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University of Northumbria Newcastle upon Tyne Reviews

Updated July 5, 2017
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  1. "A changing world"

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    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good pay and holidays. Good colleagues. Generally a nice environment to work in. Always trying to get better.

    Cons

    Forever changing. Little trust in staff. Too much micro management from above. Too much red-tape. Often poor communication and inclusion of the right people.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the red-tape. Trust your staff. Allow for flexibility of skill, with good promotion opportunities for all.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Could be so much better"

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Administrative in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Northumbria full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexi time and pay is comparably generous

    Cons

    Constantly changing environment meant staff were always on edge, management had no change management abilities whatsoever, very few progression opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Management need more training on how to organise workload and manage staff. Management weren't knowledgeable and didn't instil much confidence in staff.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Struggling Staff"

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    Current Employee - Support in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Support in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Used to be good but cuts are eroding that every day.

    Cons

    The massive cuts in staff have left people struggling to cope. There's no job security in support areas. Management just load more work onto less people. The wage savings from all of the staff redundancies are being used to build or acquire new buildings but support staff are on the edge.
    Management seem to think this is the way it should be and dismiss concerns.

    Advice to Management

    You are trying to run the place on too few staff resources yet expect to rise up to Russell Group level. You don't care about the low morale you have caused. "De-layering" removed progression opportunities for many. Can't end well.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Bad Management"

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    Current Employee - Professional Support in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Professional Support in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not many - maybe the city centre location if you can use public transport otherwise parking charges have recently be massively increased. But that's about it.

    Cons

    Arrogant Management. This Uni is leading the charge towards privatisation and polarisation.
    Big salaries and pay rises for those at the top (often imported from the wonderful private sector) and stagnant salaries and extra pressure for those at the bottom. Those who are grade 5 and below may no longer join the LGPS instead there's a defined contribution scheme. In most support areas there are not enough people to get the work done properly.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff. When people disagree with you it's not because you didn't explain your thinking well enough, it's just that they disagree you, i.e. with being forced to work longer for less. They disagree with being dumped with extra work and having it called 'empowerment'.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "I loved my time here"

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    Former Employee - Management Accountant/Finance Business Partner in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Management Accountant/Finance Business Partner in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary, good facilities, good location, professional support (non academics) staff are usually brilliant, Academic staff are entertaining, good career progression and training prospects.

    Cons

    I hear car parking sucks in the City Centre (you could always cycle and use the excellent facilities on hand).

    Academics run the university, unfortunately in this climate it needs to be run as a business therefore a lot of poor decision making happens at the top.

    Very top heavy management which are frankly not needed.

    Advice to Management

    Time for a new VC?


  6. Helpful (5)

    "demoralising"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Long established reputation is still worth something – the 'brand' name. Attractive city to work and study is popular with many students. Buildings have seen major improvements in quality and structure.

    Cons

    Dreadful management with a 'one-size-fits-all approach'. Ever ongoing re-structuring and constant change. Continuing centralisation, out sourcing and tick-boxing. Staff increasingly left feeling demoralised, belittled and worthless by a self-important management that seems incapable of listening and prefers the stick to the carrot. As a people business, there is little interest in staff happiness and satisfaction.

    Advice to Management

    Stop climbing on the shoulders of hard working, intelligent people so that you can achieve your own goals of self-importance.


  7. "Research academic"

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    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Good work and life balance
    Great autonomy
    Great support for early career researchers
    Great training programs
    Very good work culture

    Cons

    Too many changes to structure.
    No proper vision and the changes do not make it easy to stick to one plan.
    More attention and concern for staff who are always missing from work place and almost no attention for staff who work hard to cover for missing staff.
    HR policies are hilarious. Individuals can choose not to come to work without informing anyone. No disciplinary action is taking against such individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Get your HR right!

  8. "pretty cool"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They provide excellent facilities for personal development. They have one of the best libraries ever and also the careers advice section is brilliant. Very friendly environment, I'd advise you to get involved with one of the student societies, there are lots to choose from. The sports centre is super awesome and convenient as well

    Cons

    While the university is well known for fields such as business, law and sports; it is not well known for science. So if you enter science like me, do not expect too much prestige when you walk out


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Used to be great but is being slowly eroded by senior management and an inept Vice Chancellor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexi Time, generous annual leave, amazing staff

    Cons

    Terrible senior managers/Vice Chancellor
    Privatisation
    Not enough focus on what the University is good at, learning and teaching, not research
    Constant restructures and redundancies
    Do not listen to staff
    Challenging working week
    No progression opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of management from the private sector all they care about is lining there own pockets! Bring in true education managers who care about the job not the bottom line! LISTEN TO STAFF! Don't pretend to, actually listen!


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Challening"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good facilities for research, some good staff around to collaborate. Nice working space with good connection for the subburbs and local ammenities.

    Cons

    The university management is poor, very hard to go through with the paper work, even harder to get anythibg organised. Lack of care for common wealth is the worst, with some employees working against and not with progress. Lack of initiatives and money to apply for grands, and only local-insignificant projects are supported.

    Advice to Management

    Clear procedures are needed. Also it would be good to facilitate group projects that go beyond university walls.


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