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Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
6 Reviews
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University of Northumbria Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive Andrew Wathey
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great faculty, terrible department

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Apoint futuristic managers at departmental level not problem fixers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Now a shadow of its former self under the current management.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Developer in Newcastle, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Developer in Newcastle, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Northumbria full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pension, generous leave and flexi time.

    Cons

    I used to love working in IT Systems at Northumbria, no more sadly. Under the current management regime, the old 'can-do' culture has been replaced by a culture of fear and intimidation.
    Wages have been cut and entire pay grades abolished, good skilled staff with a wealth of skills and experience are being ignored and sidelined in favour of yes-men and brown-nosers, projects that could have been developed in-house have been outsourced at great expense, enterprise systems replaced by inadequate open source software, experienced managers forced out and replaced by clueless box-tickers...
    Staff speaking out have been threatened with dismissal and legal action.
    Not a nice place to work any more unfortunately.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees - they are the ones who know how the institution works.
    Don't make change just for the sake of it.
    Make use of the skills the department has.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lost its way

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Northumbria

    Pros

    Leave, Salary and car parking... 5 years ago I'd add colleagues, management (senior and middle) facilities, outlook and atmosphere.

    Cons

    Bullying atmosphere which became toxic in short space of time. Management previously cared for staff and student expereince, they now care for ticking boxes and looking to be 'right'. When you have management at a University who don't know that the term Clearing means you know you are in trouble. I feel I was basically pushed out before totally forced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look back a little , its not the worst thing in the world. People are happy to look forward if they can see positives, all they see at the moment is more wreckage. Listen, really listen, don't pretend to take an interest in what people are saying but actually care about staffs opinion. People didn't stay due to feeling 'safe' they stayed due to loving the job and the help they gave other staff and students...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack of promotion opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Excellent Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Northumbria

    Pros

    Best work and life balance.

    Cons

    the Work pressure varies between very high to very lows.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better IT enabled systems rather than all paper based systems.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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