University of Manchester Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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Pros
  • The university has beautiful buildings and a has a great history, both of which are quite attaractive youngsters (in 3 reviews)

  • Fantastic location close to the city centre (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Partially racist attitude of faculty members and poor quality of teaching which is far below standards of tier 2 universities in developing countries (in 3 reviews)

  • Recruiting Profs around the Unviersity whilst simultaneously bemoaning the finances to restrict pay is disengenuous (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Good experience working in a research project

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Internship in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Internship in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Was given real and achievable research tasks and goals in a structured approach with regular support. This included presenting my findings and the opportunity to visit a joint university meeting in another city and present what I've researched.

    Cons

    Some parts of the internship were a little disorganised, and some extra one to one communication would have helped clear things up.

    Advice to Management

    Continue in these extremely useful research internships for students, but also consider taking regular feedback to allow for the experience to be improved for the students involved.


  2. CRA

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great organization and great enviroment

    Cons

    short term contract and end of project


  3. Great university

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    Very supportive staff Top research university Alot of resources available Really good atmosphere

    Cons

    Some buildings really need renovation


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  5. PhD Student

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Manchester (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Generally good work environment, friendly colleagues. Plenty of stuff to do on campus. Relative income is good (cost of living is cheap)

    Cons

    Complicated office politics. Poor training opportunities, expected to be mainly autodidactic.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in more workshops which focus on broader PhD skills such as research approach, statistical analysis and computer programming. Reward collaborations between departments, promoting synergy instead of competition between groups.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Complaints are not taken seriously, low quality of teaching

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ranked highly, though in reality the quality of research and teaching isn't very good.

    Cons

    Low quality of research and harassment to the level which is considered criminal, is being performed by faculty members at the university. The worst case is that the university doesn't act upon any complaints made against the faculty members even though the severity of the complaints and harassment are high. Put recorded lecture videos of each lecture on blackboard, and even publicly on youtube, as done in major research universities in Singapore, United States, India etc. This could help people around the globe to comment on the actual quality of teaching.

    Advice to Management

    Instead giving a blind eye to complaints and being rude when a complaint is made is not the way to go. In case of quality of teaching, consider recording lectures of every class and providing it on blackboard. Make online confidential reviews of research and teaching post exams, to know what students and young researchers actually think about the quality of the research and teaching activity at the university. Controlling and covering up will not be fruitful in the long run, listen to feedbacks very carefully and make constructing outcomes to complaints made, rather than blackmailing students and young researchers. Complaints are made because there is a reason, try to find and solve it. We have great faith in the chancellor to make changes happen.


  7. Teaching Assistant

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    Former Contractor - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Manchester as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I had a great time working as a teaching assistant at the University of Manchester whilst I was completing my degree. The pay was very good and the hours were flexible.

    Cons

    The only disadvantage would possibly be that most positions were not openly advertised to everyone who was qualified for the job inside the University or the specific departments. You would have to follow lecturers to find out about the vacancies.

    Advice to Management

    Possibly create a system whereby the positions are advertised within a department or across relevant departments.


  8. Great workplace

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    Current Employee - EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellow in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellow in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Manchester (More than a year)

    Pros

    lots of growth opportunities, great mentors research facilities

    Cons

    weather, super competitive, huge university, no other cons


  9. Great University

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Manchester (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Organised, motivating and open for new ideas and research

    Cons

    Very competitive, Teaching is second priority after research


  10. I have been working at the UoM for more than 5 years

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Administrative in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Manchester (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The University has policies about work/life balance. However, depending who is your manager. He/she can make your life difficult regarding to apply for flexible working.

    Cons

    This University does not appreciate hard working people or someone who brings new ideas. The culture of this organization is trapped on a management style from decades ago. There are no career opportunities or career development if you are not an academic.

    Advice to Management

    Provide training to member of staff who are working in management roles.


  11. PhD student

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    well designed labs, intellectual environment, good resources

    Cons

    the system is designed not to be efficient, maintenance is very poor in case an instrument breaks



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