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University of the West of England Reviews

Updated Jun 10, 2019

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4.3
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University of the West of England CEO Sir Ian Carruthers
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23 Ratings
Pros
  • "Staff are welcoming and supportive, diversity is encouraged and flexible working patterns supported(in 7 reviews)

  • "UWE is made up of 3,500 staff and 27,000 students, so you are not just working in a company - you are working in a whole community(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "If students did not attend lectures, without basic knowledge sessions could be ineffective(in 5 reviews)

  • "These issues take place at other universities, but because UWE is so internally focussed (almost solipsistic in its approach to research reward(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Bullying Culture"

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    Former Employee - Procurement Officer in Bristol, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of the West of England full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good wage packet Some of the staff are friendly and welcoming

    Cons

    Senior management has a reputation for bullying which was not looked into, let alone dealt with by Senior Staff or HR. Very set in their ways and unwilling to relinquish any kind of control. Lack of trust to allow staff to do their jobs properly. Inflexible in working hours and forced to work beyond 5pm at short notice. Parking limited

    Advice to Management

    Deal with the senior management and the staff will be a lot happier

    University of the West of England2019-06-10
  2. "Terrible employer if you are a Student"

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    Former Employee - Resident Assistant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of the West of England part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent remuneration package and perks. Fantastic place to learn how not to manage teams.

    Cons

    Accommodation managers dislike students, even those the have to work with within the accommodation team. This creates a a very toxic unprofessional atmosphere, which when combined with the pressures of the roles creates conflict

    Advice to Management

    Go to leadership seminars.

    University of the West of England2019-06-06
  3. "Fair employeer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of the West of England full-time

    Pros

    Great working culture and a nice mix of people

    Cons

    It can be stressful at times but it is very rewarding

    Advice to Management

    Promote greater employee integration outside of working hours

    University of the West of England2019-02-23

    University of the West of England Response

    February 26, 2019Resourcing Manager

    Thanks for taking the time to post your review.

  4. "Can't see myself every working anywhere else"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at University of the West of England part-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues, good working arrangements, flexi time.

    Cons

    The traffic, it's often rather busy!

    University of the West of England2019-02-15

    University of the West of England Response

    February 19, 2019Resourcing Manager

    Don't get me started on the traffic! As an avid cyclist I can smugly comment that I don't have a problem at all. Problem is caused by the amount of people travelling one in a car when there are bus and train options that stop either on site or near by!!

  5. "Catering"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at University of the West of England part-time

      Pros

      Flexible, safe working environment, stable

      Cons

      Not at all, good to work at uni

      University of the West of England2019-03-01

      University of the West of England Response

      April 9, 2019Resourcing Manager

      Appreciate you taking the time to comment and glad that you enjoyed your time here!

    • "My experience"

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

      I have been working at University of the West of England full-time

      Pros

      Good work/ life balance. Supportive of staff with additional needs. Vibrant campus. Great access to learning materials through the library.

      Cons

      Progressive messages of senior staff does not filter into the day to day operations... or it does so very slowly.

      Advice to Management

      Look into the process for recruiting and retaining talent. Work on developing a staff culture which is more open and consultative.

      University of the West of England2019-02-08

      University of the West of England Response

      February 19, 2019Resourcing Manager

      Thanks for posting your experience of working at UWE. In my capacity as Resourcing Manager I can confirm that we constantly review and oversee improvement in the recruitment process but there is always work to be done on retaining talent. Changing culture is a massive challenge for ...

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    • "Employer Excellence"

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      Current Employee - Human Resources & Payroll in Bristol, England
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook

      I have been working at University of the West of England full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      From well being accreditation to a fully engaged workforce committed to the benefit of our student community, The Students' Union at the University West of England is an excellent organisation in which to work.

      Cons

      Traffic in Bristol can mean a little extra time in getting to work. Our Student community demand the best service, this creates a fast paced, creative and rewarding environment in which to work.

      Advice to Management

      Keep doing what you're doing!

      University of the West of England2019-01-24

      University of the West of England Response

      January 28, 2019Resourcing Manager

      Thanks for posting the review. Depending on where you live and your circumstances, don't forget the alternative methods of getting to work - e.g Metro bus, cycling etc!

    • "PAL leader"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at University of the West of England part-time

      Pros

      Great Flexibility of hours, content covered is up to you

      Cons

      The preparation of each weekly session

      University of the West of England2019-01-22

      University of the West of England Response

      January 28, 2019Resourcing Manager

      Make sure that you mention this experience on your cv for life after UWE. It is evidence that you have got involved in mentoring and is extremely useful.

    • "research staff"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at University of the West of England part-time

      Pros

      Good and friendly environment in general

      Cons

      Not many opportunities for progression

      University of the West of England2019-01-18

      University of the West of England Response

      January 22, 2019Resourcing Manager

      Thanks for posting your comment. Please keep looking at our website for other opportunities in research and elsewhere in the university. Research posts in particular are tied to funding.

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      "Review"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I worked at University of the West of England

        Pros

        Great Campus and close to new build development housing that provided a short walk to and from the campus. Modern and new facilities.

        Cons

        Salary was lower than expected.

        University of the West of England2019-01-13

        University of the West of England Response

        February 12, 2019Resourcing Manager

        Hi, thanks for posting your review. Hopefully the benefits package made up for the level of salary that you agreed for the post. Good luck in your future career.

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