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University of Leeds Reviews

Updated September 1, 2017
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Pros
  • Great working environment in multidisciplinary Astbury centre allows for great working collaborations (in 14 reviews)

  • Generous salary, great benefits, schemes supporting funding of courses for those employed at the lower salary grades, flexible working hours (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Limited benefits if you're on short-term contracts (in 5 reviews)

  • long hours at work, too many responsibilities, hard to promote (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Management"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Office Clerk in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Office Clerk in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at University of Leeds full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Variety of career opportunity
    promotion

    Cons

    School of Chemical and Process Engineering management is very poor. Employees are not treated fairly and you will hate it working here.. I am dreading to finish my contract and move elsewhere where I am treated well..


  2. "Short-term"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at University of Leeds as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, interesting work, casual

    Cons

    Short-term contracts, last minute contract renewals

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Institution, not-so-great organisation"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. "it's okay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Leeds full-time

    Pros

    good location, fun activities in the Union, pretty buildings, SDDU team are really helpful

    Cons

    overly hierarchical, poor internal communications within teams (though the corporate internal communications team tries really hard), lots of meetings behind closed doors and information isn't disseminated, poor attitudes towards undergraduate students, 'them and us" culture.

    Advice to Management

    work on internal communications within teams... all school meetings, all faculty meetings, bulletins etc.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Support staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great promotional opportunities if you are willing to move around the institution

    Cons

    Generally staff were ok with the exception of academics who felt they were more important than the students themselves!


  6. "Lovely environment (worked at Weetwood sports facilities). Great work colleagues let down by senior management."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Leeds full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent facilities, constantly being developed and improved.

    Cons

    If you like hockey, even better play or coach the sport you will be in demand and progress in work here. However don't expect a clear and transparent job pathway, Hockey players appear to be head hunted and given jobs. The facilities manager (although competent and efficient) seems to use his budget as a recruitment tool, to progress his own hobby.

    Advice to Management

    Get to grips with the recruitment and personal opportunities at Weetwood. Scrutinise the accounts! Is this a University to support its current students or past students and weekend hockey? Surely BUCS on a wednesday is where money should be invested and financial support should not go to outside sports clubs.


  7. "The Strategy is "Increasing knowledge and opportunity" BUT the reality is admin gets in the way"

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Leeds full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great if you like using lots of different admin IT systems, and/or like lots of admin, rather than teaching and research!

    Cons

    Academic staff have LOTS of online paperwork. Every Intranet admin function uses a different IT system withn a different interface: undergrad teaching admin has VLE, Student turoring has "Leeds for Life", Research Postgrad admin has PDR, Research project management has KRISTAL and incomprehensible Excel spreadsheets, Research proposal admin has J-eS, Research publications has Symplectic, HR has a weird "psychadelic trip" website I cannot fathom, ... I keep asking for plain text which I can use without mouse and complex navigation, but everyone just passes the buck and says it's IT...

    Advice to Management

    The University website is a mess! In particular the Intranet is designed for Admin staff, but not for academic end-users. Every Admin IT interface must have a mouse-free plain text alternative, this will streamline academic staff use of disparate Admin websites and online admin processes. This will increase knowledge and opportunity! (Leeds University supposed strategy)

  8. "Ups and downs"

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    Current Employee - Project Officer in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Officer in Leeds, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at University of Leeds full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good holidays
    Good atmosphere on campus
    Some very nice scenery and interesting buildings
    Interest in the environment, ethical practices (Student Union)

    Cons

    Very hierarchical
    Support staff not given opportunity to develop or progress
    Bullying and unfair treatment quite rife

    Advice to Management

    We are all cogs that make this wheel work. Treat people on all levels with equal respect and dignity


  9. Helpful (2)

    "If you like to get things done, this is not the place for you"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very flexible re. work balance. Lectures are not really expected to be there at their offices other than when teaching. If they can find some conference or research project, then they can actually live hundreds of miles away and show up once a month.

    Cons

    Clogged by paperwork. This is not an innovative or creative place. This is a bureaucracy. Everything done in here is about making sure the Uni is not sued. Staff are afraid of students and students show little interest in staff. Research is about publications, not about knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    Get a vision that is inspirational. More publications, more students and survival is not a vision. It is a cop out.


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