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University of Kent Reviews

Updated June 23, 2017
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  • There are no cons on this job as everything is amazing (in 3 reviews)

  • 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)

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  1. "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.


  2. "Graduate Teaching Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Has been great to get teaching experience during my PhD and gain the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education. Particularly relevant for people who wish to continue their careers in academia.

    Cons

    Teaching and marking duties are unfortunately not remunerated as they should. Teaching takes preparation time and effort. Same applies to marking.

    Advice to Management

    Should offer extra pay for marking duties as they can take up days of work. Or alternatively could offer 6 months extra PhD funding for GTAs.

  3. "The potential to be a fantastic employer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canterbury, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canterbury, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Most academic staff are committed, professional and generally very competent. Professional service staff are committed. Some recent investment in buildings is positive. Proud to be the U.K.'s European University

    Cons

    The University of Kent has a fragmented management structure with certain key functions, such as Information Services and Human Resources work independently in their own silos and which are completely disconnected from the core business units (academic schools). Decision making as a painful and protracted process which can leave key decisions and key projects taking years to develop from inception to delivery. Senior middle management in central service departments I frankly clueless and disconnected from the bleeding edge of the University…student facing customer focused academic schools!

    Advice to Management

    Make a decision how are you would wish to structure the university and stick to it! A bonfire of policies is required, as it is a restructuring of middle management, to enable value addition activities at academic school level to progress unhindered by the whims of those in their personal feifdoms!


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Lack of career progression for professional services staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Kent full-time

    Pros

    Good wage for the area, generous holiday entitlement, flexible working and the opportunity to work with some very dedicated and smart people.

    Cons

    No career progression for non academic staff unless you wish to manage people. Most decisions require many many meetings and discussions and there is a general lack of agility. No consistency in grading for professional services staff across departments, despite many roles being the same and in theory the same grading scales applied to each post.

    Advice to Management

    Realise how good your staff are and value them more as an asset to the organisation rather than a disposable resource.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Depends which department you work in"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canterbury, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canterbury, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Generous annual leave, flexible working, lots of choices for lunch, Erasmus+ opportunities. Very difficult to get fired.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, slow moving, risk adverse. Unwillingness to hire externally if there is even one internal candidate, poor staff recognition - John Lewis gift cards instead of salary increases. Like to think they have a flat hierarchy but management are just out of touch with what happens on the ground. Very poor opportunities for staff training and personal development - lots of favouritism given to some employees. Huge "blame" culture - management backstab each other in front of their employees. Lots of people promoted to management who can't do the job.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up to the 21st century. Spending literally millions on a project that is doomed before it starts and quibbling about a £100 conference. Spend more time on the ground - not nice for my team to be at a department event to be asked by the department's director who we are. Invest more in your employees - personal development is important as is hiring new people (external to the institution from time to time). Remove lots of committees, have less meetings, less paperwork and recognise talent when it's in front of you.


  6. "Fairly good place to work"

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

    Staff are very friendly, plenty of benefits (ie. flexible working time, cycle to work scheme, coffee meetings) and a generally positive atmosphere.

    Cons

    Innovative and fresh ideas are generally roadblocked because senior management is quite stagnant and reluctant to change. Not the best place for a middle manager with aspirations to improve systems and functions.

    Advice to Management

    Be proactive with change, don't fear it.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant Lecturer"

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Canterbury, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Canterbury, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Kent (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work, good colleagues, module convenors, and guidance on teaching material and program.

    Cons

    This is not specific to Kent I suppose, but teaching contracts drafted late in the year, insecurity about post, and teaching load increased without increasing pay.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication with contract-based staff.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Work as researcher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good brand, professional outlook, nice networking opportunities

    Cons

    Less opportunities for research due to less funding

    Advice to Management

    improve your visibility and scholarship opportunities


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Poor management but a decent place to work otherwise."

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    Current Employee - Associate Lecturer in Canterbury, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Lecturer in Canterbury, England (UK)

    Pros

    Nice facilities and a beautiful campus. The university offers good opportunity for other training. The other staff are generally friendly. Nice location in Canterbury.

    Cons

    Poor management and even poorer communication between departments. People are often stuck on minute details they forget about the person and circumstances involved. All about who you know not how you perform. Many times people seem incapable of doing anything that isn't directly within their job description nor do they point you in the right direction.

    Advice to Management

    Work on communicating between departments. Train your staff in customer service and in how to find out information even if outside of their job description.


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