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Updated May 24, 2017
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  1. "Lecturer in food science and technology"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    friendly work environment, new exciting facilities.

    Cons

    not so much focused on the research, difficult to get grants. and sometimes too focused on making pleased complaining students

    Advice to Management

    need some more support for Lecturer and reserch


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Management Teaching Fellow in Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Management Teaching Fellow in Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Abertay University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It was an interesting experience . I was able to learn how to teach effectively at an undergraduate level

    Cons

    I did not have that much support and was left to my own devices much of the time in planning the classes

    Advice to Management

    A bit more support would be helpful as well as a bit more structure in planning classes etc.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Rubbish Place to work"

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    Former Employee - In the IT Department in Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - In the IT Department in Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    very few, pension not too bad

    Cons

    Bad management, lack of training, poor culture


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  5. "Abertay, an empowering institution"

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you show enthusiasm and commitment to your students Abertay allows you to thrive.
    Students respond positively to challenges because they know their input will have an impact on the institution.
    The curriculum develops organically depending on the needs of employers, students and academic environment.

    Cons

    The drawback of flexibility is the need to reinvent yourself and your courses permanently. I worked 15 years at Abertay and I don't think I ever taught the same modules year on year.
    You develop great attachment to your student groups, it is hard to see them move on.

    Advice to Management

    Flexibility allows you to move positively with the times, but it does have its casualties. Support is needed for those that can't move as fast.


  6. "Fun, friendly, and moving in the right direction"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Abertay University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Abertay is a flexible employer with a mixture of part-time and flexi-work options that allow people with commitments to work around them. We are on an upward path with student satisfaction improving year on year. Staff are friendly and committed to the students and supporting each other

    Cons

    Change has been a constant for the last few years but that it because we had a lot of legacy issues to address. Change isn't a knee jerk reaction to problems though

    Advice to Management

    The changes of the last few years have been for the good and I hope we can keep improving year on year but please continue to be mindful and caring of all your staff


  7. "Do not work here unless you want to be bullied"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer
    Current Employee - Lecturer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Abertay University part-time

    Pros

    The University campus is very small which is a pro as it is easy to establish research networks with various departments.

    Cons

    The level of bullying, harrassment and unfairness is unbelievable. There is also favouritism amongst staff and this has caused issues with teams. There is a very high male to female ratio of staff especially in senior academic positions, in fact most of the divisions have male leaders. There continues to be a very high level of staff turnover and stress is rife. Staff are literally exhausted with the workloads and unrealistic turnaround for student feedback. Managers are only interested in hiring robots. Do not work here unless you have no life outside of work.

    Advice to Management

    Managers need to be more proactive, transparent and communicate with your staff. Get rid of the old and bring in the new.


  8. "Good Pay, Bad prospects"

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    Former Employee - Student Centre
    Former Employee - Student Centre
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    living wage is paid 7.50 GBP

    Cons

    The student centre will probably close soon, or continue to be downsized.
    Good Uni

    Advice to Management

    AHAHAHAHA


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Don't consider working there, even if you're desperate."

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Abertay University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The students were always fantastic.
    Dundee is a great city to work in and rent is relatively cheap in comparison to other cities in Scotland.
    A few honourable colleagues, but keep your guard up.

    Cons

    Game of Thrones political culture. Be prepared to be stabbed in the back.
    Bullying, discrimination, double standards and favouritism are rampant.
    Head of School was incompetent.
    No staff development.
    The workload is ridiculous.
    No job security or benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest, transparent and supportive with your staff. You've lost too many good people to the bloated administrative university movement in favour of preserving academic dinosaurs.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "A University in rapid decline"

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    Former Employee - Academic in Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Academic in Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Abertay University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    As another poster says students are one of the few joys.
    There are some great colleagues, but it's an ever decreasing pool as people leave.
    Probably a good place to get experience but be prepared to move on.

    Cons

    Shambolic place to work and as many others state workplace bullying is endemic.
    No plan, no communication, ineffectual mid managers. Detached and delusional senior managers.
    Annoyingly Obsessed with massaging position in league tables and student surveys without making any genuine change.
    New management system failing on multiple levels.
    Schools are all in decline, simply not competitive, including alleged flagship ones like Games.
    A 'department' that don't teach making decisions about teaching practice.
    Student Association in the pocket of senior management.
    As stated elsewhere HR is a joke. Unprofessional and incompetent at dealing with the simplest requests.
    Unions don't support staff but reps use it to safeguard own positions.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on what's important - educating students.
    Be more transparent when communicating - you may even win back staff - but you need to be honest.
    Committees only allow you convergent opinion.
    Stop hiring at the highest level - how many directors do you need?
    Senior academics should have earned PhDs!
    Listen to the other posters - if you can't retain staff or students then you aren't fulfilling your role.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Beyond unprofessional: Bullying, corruption, fraud and discrimination"

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    Former Employee - Senior Academic in Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Academic in Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Abertay University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    None! Perhaps one or two nice people I met have escaped to save their sanity.

    Cons

    Fraudulent practices, discrimination, financial corruption, favouritism. Horrible bullying culture at all levels from top to bottom I never worked in a worse place. If you speak out they bully you and target you! Useless HR, they only know how to incompetently cover up corruption, and make things worse by their uselessness because they are corrupt themselves. Useless senior management who are almost entirely "internal candidates" who bullied their way through to the top in a bullying and corrupt culture, cover up for each other (like Pyongyang democracy).

    Advice to Management

    There is a reason why you can't retain good staff or good students indeed! Stop wasting public money and messing students' future! Merge with a proper University so you can learn something.


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