University of Northumbria Reviews

Updated July 14, 2015
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University of Northumbria Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive Andrew Wathey
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  1. PhD

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    This university is a new university in England with very beautiful campus and very advanced equipment. Newcastle is a really nice city for students to study and live.

    Cons

    The ranking of this university is not very high due to it is a new university. Therefore, the research funding maybe not very much compared to some old good universities.

    Advice to Management

    To hire more young researchers who are full of passion to do the research and teaching. It must be useful for the university to get a better ranking.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Sad Decline as an Employer

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    Former Employee - IT - Support in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT - Support in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Northumbria

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Location in Central Newcastle upon Tyne

    Cons

    Job Insecurity. The programme of job cuts is placing all support services on a knife-edge.

    Advice to Management

    Ditch the mantra that private is good and public is bad. Stop importing nonentities from the private sector as managers. All they know is how to cut, whilst enriching themselves. They care little for education. Services are at real risk of collapse.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Great faculty, terrible department

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Northumbria full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    University and faculty management passion and support for research.

    Cons

    Too much admin/teaching requirements Departmental management not keen on research Lack of transparency at the departmental management level

    Advice to Management

    Apoint futuristic managers at departmental level not problem fixers.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    I taught there for over ten years as a Programme Leader.

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    Former Employee - Senior Lecturer in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Lecturer in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Northumbria full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent, dedicated,colleagues who provided first class tuition and support in the face of many handicaps.

    Cons

    Appalling management that resorted to bullying academic staff. This has led to the loss of many experienced academic and support staff. Senior and middle management would make bad decisions, refuse to listen to feedback from academic and technical staff, and then blame them when things went wrong. Bad policies would be introduced with a fanfare and then quietly dropped when they failed. Usually staff would not be informed that these policies had been dropped and would continue trying to implement the unworkable long after their demise. There was a complete lack of priorities, every management idea was urgent and top priority. Towards the end of my time there I found that overseas students with poor English language skills were being recruited which meant I had to pair them with another student who shared their language but had better English so that they could translate for them, This was very unfair to them both. I found that staff had to fight to maintain academic standards as middle management seemed intent on 'dumbing down' the curricula.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff! You employed them because they are intelligent and experienced so stop treating them like fools by ignoring their feedback and suggestions. Stop the middle management bullying of staff. I consider that I was bullied out of my job by incompetent middle management. I was extremely successful in recruiting students, my students gained excellent results and developed world class careers yet I was made to feel a failure by inexperienced management figures that were former Northumbria students and had never worked in another academic institution. In the end I was told by the Dean that if I didn't accept early retirement I would be micro-managed and it was strongly hinted that allegations about me would be fabricated: "...and you will leave with nothing." My 30 year career was ruined, I haven't worked since.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Lack of promotion opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Northumbria full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Nice people. Students are generally good. Facilities are excellent. Investment in buildings.

    Cons

    Management have no idea what is actually going on. Promotion on the basis of brown-nosing rather than ability. Admin heavy.

    Advice to Management

    Open up communication channels, trust your staff more and seek their opinions.



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