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    "LondonMet 118th Best University in UK (Out of 118 Universities Polled)"

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    Widening Participation & Outreach Officer in London, England
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    I have been working at London Metropolitan University

    Pros

    London Met is well located in Central and North London. Its boasts a diverse student body, made up of over 28,000 students of all ages from the UK and 155 countries across the globe. The university provides full- and part-time postgraduate, professional and vocational education in Britain. The 485 courses on offer are planned in consultation with employers and examining bodies in commerce, industry, the world of... art and design, the financial services industries and other professions. Both campuses are well serviced by public transport and local shops. Its effectiveness is in its sheer size and location.

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    Cons

    LondonMet consists of two former colleges that in 10 years have not amalgamated. The ICT is antiquated & software is inadequate & unreliable. The leadership including the now-disgraced Vice Chancellor Brian Roper and the Board of Governors (forced to stand down by the government) and management culture is very questionable and lack-lustre bordering on inadequate and self serving. After years of refusing to... participate in the University League Tables the current VC has rightly attempted to address the reality of LondonMet heard-on by submitting LondonMet to the League Tables assessment. Hence out of 118 UK universities LondonMet holds up the table at 118. http://tinyurl.com/czzuwc Processes and procedures are not adhered to or at worst are given the impression of being adhered to. One concern is for the safety of their employees and students. Witnessing a emergency evacuation in response to a fire alarm I was appalled at the inaction and lack of urgency and duty of care by managers entrusted with that responsibility. LondonMet has the potential to rise up to a respectable standing in the league tables and to be a reputable institution especially for those students from those backgrounds unfamiliar and intimidated by the 'posh' universities. Once a good student demonstrates their mettle and achieves excellent results they will realise that universities irrespective of their prestige are there for anyone. Sadly a significant number of academic and administration staff portray an indifference and provide a poor quality of work for their students and fellow staff. Result Card: Has the potential to do better, much better. Sadly it hasn't the inclination or willpower to be positive and achieve its potential.

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    Advice to Management

    The new VC Malcolm Gillies has an unenviable and difficult task that his predecessor failed to challenge. VC Gillies has to unite a university that was amalgamated over 10 years ago, yet the divisions remain and the arrogance of campus divide remain. Time to get over it. Management need to establish a root and branch review of management & administration procedures. Not to mention creating the usual best... practices of performance indicators, targets, clear communication lines, update the technology and provide their students and staff better services and provisions. Establish departmental comparisons with other HEI's for best practise ideas and concepts. Create a comprehensive Customer Relations Management system that integrates with academic and administration to provide a comprehensive flow through of students/clients. Instigate an audit of like-minded student support programme that have proliferated across all departments and campuses and identify the successful ones and integrate these programme into a more comprehensive service for students and staff. Remember "It's the students"!

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    London Metropolitan University2010-09-14

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  1. "Hourly Paid Lecturer - Liberal Arts"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 
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    I worked at London Metropolitan University

    Pros

    London Met is a very internationally diverse university, so it makes for very interesting students and classroom conversation. Everyone comes from a different background and can contribute something unique.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, during my time of employment, the arts were being cut heavily and tensions were very high. Because of all the cuts, departments were stretched too thin and way beyond their resources. The classroom sizes were huge in an attempt to get more income in and as a result, the teacher-student ratio suffered.

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    I think there is still a high demand for liberal arts courses, and so, by cutting them so drastically, you are potentially losing students. In addition, because of being stretched so then, some of the best permanent staff left. There should be reward for being an excellent teacher, not punishment.

    London Metropolitan University2015-09-20
  2. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Communications Intern in London, England
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    I worked at London Metropolitan University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    nice team, different job activities

    Cons

    only an internship, lots of changes

    London Metropolitan University2019-10-07

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