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University of Bedfordshire Luton Reviews

Updated February 5, 2017
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  1. "GPD Computing Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends

    Pros

    Chance to gain experience and improve your CV

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons apart from the program being short term.


  2. "Toxic"

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    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues to work with at the departmental level who are supportive, thoughtful and creative.
    Good location in terms of transport infrastructure
    Strong focus on needs of students and support for students is truly outstanding

    Cons

    Top down, hierarchical approach where the SLT have very little connection with the workforce.
    Blame culture prevelent
    Little strategic understanding - departments set against each other offering competing courses!

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff and trust them. You undertake so many surveys, and then adopt tokenistic band-aid strategies. Instead please take he time to honestly get to know your staff, believe in what we are saying, and help us to move the university forward.


  3. "The Carrot and the Stick"

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    Former Contractor - Tracking Administrator in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Tracking Administrator in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Bedfordshire as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People were nice to work with, work was rewarding and it was clear what was expected of me.

    Cons

    Overly political; we would be expected to go over and above our usual duties to please one particular department manager, while snubbing others who weren't, as the manager deemed them, "important enough" to warrant the effort.

    In addition, the overall air in management was that of demonstrable liars-- until the second-last day of my contract I'd been offered a renewal, which had been signed and dated. At the end of the my second-last day I was called in by management to be told that my contract was not being renewed as the workload had declined. When I referenced paperwork that had been signed off already all knowledge of it was denied and the paperwork mysteriously disappeared.

    Finally, being paid my final settlement, despite normally taking place at the end of the month, took a full six weeks following the usual pay date. Again, due to the manager 'losing' the paperwork.

    Advice to Management

    Assuming it hasn't already been done (to be fair, it's now been years), there needs to be a serious reworking of management. There's very much an ivory tower feel when dealing with anybody above supervisor level, and that's unacceptable in a public institution.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Bad Bad Bad"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was local.
    Has a Costa Coffee
    The academic librarians were helpful
    Colleagues were lovely sub Vice Chancellor's Executive Group Level (VCEG)

    Cons

    Lack of confidentiality, corporate integrity zero career progression. This organisation thrives on a culture of bullying and harassment and god help you if you don't toe the line! The Vice Chancellor acts in presidential manner but not a good president, has a god complex, sweeping in and expecting adulation for his magnanimity that he's deigned to swoop down from heaven to walk amongst the mere mortals that are staff and students.

    There are so many things wrong with this organisation which is staffed with good people and committed people who strive to do a good job, the problem is not them but rather the out of touch top team who neither listen nor act but preach all the time about staff engagement, the student experience. Howvever when faced with feedback from actual staff or students they behave like rabbits in a headlight , scuttling back to their plush offices and send the word down the line "bury it", "ignore it", get rid of...[him or her]. All surface and no substance.

    To work there you need an EXTREMELY thick skin, bullet proof skin and a stab proof vest and even then my advice watch your back.

    ...and the toilets never flush properly and the touch sensitive or sensor taps don't work. Hope you can hold your bladder ALL day.

    Advice to Management

    1) Come out of your ivory tower.
    2) if you want to know your people stop the presidential and walk the talk. Roll up your sleeves, climb into the bunker, get your hands dirty and show that you mean it.
    3) Get rid of malign influences who cling on like dead wood to ruin your reputation.
    4) In short pull you head out of your XXXX.


  6. "Visiting Lecturer"

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    Former Employee - Visitor Lecturer in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Visitor Lecturer in Luton, East of England, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Bedfordshire part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really good University to work in. Staff is really friendly.

    Cons

    I do not have any cons.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  7. "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Intern in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Bedfordshire (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    there is nothing bad which i find in this university


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Perpetual oppression and bureaucracy"

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    Former Employee - Senior Lecturer in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Lecturer in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some flexible working, though this is being eroded

    Cons

    Poor to non-existant leadership, at all levels in most departments
    'Bums-on-seats' student recruitment philosophy
    Workplace bullying rife, and unchallenged by HR
    Complex bureaucracy and hierarchy militate against creativity and creative approaches to teaching
    No upward career mobility beyond PL from within

    Advice to Management

    Flatten the hierarchy
    Address and eliminate bullying
    Develop leaders from within
    Work with an action inquiry approach to overcome the above shortcomings


  9. "good place to learn work ethics while studying"

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    Current Intern - Work Placement in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Intern - Work Placement in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends

    I have been working at University of Bedfordshire as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    can get lots of experience

    Cons

    noticed nothing everything was seem to be perfect


  10. "Good to work for short"

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Luton, East of England, England (UK)

    Pros

    Enjoy relax life.
    Time is flexible.
    Good transportation convenience.

    Cons

    Location is not good.
    Low university quality.

    Advice to Management

    increase university quality instead of the number of students.


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