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University of Leeds Reviews

Updated July 23, 2017
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  • Limited benefits if you're on short-term contracts (in 5 reviews)

  • students, pay, red tape, academics, noise (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "PGR"

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

    I have been working at University of Leeds full-time

    Pros

    Liveley, helpful, friendly, challenging, scope

    Cons

    students, pay, red tape, academics, noise


  2. "PhD Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    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

  3. "Pleasant place to work with few opportunities."

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Leeds, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The university provides a pleasant work environment and colleagues are considerate and helpful. Staff benefits are good and regular events take place to make staff feel life they're party if the university despite it's large size.

    Cons

    There don't seem to be many opportunities for career advancement. Positions seem to be contingent on funding, which means lower job security.

    Advice to Management

    Please try to develop active programs to help researchers to remain at the institution rather than having to face continual termination at the end of each contact. This will keep knowledge and skills in the university and prevent draining of resources.


  4. "school of law"

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

    Pros

    a group of talented colleagues

    Cons

    full of bureacratic red tape

    Advice to Management

    have a constructive role


  5. "Pleasant atmosphere"

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

    I have been working at University of Leeds full-time

    Pros

    - Top people
    - Good admin support
    - Good salary for junior academic staff

    Cons

    - Work life balance not a thing for academic staff (standard across Russell Groups)
    - Terribly slow desktop computers
    - Favoritism


  6. "Contract nightmares"

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

    I have been working at University of Leeds full-time

    Pros

    Depending on your project and your PI you are going to have a different experience.
    Access to a range of equipment.
    Holiday entitlement is good 25days + public holidays.

    Cons

    I don't find that the university is very helpful in training/mentoring people but there are workshops you can go to.
    Contract-based work.
    Over-reliance on PhD students to make a functional lab.

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. "Great place to work"

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

    I worked at University of Leeds full-time

    Pros

    Massive flexibility of time. Autonomous working. Creative and appreciative atmosphere for the moat part. Fantastic facilities.

    Cons

    If you fall out of favour you become anonymous. The reporting structures are very loose

    Advice to Management

    Closer line management could improve the performance of some people although some may feel stifled by it

  8. "Lecturer"

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

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

    Pros

    University of Leeds provides a good level of support in terms of training (e.g. research, programming etc.).

    Cons

    High demands in terms of publishing combined with a high teaching load. In my first year I was a leader for two modules with a responsibility to teach all lectures and all seminars. Needless to say, I got limited research done. This obviously varies by department, but in many other universities new lecturers have no teaching obligations in their first year.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the amount of teaching for new staff members, and let them concentrate on publishing their PhD work.


  9. "PhD Student"

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

    I worked at University of Leeds full-time

    Pros

    Quality of teaching is high. Also lots of high quality research being conducted. Social scene is one the best nationwide.

    Cons

    Higher levels of management not in touch with teaching staff. Lots of extra work and overtime not accounted for.


  10. "Mixed experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at University of Leeds full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The holidays are decent and the facilities on the campus are excellent. There is the opportunity as a professional member of staff to work collaboratively with creative people on interesting projects.

    Cons

    Frustratingly time and again managers refuse to support policies such as flexible working for professional staff and yet they are happy for people to work extra hours or miss lunch repeatedly in order to get jobs done.

    Advice to Management

    you may have a conscientious high achieving work force, but you should treat people fairly and that means if policies are in place for things such as flexible working they should be applied


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