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University of Kent Reviews

Updated August 11, 2017
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University of Kent Vice-Chancellor Julia Goodfellow
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Pros
  • Good pay and the job was not too demanding (in 5 reviews)

  • Generous annual leave, flexible working, lots of choices for lunch, Erasmus (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • The Rochester campus is very inaccessible if the lift is out of order as it's built on a very steep hill and has many many stairs (in 2 reviews)

  • For professional services (non-academic) it is actually quite easy to get a low-level role (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Working at Kent"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Canterbury, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Canterbury, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Kent part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people and working conditions

    Cons

    The city of Canterbury is small so not too exciting


  2. "Good University"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Kent full-time

    Pros

    Fair terms of work, considerate and helpful HR departments. Great campus and lots of useful additional benefits if you make use of them. A good, vibrant place to work.

    Cons

    Perhaps a tendency to be lost within a large organisational structure and sometimes ideas, concerns could be more usefully addressed.

    Advice to Management

    Could be more actively involved with all levels and needs of staff.

  3. "Working Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canterbury, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canterbury, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Kent full-time

    Pros

    Our park land style Campus makes for a most pleasant place to work. It is really nice to walk around the Campus to meetings and so on through well landscaped grounds with an abundance of wildlife such as squirrels and rabbits running here and there. The student population make the whole place very vibrant and gives a feeling of openness with many people from countries other than the UK.
    The policies in place for the well being and respect for peoples protected characteristics are taken seriously and add to the ambience of the Campus

    Cons

    Car parking on Campus is not as easy as it used to be.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the good work. Our Vice Chancellor Dame Julia Goodfellow setrs a very good example at high levels.


  4. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Kent full-time

    Pros

    Excellent resources, and exciting to work with some of the top academics in the UK.
    Very friendly teams and investment in diversity and inclusion.
    Lots of projects to get involved in.

    Cons

    Office space and work areas are not ideal

    Advice to Management

    Invest in some better office facilities please :-)


  5. "PhD Researcher"

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

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

    Pros

    - PhD scholarships for European and UK students
    - School for Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research offers an excellent and friendly working environment
    - Flat hierarchies
    - Competent and enthusiastic academic and administrative staff in SSPSSR

    Cons

    - Not enough funding and encouragement for research visits
    - Conflict between qualitative and quantitative research seems made up and arbitrary
    - Too much pressure on PhD students to publish papers, teach and submit their thesis within 3 years

    Advice to Management

    Instead of putting more pressure on students, the school should try to help students maintain a healthy work life balance and should also try to make 4 years the norm for a PhD rather than 3 years.


  6. "Expreince as a PhD students"

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    Former Employee - PhD Student in Canterbury, England (UK)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Canterbury, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Kent (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very nice and peace working and living enviroment.

    Cons

    Liabrary resource can be improved more.


  7. "-Student Tutor"

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    Former Employee - Student Mentor/Senior Consultant in Canterbury, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Student Mentor/Senior Consultant in Canterbury, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Very good employer

    - Flexible hours

    Cons

    - Poor travel refunds

    - Poor training delivery

  8. "Senior Support Desk Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canterbury, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canterbury, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Kent part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing for students as you can just input your availability and get work when suits you

    Cons

    There are no cons on this job as everything is amazing. It is very busy at times but the work is very enjoyable in general


  9. "Good employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Kent full-time

    Pros

    Well aware of employment law;
    Well resourced.

    Cons

    Not very good pay for support staff

    Advice to Management

    Support staff is not less important or much less contributer than lectures​, so would be beneficial if this reflects on the payscales.


  10. "Kent Sport"

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    Former Employee - Duty Officer
    Former Employee - Duty Officer
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible on hours
    good environment and people
    amazing gym membership benefit

    Cons

    at times is hard to get a shift


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