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University of Nottingham Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
51 Reviews
4.0
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Professor David Greenaway
22 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • You have excellent work-life balance (in 2 reviews)


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

  • There have been numerous safety concerns on and off campus, and many students have reported sexual harassment, assault, and theft (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    I love it

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    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
  2.  

    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 an 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
  3.  

    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 an 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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  5.  

    It is a great organisation and you can work with capable and dedicated people, but there are many frustrations.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nottingham, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Nottingham full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Most of the people I work with are genuinely committed to Higher Education, the University, and working well with their team and are proud to work here.

    Cons

    Pay is generally very good but reward for stronger performers is not great which is demotivating, nor is general support for staff good, and processes and systems are more a hinderance than a help, and it can take a lot of perseverance to get through them - though things are improving. Senior management aims to listens, but seem as constrained as anyone else in actually changing things for the better, and get it wrong as often as they get it right, and seem to be fairly inexperienced for the level of responsibility they are given.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge that just because you hold a more senior position does not mean you have a better solution to whatever the problem or challenge is.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Nice experience to work with prominent researcher in my field

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Nottingham, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    working with the leading researchers, the quality of teaching, nice friendly atmosphere, global recognition of the university, availability of stuff members to help.

    Cons

    Not particular challenges I have faced so far. The only thing I want to mention is that you need to work hard to catch up with the high level of standards if you come from other universities (particularly from abroad). But it is completly normal for the university with a reputation, and I would not imagine the other way around to comprimise the quality of teaching to attract more students from abroad.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A fantastic place to work with highly talented colleagues set in a beautiful campus

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunities seem endless in this place with so many chances to; undertake professional development through the number of courses available to staff, take part in volunteering activities whilst being able to attend lectures on a vast array of topics. There's always the chance to get involved in something if you are willing to contribute.

    Cons

    It's a very large organisation and so can sometimes feel like you are lost in the middle of it all, perhaps not knowing where to turn if you are looking to undertake a task. It can be a little disorientating at first with so many different schools, departments and teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flexible working opportunities need some form of standardisation across the university, in some instances it seems as though the opportunity to work from home on occasion is reserved for a select few despite technology being readily available to allow this.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Worked as a temp, a great experience overall

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Nottingham

    Pros

    Friendly staff, thorough induction on starting work, manager helpful with regular reviews, great setting and facilities to make use of, good location

    Cons

    As a temp working for a few months there were no cons for me, I was given time off when I needed it and my manager was great

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Nice experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Office Intern in Ningbo (China)
    Former Employee - IT Office Intern in Ningbo (China)

    I worked at University of Nottingham as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Get to meet different people

    Cons

    some times not convenient hours

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A supportive and diverse environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Current Employee - Research Associate

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

    Pros

    Working at the QMC, right in the hub of nationally and internationally leading departments in medicine is incredible. The university ethos for research is one which promotes original thinking, with many opportunities to build collaborations across other disciplines in a friendly and productive environment. Supervisors routinely encourage new ideas and research proposals, which increases the chance of improving your portfolio and career progressions at an early stage. Training programs/courses are readily available for career development and project specific activities, commonly run by leading experiments in the field providing quality and consistent tuition. I feel well supported in working as part of a globally recognised medical research team, as well as for my individual research interests.

    The Nottingham campus is incredibly green and provides a pleasant respite from the hustle of Queen's. The leisure facilities are fantastic and will rival any of the leading establishments found in the city centre. which itself is only a short distance from the campus.

    Cons

    Delays in communications between administrative departments may hinder project start up. Consistent chasing up of research paperwork progress is essential if you want to get underway asap. Motivation, passion and social confidence is required to access and make use of the huge network of brilliant minds at the university. The opportunities for exciting new world changing projects are there for those who have the drive to want them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent opportunity for personal and career development.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in Nottingham, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good links with industry, such as Rolls-Royce and Airbus. Beautiful campus and lots of internationals, so a very diverse culture around the area.

    Cons

    Can't think of anything at the top of my head.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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