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Edinburgh Napier University Reviews

Updated 12 Sep 2019

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21 Ratings
  1. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Principal Research Fellow in Merchiston
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Edinburgh Napier University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The Merchiston campus is situated at a nice position easy to get to city centre and travel from the train station.The buildings are well maintained and clean. The teaching and research activities are going well, and you can get help easily.

    Cons

    University parking is an issue.

    Advice to Management

    Need to attract more fundings to improve laboratory facilities and wisely use the available space

    Edinburgh Napier University2017-01-20
  2. "Masters"

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    I have been working at Edinburgh Napier University

    Pros

    Student satisfaction is extremely important. Offers a good work/ life balance with flexible working hours. Excellent pension scheme with employer contributions circa 19.4%.

    Cons

    Although there are a lot of talented staff and colleagues at the University, the drive to turn the University into a Research intensive one is not proving successful, and impacts heavily upon staff morale with a negative affect on the culture.

    Edinburgh Napier University2016-12-05
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Focus on Strengths!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Edinburgh Napier University full-time

    Pros

    Student satisfaction is extremely important. Offers a good work/ life balance with flexible working hours. Excellent pension scheme with employer contributions circa 19.4%.

    Cons

    Although there are a lot of talented staff and colleagues at the University, the drive to turn the University into a Research intensive one is not proving successful, and impacts heavily upon staff morale with a negative affect on the culture.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the University strengths and don't try to make it something it isn't.

    Edinburgh Napier University2016-10-24
  4. "academic work"

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    Network Security in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University for more than 3 years

    Pros

    specialist work in field quite good

    Cons

    not very well organised from admin

    Advice to Management

    needs to stop trying to pick up fees

    Edinburgh Napier University2016-09-02
  5. "Mixed prospects"

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     in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work-life balance and holiday allowance. Generally good facilities overall across the various campus sites. Departments, facilities and support services are generally well-funded and contemporary. Salaries increase annually within the progression system up to the maximum for the role's salary range, and staff with the university for more than 5 years get extra annual leave entitlement. The university offers... a pension scheme.

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    Cons

    The university has a very siloed setup, with poor communication between departments and groups. Political shenanigans and chicanery abound (though this is common in the public sector and not unique to ENU). Morale & motivation seems to generally be an issue. Senior management seem to separate the needs of academic staff & students from priorities of support staff a lot of the time. Project work crops up on a... regular basis, but projects are not necessarily scoped or managed properly. A stifling fascination with corporate branding and nonsensical "value-speak" whenever possible, which works out as doublespeak in practical terms.

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    Advice to Management

    Drop the overly-complicated nonsense for internal development plans and focus on the roles of staff and how they can progress & develop, then encourage them to use the new skills and knowledge they gain to make the university a better place. Take steps to shift the culture away from the workaday clockwatching and towards improving the university as a working environment for everyone. Stop trying to push... corporate branding everywhere and engage honestly with staff.

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    Edinburgh Napier University2016-08-24
  6. "ENU Student Ambassador review"

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    Student Ambassador in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Edinburgh Napier University for more than a year

    Pros

    Best student pay and wide range of responsibilities available!

    Cons

    None really! Apart from some roles that are not particularly interesting, but it depends on what projects you take on!

    Edinburgh Napier University2016-07-10
  7. "parking a real problem"

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    Former Employee - Research Fellow 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly staff and a great location (merchiston campus)

    Cons

    the "building work" seemed to never end

    Advice to Management

    Don't let standards drop in the cafeteria

    Edinburgh Napier University2016-03-16
  8. "cool"

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    Project Officer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University

    Pros

    cool to work for and hours are perfect

    Cons

    to much of work sometimes

    Advice to Management

    stay cool

    Edinburgh Napier University2015-10-26
  9. "Good place to start"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Small University good for communication amongst department teams. Flexible work arrangements and good holiday leave allowance.

    Cons

    New University so little focus on Research. Very poor at encouraging and developing early career Researchers. Securing funding or time off to engage in developmental opportunities (i.e. courses, seminars) went unsupported.

    Advice to Management

    Good staff are an asset. Set aside resources per employee to invest in them and they will give back in greater measures.

    Edinburgh Napier University2015-05-12
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Clueless students, admin and general lack of ambition."

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    If you get a permanent post you can sit it out until retirement.

    Cons

    Staying motivated. Having to deal with students that really should not go into university education. Dealing with staff that have no ambition.

    Advice to Management

    Prune aggresively and nurture only the best.

    Edinburgh Napier University2014-06-23
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