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University of Leicester Lecturer Reviews

Updated Dec 8, 2017

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Not in the top 1% globally"

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    Current Employee - Associate Lecturer in Leicester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Leicester full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    None that I can think of

    Cons

    This review is to flag up that Leicester were recently told by the ASA that they were not allowed to claim they were in the top 1% worldwide. However, they are still using this on their advertising header on this site. Also, please note that many of the reviews are written by students, about their student jobs (student ambassador; football activator whatever that means; etc.). The reviews from academics are rather less positive to say the least. The main problem is that the management are very poor. Their recent attempts to fire whole departments has backfired and now they are picking off people individually. However, they have unfortunately selected the hardest working people (who have not had time to work on their grants and research) to subject to "performance management". Oh dear. These hard working individuals will likely leave, and the University will be very much the worse off.

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    University of Leicester2017-12-08
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Lecturer at University of Leicester"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer 

    I have been working at University of Leicester full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The normal benefits of working as an academic - flexible hours, predictable routines, etc. Academic staff are friendly to each other.

    Cons

    There is a push to increase student numbers to help the financial situation. The negative impact on staff is: - An ever-reducing quality of student. To increase numbers the entry requirements are lowered meaning we have to teach degree-level content to students that struggle to cope with it. - The Larger workload for marking, supervising etc. There is a large disparity in the pay and position of staff between departments and within departments. There are staff that have been around for a long time and were promoted during periods when promotions were easy. They clutter up the place on high salaries that block others. Teaching or Admin staff are treated like 2nd class citizens with no pretence that things should be any different. Leicester considers itself a research-led university and won't recognise that it's teaching and students support services that keep everyone in a job.

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    University of Leicester2017-09-13
  3. Helpful (4)

    "Academic"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Leicester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at University of Leicester full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    As an academic, there is relative freedom to pursue your own research.

    Cons

    I feel compelled to write this review because of the five star reviews that have been posted recently. Although some may be genuine, my suspicion is that at least some are fabricated. Let me explain. As a non-academic, the university is probably a good place to work. As an academic: Almost all departments are currently undergoing brutal "transformation" which is mainly about sacking staff. For example, the mathematics department were told to reapply for their jobs (after which 6 or so would be let go - approx 20 - 25% of the workforce). And similar approaches have been taken with other departments. Hopefully this review will serve to inform job seekers of the current situation.

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    University of Leicester2016-10-22

    University of Leicester Response

    November 4, 2016Recruitment Partner

    I’m sorry to read that your experience at the University has been a negative one. The University of Leicester is undergoing change, partly to ensure its long-term financial stability but mainly to develop a sustainable environment that supports and rewards research and gives students a transformative experience. Globally the sector is undergoing change and most institutions are addressing similar challenges. In such a situation feelings can run high and misunderstandings are common. For example, staff in Mathematics have taken the opportunity to make alternative proposals about how their department might change. Other departments have been able to bring forward ideas about improving research quality and the student experience. Hopefully your experience will improve over the coming months and you will benefit from the steps being taken to recognize research productivity and quality along with contributing to an enhanced student experience.

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  4. "Working at Leicester University"

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    Senior Lecturer in Leicester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Leicester

    Pros

    Good salary, possibility to work off-campus, emphasis on research, collegiality

    Cons

    increasing emphasis on funding capture and student satisfaction

    University of Leicester2016-01-19

    University of Leicester Response

    August 12, 2016Recruitment Partner

    Your review neatly sums up some of the benefits of working at the university: appropriate remuneration; flexible working; friendly, collaborative working relationships. Thank-you.

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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Very conservative governed by the administration university."

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Leicester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at University of Leicester full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Relatively reasonable pension scheme. Attempt to meet Athena Swan criteria.

    Cons

    Very little (compared to other university) paid leave - 25 days p/a. Unrealistically tough promotion policy (requirements are higher than those in Oxbridge); promotion is not based on skills but on political policies within the university. Faculty carry too many administrative responsibilities; very little time for research; teaching load is too high and actual interaction with students is very much time consuming without any significant benefit (for the students and for the results); unrealistic attention to individual students complaints (instead of looking at statistics).

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    University of Leicester2014-07-29
  6. "I wish that I had come to work here 20 years ago"

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    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Leicester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Leicester full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The freedom to do the job my way

    Cons

    Being constrained by, mostly necessary, university regulations

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    University of Leicester2014-05-15

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