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University of Nottingham Nottingham Reviews

Updated May 12, 2017
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  • Short working hours, and no pay for lunch time (in 5 reviews)

  • I have found that technicians, admin staff and academics are quite separated, and this makes things uncomfortable sometimes (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Really good"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Recommends

    I worked at University of Nottingham (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very good admin support
    Skilled team leaders

    Cons

    Cannot think of any cons

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "PGCE student"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Nottingham in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Nottingham in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really supportive university mentors and staff.

    Cons

    Challenging course- very intensive but if it's the sector you like then you shouldn't have problems.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing.


  3. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Recommends

    Pros

    Gain research experience while completing your degree through the engineering research internship. It helped me to perform better in my final year project.

    Cons

    Depending on the research topic, the project can be boring.


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  5. "PhD Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nottingham, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Nottingham (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very cooperating research staff
    Good research value

    Cons

    Funding for international PhD students is not enough
    Should be highly motivated


  6. "Great cosmopolitan environment and progressive approach!"

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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Research Associate in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Research Associate in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    University is very progressive with good environmental/green credentials, up-to-date HR practices and compliance and management at the top appears to be forward thinking and competent. The population of the university is very cosmopolitan with a vibrant international community and there is a good provision of facilities such as top-of-the-line sporting facilities. The campus is very beautiful. There are language courses and other qualifications for staff development available and staff development is encouraged.

    Cons

    Working as a post doctoral researcher frequently requires long working hours and weekend work for average pay. There are high and sometimes un-achievable expectations and standards placed on the workforce and considerable pressure and criticism when these are not achieved. Long term technical support staff are sometimes lazy and inefficient delegating or avoiding dealing with issues in turn, often increasing the workload or slowing the progress of research staff. At times some supervisors have double standards and show favoritism to certain employees (offering more holidays for example) and neglecting others. Parking spaces are hard to get and provision of parking spaces is declining as more car parking space is built over for new buildings.

    Advice to Management

    Consider addressing some of the cons listed


  7. "PDRA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's a very good experience, lots of facitlities and ease to realise/develope an idea

    Cons

    You have to get used to the weather :)


  8. "Great work-life balance but difficult to get a permanent position"

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

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

    Pros

    - Flexibility of working hours
    - Good holidays and work-life balance
    - The university invests a lot in research
    - Good environment and facilities
    - Good benefits and discounts in different shops

    Cons

    - Sometimes too time consuming, as it has a great focus on results (when a deadline is close you may end up working more than expected) - In exchange you have flexible working hours, I personally prefer this
    - It's difficult to get a permanent position


  9. "Great place to study"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Nottingham (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Location, Equipment, Facilities, Work-Life Balance

    Cons

    Some building are too old


  10. "Times have changed!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nottingham, England (UK)

    Pros

    Great location to work, on main campus there's plenty of greenery and fresh air!
    Really friendly and helpful people.
    Very competitive with other Universities.
    Very focus on profit.
    Direct management are OK to with though they are very pressured from senior management with nowhere to turn.
    In house training courses.
    Depending which department/sector...left alone to do your job...you need to be self motivated.
    Holidays.
    Low cost car parking levy (depending you cc)

    Cons

    Senior management, see everything for their annual bonus.
    No incentive, not investors in people anymore.
    Surveys carried out but no action if does not suit management.
    Most Staff feels devalued, deflated, neglected and stressed.
    No teamwork.
    No communication.
    Limited car parking space

    Advice to Management

    Probably too late for most of you as all institutionalised but...
    Don't forget how you got up there, be realistic, it's great that all you management stick together and come up with ideas but don't forget to communicate to the staff/people that can make it work. So many talented staff but no notice are taken yet you are willing to spend thousands for external companies that provide not much results.


  11. "Good choice"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working hours. Good research environment. Professional staff.

    Cons

    Everything is complicated and you always need to find the right form to submit to the right person.
    Lower pay and benefits comparing to industry.


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