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Oxford University Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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Pros
  • World class university enabling cross disciplinary research (in 17 reviews)

  • State of art facilities Excellent working environment, International brand name (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life Balance might suffer, depending on how much a publication record you want to build (in 17 reviews)

  • Expensive to live -- almost the same as London although with less pay (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Great department"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The chemistry department is extremely well-fitted with all the necessary equipment to perform research. The building is relatively new and the working environment receives lots of natural light. It is a very inspiring place to work in.

    Cons

    The only downside is the UK weather.


  2. "Good city to do PhD in (Chemistry), but £££"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Oxford is a fantastic and almost unique city (other than Cambridge) in the UK - nowhere else is quite like it. Facilities are largely excellent and modern, quality of research is high. For a city steeped in history, it is also well-equipped with more "modern" amenities (decent shops, leisure facilities etc) and is within striking distance of the capital.

    Also huge numbers of extra-curricular opportunities. Genuinely, whatever your interest, from volunteer teaching to harry potter, there is a club for it.

    Careers department is top class.

    Cons

    Oxford is a very expensive place to live, which combined with the inevitably average student funding can make it a bit challenging.

    Within my department, whilst most facilities are good, some are decidedly lacking. This is primarily due to questionable running of facilities by university bureaucracy (e.g. refusing to fund a laboratory freezer being a recent highlight).

  3. "Stipendiary Lecturer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Stipendiary Lecturer in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Stipendiary Lecturer in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Prestige, immediate name recognition, and intellectual heft across departments and colleges.

    Cons

    Poor stewardship of human resources, compensation to junior researchers and educators.

    Advice to Management

    Beware resting on laurels...


  4. "Great university"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent university to be a researcher at. College system makes socialising very easy

    Cons

    A lot of bureaucracy at the central university level.


  5. "good play to do PhD"

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    nice environment, friendly people, flexible working hour

    Cons

    no salaries, sometime extremely busy


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunities can be found!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great diversity - very international place to work. Plenty of opportunities to collaborate if that's what you'd like to do. Lots of interesting seminars that you can attend to expand your knowledge and to network.

    Cons

    If you are not a member of a college, it can be very difficult to fully integrate into the university/city so I'd highly recommend becoming affiliated with a college -for both socially and academically.

    Advice to Management

    There are a plenty of old school management styles/division with a lot of long term members - there can be quite a lot of resistance to change, so listen out for younger voices. Also given the very competitive nature, the working atmosphere can be quite fierce - definitely would benefit from compulsory training for group leaders!


  7. "A good review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Bodleian Business Librarian in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Bodleian Business Librarian in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Intellectual capital of the comunity

    Cons

    A very large organisation that doesn't implement change veryeasily

    Advice to Management

    simplify things

  8. "top of the academic and bright people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    people with similar mindset and passion around you

    a lots learning opportunities

    Cons

    no obvious one but may vary with groups


  9. "Excellent Academic Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Academic freedom, direct teaching contact with students, amazing quality of other academics to interact with.

    Cons

    Some anxiety from the need to publish, certain courses need innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Look at core teaching syllabi and make sure they're well-calibrated.


  10. "Student"

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

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    The University of Oxford (informally Oxford University or simply Oxford) is a collegiate research university located in Oxford, England. It has no known date of foundation, but there is evidence of teaching as far back as 1096,

    Cons

    It grew rapidly from 1167 when Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris. After disputes between students and Oxford townsfolk in 1209, some academics fled north-east to Cambridge where they established what became the University of Cambridge.

    Advice to Management

    Being a city university, it does not have a main campus; instead, its buildings and facilities are scattered throughout the city centre. Most undergraduate teaching at Oxford is organised around weekly tutorials at the colleges and halls, supported by classes, lectures and laboratory work provided by university faculties and departments.


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