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University of Manchester Reviews

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
57 Reviews
3.3
57 Reviews
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University of Manchester Vice-Chancellor & President Nancy Rothwell
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Review Highlights

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)

  • Academics are too busy with admin to do their research, supervise PhD students or prepare useful lecture notes (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    University of Manchester is a very good place for studying as a postgraduate student.

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great atmosphere for researching and meeting other researchers.

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

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

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    Nothing in particular.

    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Particle Physics Group provides great PhD program

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

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

    Pros

    Manchester 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.

    Cons

    If 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

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

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Manchester, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Manchester as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    Allow 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...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Very good working environment.

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    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Current Employee - PhD Student

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Located 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Research Associate

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

    I have been working at University of Manchester as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Manchester

    Pros

    good fantastic s is good

    Cons

    bad not sensible not interesting

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cares more about research than students

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Academics 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 ManagementAdvice

    Reduce 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Awesome research project

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

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

    Pros

    Worked 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.

    Cons

    Sometimes 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 ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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