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Updated June 11, 2017
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  1. "Short sighted"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great academic staff, a pleasure to work with

    Cons

    Poor executive management. Everyone fights for a slice of the pie. No coherent strategy


  2. "A dead end"

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

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

    Pros

    Good colleagues, who are supportive and friendly, some good students, some departments may have very good facilities, mine really did not.

    Cons

    If you are an academic then think very carefully about coming here. It is the graveyard of careers. If you want to do research then it is not the place for you. Research is only valued in as much as it contributes towards income. Apart for around a REF it will receive absolutely no support and worse, no understanding from management, who have mostly never and at best a long time ago, undertaken it. You will be heavily loaded with teaching and worse, endless bureaucracy in a Maoist perpetual revolution where everything changes every year and you are only as good as your last student satisfaction score.

    There are little or no prospects for promotion beyond intermediate level, except the chosen few whose faces fit. As a result there are several research professors who have never produced a book or only text books and good researchers languishing in minor positions, where they will either leave or retire.

    Management is completely uninterested in fixing this situation, but instead worries about their own salaries and positions and moving up the league tables, something at which they have been singularly unsuccessful.

    Systems continually fail as nothing is trialled or costed and usually only runs because dedicated staff, both academic and administrative, make it work despite the costs in stress and time. The philosophy of 'get 'em in regardless' means there are many weak students and the business of teaching is often remedial rather than at HE level. A lot of staff do an amazing job, but the problems just keep plying up in a race to the bottom. That is pretty much where staff moral resides. After about three to four years staff tend to realise that the university and management couldn't care less about them and that there are no prospects for them except endless and increasing workloads and increasing obscurity. What is more there is a clear culture of bullying. I resides mainly in the middle management but is the direct cause of the high management attitude, which is essentially, 'don't tell me bad news'.

    Advice to Management

    Start trusting your staff. Stop changing procedures and multiplying them constantly. Change your promotion policies so that you can reward staff for their hard work and achievements and most importantly for acting like academics rather than their level of sucking up. Stop the bulling and treat the people below you with a bit of respect, frankly they are a lot better at this than you if you only listened to them most disasters would be avoided.


  3. "Working"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked as an academic there. The work environment is good and supportive. You may enjoy there. Certain departments are really good.

    Cons

    Research is less important. People even less research background working there confidently. Other facilities are good. IT, computer journals books huge.

    Advice to Management

    The authority should give more importance on research and release more funds.


  4. "Laboratory volunteer"

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

    I worked at University of Bedfordshire part-time

    Pros

    Amazing training, friendly and approachable staff, opportunity to learn new laboratory techniques, even though I was only a volunteer I got treated the same as the full-time technicians.

    Cons

    Perhaps too many volunteers and not enough tasks to do.

    Advice to Management

    The only thing I can say is keep up the good work!


  5. "Good place to work"

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

    Pros

    Very friendly colleagues. Good working environment. Good system in place

    Cons

    Some of the systems are complex.


  6. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Lecture in Bedford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lecture in Bedford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cutting-edge facilities and knowledge of the field.

    Cons

    Admin load retrains further investment in research.

    Advice to Management

    Balance teach-reserch-admin loads between those more and less involved in research.


  7. "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.


  8. "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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "sickness culture due to to stress and bullying"

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    Former Employee - Academic in Bedford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Academic in Bedford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    some nice colleagues
    handy for the shops

    Cons

    low staff morale - merry go round of people coming and going
    poor management. the hard workers got loads to do, whilst the more tricky and difficult to manage people where left to play solitaire and facebook. management too frightened to challenge them. Lots of favouritism - people who were good got passed over and ignored, whilst the in-crowd got opportunities and promotions
    academic managers who were not academics??

    If you want a satifsying academic career do not go here. It'll spell the end for you. you won't do research or go to conferences

    Advice to Management

    employ people who can do the job
    too many internal appointments, people promoted way above their abilities.
    cut out the deadwood - far too many middle management who were ineffective
    change the curriculum - you cannot teach widening participation students using a Russell Group model


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Academic"

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    Former Employee - Academic/Researcher
    Former Employee - Academic/Researcher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cant think of one; Nice coffee and capuccino thanks to Costa; Modern facilities (but does that make a good university?)

    Cons

    Too many to mention; Very poor management; if you want to ruin your career and end up instutionalised as a result of burocracy and bad management then join this "modern" university. Middle-management busy pleasing senior management. Many students should not be there in first place but Beds prides itself in accepting almost anyone who will "pay" (very low entry standards). Most employees with valuable skills have left; University went through a voluntary severance/redundancy round and guess what? more staff than expected chose to leave.

    Advice to Management

    are not interested in advice.


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