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University of Leeds Reviews

Updated April 22, 2017
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  • Short term contracts and uncertainty (in 4 reviews)

  • Long hours, limited opportunities to advance, lots of cut backs at the moment resulting in poor job security, poor car parking (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Student Ambassador"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good pay and great collegues.

    Cons

    Not a great amount of hours available


  2. "Fantastic workplace"

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    Current Employee - CITIES Events and Communications Coordinator
    Current Employee - CITIES Events and Communications Coordinator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Leeds (Less than a year)

    Pros

    laid back, supportive, good atmosphere, under 512million reconstruction at the moment so the facilities are excellent

    Cons

    if working as temporary staff, the university can be lacking in appropriate workspace


  3. "PhD Student"

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

    I have been working at University of Leeds full-time

    Pros

    No strict hours, convenient location.

    Cons

    Inconsistent supervision style, little oversight of the academics

    Advice to Management

    Take student comments seriously and be proactive


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  5. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Leeds, England (UK)

    Pros

    Good position, teaching assistant, interesting, demanding but fulfilling

    Cons

    So far, no big issues

    Advice to Management

    Very good, keep going


  6. "Study Abroad Student Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Study Abroad Student Assistant in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Study Abroad Student Assistant in Leeds, England (UK)
    Recommends

    I have been working at University of Leeds part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly office atmosphere and my employer takes an interest in me; they are keen to offer me as many shifts as they can and to challenge me with different tasks each time. Pays well for the role.

    Cons

    Zero hours contract which is idea for a student but not great if you want more regular work.


  7. "Great place to be a PhD student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Leeds, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Dynamic and lively atmosphere in the School of Geography. Lots of other PhD students which is great for stimulating discussion, coming up with ideas, getting support when things are challenging and a generally good working atmosphere. Lots of high quality research going on.

    Cons

    Can only speak for my department, but fairly hierarchical between academics and students, would be nice to have more casual interactions with senior staff

    Advice to Management

    Can only speak for my department, but generally everything seems organised and well run.


  8. "University of Leeds PhD"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Leeds, England (UK)
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great working environment in multidisciplinary Astbury centre allows for great working collaborations. The university is friendly and welcoming as is the city.

    Cons

    Low salary for a role that involved lots of hard work and for a highly qualified position. Can sometimes feel undervalued because of this reason

    Advice to Management

    If possible there should be more parity in PhD stripends, however this is understandably not an issue isolated to this institution but the PhD system as a whole.


  9. "Student Ambassador"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    - Friendly staff
    - Free lunch
    - Good pay

    Cons

    - Not challenging enough
    - Quiet intervals


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    "Great Institution, not-so-great organisation"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Leeds, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Leeds has a great name, in some cases has great resources, and, therefore, its great to have on your CV.

    Cons

    Management of post-doctoral/early-career researchers at a University level is poor. There is an archaic system for retaining staff on fixed term contracts, for example having to go on to a redeployment register to, in some cases, re-apply for your job. The promotion process is also more hassle than simply joining a different university.


  11. "Great University for students"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Leeds, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at University of Leeds full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Supervisors and scientists at the University are typically excellent. I've felt very well supported in my current department and have made many lifelong friends. Funding to the University is good and the facilities are very good.

    Cons

    The University can sometimes be overly bureaucratic - finance departments can sometimes be poor and things like student registration are a pain. Admin departments can sometimes be poor. I feel like this can sometimes take away from the excellent work being done at Leeds. Pressure for publications is also a problem but this is a system wide problem over all Universities.


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