as exiting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Working as Research Assistant give you the freedom to work at your easy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Perhaps one of the most disappointing universities you could ever find.

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Manchester, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    A good reputation/ranking in the world. The city life is ok.

    Cons

    Extremely bad supporting services. The service centre and accommodation office only care about if you come to pay them money in the way that they prefer. For example, if you wanna pay your accommodation fees, you have to do it through direct debit. However, for many students, banks usually refuse to debit the money due to the large amount of money required to be taken from their accounts. If you tell the accommodation office that you can pay directly by card, they will just say NO. Consequently, you will have to pay the £25 - £30 delay penalty charge.

    The school (Computing) is such a place that treat students and staffs unfairly. As mentioned by other people here, if you are from a developing country, you will be treating like a moron. For each PhD student, there will be an interview at the end of each academic year to assess your research progress. Again, if you are from a developing country, get yourself prepared to be judged extremely critical and unfair.

    The funny thing is that every year the university holds several open days to public to get more students come study here. They will pretend to be so friendly on open days, whereas their attitude will change dramatically once you really come and study here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really start to do something to improve student's satisfactions, PLEASE!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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