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Pros
  • Great people to work with, good work-life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • The working environment is friendly in general (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Some of the Principal Investigators do not spend as much time with their PhD students as they perhaps should (in 8 reviews)

  • Hours worked are quite long, find it hard to concentrate when hours are so long (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Bullied by senior academics"

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

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

    Pros

    A large amount of money is being invested in new buildings, everything not required. Most of the Older buildings in the North campus, is most of the time empty for some of the floors, even during the peak hours of lectures.

    Cons

    Bullied by my advisor, because she couldn't understand the problems in experimentation, she forced me into doing things in the lab that were irrelevant. I wasn't paid for my the hours spent, but was forced to be at the university, even without allowing taking leave. This was followed by constant threats and harassment. When a complaint was made, I was further bullied by her and her colleagues including the then director of undergraduate studies of the school of MACE(Mech. Aero and Civil Engg). An internal examination, after the complaint was made, was rigged in such a way that it became favourable for her, adding statements to the report I didnot make. It showed a violation of academic integrity by the senior members of the school. The examination was also delayed by 3 months from the date of planned, where I was not allowed to do research and was not given the exact date of the exam(the university policies states that such acts contribute to bullying), with an exception for a few days before the exam. The school nor the university did not take any action against this. An external examiner(from another university, with 30 years of experience), was bought in for the second examination, where, the examiner told that I was right about the experiments and my method was the only method to solve the problem. Even after that my advisor and her department didnot even apologize for their mistakes, nor any action was taken.

    Advice to Management

    Please ask atleast to comply with the university's rules of confidentiality, when a complaint is made. Also, to comply with the rule of zero tolerance to bullying.If my advisor and her colleagues were at anyother university they would have been fired.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Racist and non responsive staff and academics"

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    Former Employee - PhD Researcher in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - PhD Researcher in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Considered high ranking though the quality of education and research is sub standard.

    Cons

    Bad quality of research and racist academic and support staff makes it a difficult place to work for a foreign researcher.

    Advice to Management

    Give better training for staff to treat people properly. Try training academic staff to not add forged results to adaemic publications

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Bad choice for international students/ researchers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Rated highly in the ranking though teaching and research is not upto standards.

    Cons

    International graduate students are treated badly compared to their british counterparts. Some professors and support services employees have racist attitude towards international students.

    Advice to Management

    Please consider a employee base on equality and diversity that works for all students.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Bullied and suffered harrassment, poor teaching and research quality"

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    Former Employee - PhD Student in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very glossy infrastructure where a lot of money is invested in constructing new buildings.

    Cons

    Was bullied by senior academic and left traumatized. Complaints were not taken into consideration and no action were taken against the academics who perpetrated harassment. The harrasments account to human rights violations especially to female students and the university turns a blind eye to it.

    The quality of teaching and research quality is poor, this also includes poor assessment where academics makes mistakes in assessment of exams and grade sheets have erroneous entires.

    Advice to Management

    Please take complaints seriously, especially in a university that talks about human right to the public and does research on effect of harassment on students in academia.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Poor quality of research and teaching, not good for graduate studies"

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    Former Employee - PhD Student in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    In the city of manchester which is beautiful, most of the things you need are within walking distance.

    Cons

    Poor quality of research and teaching, along with poor treatment of students especially if the student is a international graduate student. The post-graduation employment rates shown by the university is untrue. Most of the people I know had to struggle for years (atleast 2-3 years) or do a secondary degree from another university to obtain a job. Most complaints are not taken seriously, unless it is a made by a British student, In most cases complaints backfire as faults from the student or young researchers. A lot of intellectual jealousy exists among senior lecturers, that they tend to extend the students graduation beyond the required period and even threaten students that raise level of anxiety and generate artificial stress, though the stress level for doing research for smart student who can clearly understand the problem at hand is low.

