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Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
49 Reviews
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  1. 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 for 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
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    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 for less than a 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low quality of teaching!

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

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

    Pros

    Nice labs and libraries. The university has beautiful buildings and a has a great history, both of which are quite attaractive youngsters.

    Cons

    I have had friends, who went on to take second master's degree from other universities after having one from here. I have had atleast 2 batches of master's students, who came from other universities, asking me of how the university was so highly ranked, even after having such poor quality of teaching and training. I have been to a first year class of engineering( a year back), where a senior lecturer made mistakes in solving a simple problem, while having the answer key in her hands. A bunch of emails sent by the senior lecturer about basic engineering, contained wrong and misleading information about research which I still retain, and which baffles me, despite having such high credentials. This has led to question even the autheticity of the research performed by some people at the university.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In the generation of youtube and email, its quite easy for the reputation of the university to go down. Please make sure you conduct a through review of teaching staff, for maintaining basic quality standards in teaching.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    It is a nice place to live

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    It is a top 30 university in the world and it provide top class labs. People are all very nice.

    Cons

    The process of the working in this school is a little bit of slow

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not a great place for an international PhD student

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    Former Employee - PhD Researcher
    Former Employee - PhD Researcher

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

    Pros

    Good library and is located in a beautiful city. Easy to get a PhD admission if you are willing to pay for it.

    Cons

    Considers PhD students as source of income and are not well funded except in rare cases.

    PhD's are supposed to be independent work with minimal supervision, however, many supervisors dictate what his/her student should do. Supervisors mis-directs the students and in the case of a mistake, blames it on the PhD student, the colleagues of senior academics ensure it made to look like it is the PhD students mistake. This takes a toll on his/her metal health and academic career. Occasionally, the senior academics, strangely, even makes gives out wrong information of basic sciences to students, even during viva, though the all the standard textbooks says the opposite.

    There are PhD candidates who frequently change their supervisors, some of them are failed and again passed, so as show of power of a few academics.

     It is also very difficult to get teaching hours as a teaching assistant, in most cases the annual amount you get is only equivalent to you 1 month of your expense in Manchester. The University is maintaining a very bad reputation among international students, as the curriculum and quality is not upto the mark of the their undergraduate education in their home countries.

    Because of these factors,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you don't value and listen to your own students and young staff members, you loose out on valuable feedback which can improve the current state of affairs. Senior academics can be wrong,but when they defend, blame and threaten a student when a complaint is made, it ruins the life your own students. Please place a camera in lecture theaters, and even provide a downloadable copy of the lecture video through the Blackboard system, similar to the process done by world's top universities in Singapore. This can help student revise and at he same time, show the management, the level of quality of the education. A significant improvement of academic standards and evaluation knowledge base of current academics including senior academics, by an independent body is mandatory for the future of the University. Covering up facts only work for a few years, with a student strength of over 50,000, a lower quality education delivery is fatal for the University. A good, congenial atmosphere, with freedom to do research work in the way they want with minimal supervision is required for attracting good researchers. Go back to the history of the University and it will be evident that such a free environment led to major discoveries by people such as Alan Turing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good overall employers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Manchester

    Pros

    Good pay and conditions, good leave and pension provision

    Cons

    Very hard to get a permanent contract. Job insecurity.

    Recommends
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  8.  

    lecturer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Manchester

    Pros

    low teaching hours with students

    Cons

    low research budget allows 1-2 research trips

  9.  

    The best working experience of my life.

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    Former Employee - Examinations Administrator  in  Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Examinations Administrator in Manchester, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great place to work - good staff benefits; you feel as though you are listened to and respected. Fantastic location close to the city centre. Congeniality amongst staff members.

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities for promotion could be a concern.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on doing what you are doing. Try to break new ground, and expand the number of courses you are given. Don't sell off the north end of campus. Utilise the former UMIST campus.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Nothing to complain about

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    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Current Employee - PhD Student

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A lot of job satisfaction as you get to manage your own work

    Cons

    A lot of stress as you have to manage your own work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Overall good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Manchester

    Pros

    The co-workers are pretty awesome.

    Cons

    The bad weather condition really bothers me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nil

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