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University of Nottingham Reviews

Updated January 8, 2015
Updated January 8, 2015
59 Reviews
4.1
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • University Park campus is beautiful and has good facilities (in 3 reviews)

  • This company has a good reputation and is a great place to work (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • as it's about cutting-edge research, you need to work hard to make progress (in 2 reviews)

  • some very poor teachers, different rules for different schools (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Welcoming environment with lots of interesting people and opportunities

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    Current Employee - Postgraduate Researcher in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postgraduate Researcher in Nottingham, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Nottingham (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunities, great Engineering department, beautiful campuses. I really enjoy the general ambience of the university in terms of how the research area is moving forward.

    Cons

    I am not fond of the way in which researchers that have not made the jump to lecturing are short term contracted employees, job security is minimal, and it is rather de-humanizing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better job security for postdoctoral researchers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A fantastic campus with fantastic staff but let down by continued provision of less than excellent teaching facilities.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Nottingham, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Nottingham full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The grounds are amazing, I live on campus and it is a delight to watch the colours change with the seasons, they are so well managed.
    The staff are from all over the world so although the university is in regional uk ( and has all the benefits of that such as proximity to Peak District, economical living expenses) it also has a connectivity to the world.

    Cons

    The buildings are not the best they can be. Estates prefers to keep things to a price as opposed to the best venue for teaching which is a pity as this campus could be the best in the uk but it isn't because of the wasted opportunities for the facilities. I teach in rooms that students cannot hear properly, the problems were highlighted prior to construction but nothing was done to change this and nothing has been done since. It is the key factor to reducing the students experience in my opinion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make quality teaching spaces a priority not the budget, it is a false economy to build bad teaching spaces as it lowers student experience and hence league tables.

    Give students the permanent desk spaces that would make this the best university. The university has the opportunity as it has the space unlike others, so to not make the most of the space in a facility provision sense is simply bad business. Sure the campus grounds are beautiful but we are a place of teaching first and the buildings are currently letting the whole place down in terms of quality and amount of space available.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Uncaring employer

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    Former Employee - Senior Administrator in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Administrator in Nottingham, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Nottingham full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Made some nice friends and the leave allowance was good.

    Cons

    Extremely busy evironment and the procedures used are old fasioned. The IT systems haven't improved to keep up with the times ie module registration is still done the old fashioned way, as systems cannot cope with on line registration. HR look after the management not the admin staff. Was bullied by my Manager, who also lied, and I was not supported. Manager left for another job but was then re-employed and proceded to bully another member of admin staff who was also not supported.

    It's difficult to gain an upgrade. Employees on the same Level job do vastly different amounts of work, and hard work is no recognised.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To look after the admin staff fairly,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    enjoyable

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    Former Employee - Student
    Former Employee - Student

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

    Pros

    great location, some good teachers and home of cedex

    Cons

    some very poor teachers, different rules for different schools

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    standardize rules and regulations across the board

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Ten Years and Counting

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teaching and Student Support Officer in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Teaching and Student Support Officer in Nottingham, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Nottingham full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good salary structure.
    Good career opportunities.
    Good colleagues to work with.
    Interesting mix of students.
    World-renowned employer.
    Good fringe benefits.

    Cons

    Work Place Parking Levy - a rip-off imposed by the City Council!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Engineering Research Placement

    Former Employee - Engineering Research Placement in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Engineering Research Placement in Nottingham, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Nottingham full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good experience in researching, project management

    Cons

    Incompetent supervisor, too much ambiguity with requirements

  8.  

    Great university - great schools and programmes offered.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Student in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

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

    Pros

    This company has a good reputation and is a great place to work. I would happily advise any of my friends to work at this company.

    Cons

    Certain red tape is unavoidable in this company. They need to take into account student views if they want to really show that this is a part of their goal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage more with students when it comes to decision making

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    I love it

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Nottingham, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Work with amazing people, proud of what I do, proud of where I work. Amazing training opportunities.. Apple course fab. Work hard, get flexibility within my role. Opportunities to perform at conferences, big events, flagship for the university.

    Cons

    Not sure what I'll be doing a year from now. Fixed term contracts are really difficult to manage. Skill people up, then they have to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a more sable structure, reward the hard working and performance manage others.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    My experience has overall been positive. Excellent academic staff and able administrators.

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    Current Employee - Teaching Associate in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Teaching Associate in Nottingham, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Nottingham as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Strong research and teaching environments and high-quality students.

    Cons

    Occasional interference in academic reserach/teaching by management rulings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership is fine, as long as it does not lead to interference with academic work. Also, while getting positive student ratings are important, it is not always about giving students what they want, but rather about providing them with what they need.

    Some high-level academic staff need to be convinced to contribute more extensively to teaching.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Not what was sold to me

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    Current Employee - Barman and Undergraduate Student
    Current Employee - Barman and Undergraduate Student

    I have been working at University of Nottingham part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Social live within the city is great and the societies are great.

    Cons

    The halls are hugely overpriced, quality of campus food is low and very overpriced, especially on the Sutton Bonington campus. Meal cards used for Main campus students cannot be used at Sutton Bonington, Access to building is restricted to say the least and even my own schools doors are in accessible after 6pm.
    Poorly run courses with the few exceptions of 1 or 2 talented lecturers. Was promised a course that would broaden my employability options, this is true mainly due to the fact nobody within my degree knows what jobs they could get as we haven't learnt anything to a level appropriate to the work place of many students ideal career paths. As well as a student I have also been an employee. They treat casual staff as though mean nothing to them and take no advise that we on the front line know would work. As for full time staff they too revive no voice in the decisions made by management and they wonder why things fall apart and there are mass communications problems over every sector of the university. Pay for full time staff is disproportionately low compared to that of CEO's and deputy principles, no wonder staff strike when top staff earn in excess of 200k a year.
    Furthermore the hopper bus situation is dismal, buses to Sutton bonington are late and often do not turn up and so many students, researchers and professors have complained about this but to no avail.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to those on the front line
    Don't lie about what your University offers
    Better communication is essential
    Sort out the busses

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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