    Advice to Management

    Please do a physiological analysis of senior lecturers in engineering before hiring them. Some of the faculty members who are in the habit of bullying, threatening and controlling students should be identified and measures should be taken to regulate or remove them, as it may affect the future of graduate students who come to study there.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "PhD student, bad academics and bullying"

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    Former Employee - PhD Student In Engineering in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - PhD Student In Engineering in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Manchester (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Close to city and a great city

    Cons

    The quality of teaching and research is considerably low, even compared to universities in the developing world. The university has a lot if politics among senior lecturers and show lack of maturity in dealing with students, to the extent that they show jealousy along with lack of knowledge and go the the extreme of ruining a students careers. Underpaid or no pay as a PhD student. Provides wrongful data on post graduation employment.

    Advice to Management

    Please perform a annual review on senior lecturers and professors. Take confidential student reviews online and outside the department after the exams results for the students are out. Because honest reviews prior to the exams have lowered student's exams scores.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Complaints are not taken seriously, low quality of teaching"

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

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ranked highly, though in reality the quality of research and teaching isn't very good.

    Cons

    Low quality of research and harassment to the level which is considered criminal, is being performed by faculty members at the university. The worst case is that the university doesn't act upon any complaints made against the faculty members even though the severity of the complaints and harassment are high. Put recorded lecture videos of each lecture on blackboard, and even publicly on youtube, as done in major research universities in Singapore, United States, India etc. This could help people around the globe to comment on the actual quality of teaching.

    Advice to Management

    Instead giving a blind eye to complaints and being rude when a complaint is made is not the way to go. In case of quality of teaching, consider recording lectures of every class and providing it on blackboard. Make online confidential reviews of research and teaching post exams, to know what students and young researchers actually think about the quality of the research and teaching activity at the university. Controlling and covering up will not be fruitful in the long run, listen to feedbacks very carefully and make constructing outcomes to complaints made, rather than blackmailing students and young researchers. Complaints are made because there is a reason, try to find and solve it. We have great faith in the chancellor to make changes happen.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "I have been working at the UoM for more than 5 years"

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Administrative in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The University has policies about work/life balance. However, depending who is your manager. He/she can make your life difficult regarding to apply for flexible working.

    Cons

    This University does not appreciate hard working people or someone who brings new ideas. The culture of this organization is trapped on a management style from decades ago. There are no career opportunities or career development if you are not an academic.

    Advice to Management

    Provide training to member of staff who are working in management roles.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Perhaps one of the most disappointing universities you could ever find."

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A good reputation/ranking in the world. The city life is ok.

    Cons

    Extremely bad supporting services. The service centre and accommodation office only care about if you come to pay them money in the way that they prefer. For example, if you wanna pay your accommodation fees, you have to do it through direct debit. However, for many students, banks usually refuse to debit the money due to the large amount of money required to be taken from their accounts. If you tell the accommodation office that you can pay directly by card, they will just say NO. Consequently, you will have to pay the £25 - £30 delay penalty charge.

    The school (Computing) is such a place that treat students and staffs unfairly. As mentioned by other people here, if you are from a developing country, you will be treating like a moron. For each PhD student, there will be an interview at the end of each academic year to assess your research progress. Again, if you are from a developing country, get yourself prepared to be judged extremely critical and unfair.

    The funny thing is that every year the university holds several open days to public to get more students come study here. They will pretend to be so friendly on open days, whereas their attitude will change dramatically once you really come and study here.

    Advice to Management

    Really start to do something to improve student's satisfactions, PLEASE!!!


  10. Helpful (4)

    "A place where academic bullying and threatening is permitted"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good library facilities and beautiful buildings.

    Cons

    Bullied and threatened. When complained about it, the bullying continues further. When a complaint is given, the first response is to meet the person who bullied you and solve it. Most of the time they give a: " i cannot help you type of answer." The people who generally investigate or receive complaints help in covering up the violence done by their colleagues. The Severely damaged my career and is now suffering from traumatic stress.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just say that there is zero tolerance against bullying, and try covering it up. Create a system where people who commit harassment are brought to question and exposed.


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