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14 days ago

Recruiting Assistant

KINGS COLLEGE LONDON London, England

will include to verbally explain and outline research projects to potential and active research participants & gain permissions for research… Adzuna


19 days ago

Press Officer

KINGS COLLEGE LONDON London, England

The Press Officer is a key position within the PR Team, managing front line media contact to the university. Reporting into the UK PR Managers, the… Adzuna


7 days ago

Chemical Safety Officer in Health and Safety Services

KINGS COLLEGE LONDON London, England

Kings College London is a large multi-faculty research led university with five main campuses in the central London area and close links with three… Adzuna


1 day ago

Executive Assistant to the Head of Division – new

KINGS COLLEGE LONDON London, England

The Division of Health and Social Care Research is an expanding Research and Teaching Division within the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine; it… Adzuna


13 hrs ago

Departmental Administrator and Personal Assistant for Two Professors (Maternity – new

KINGS COLLEGE LONDON London, England

The Department of Cardiovascular Imaging is looking for maternity cover for an experienced and dedicated PA to provide high quality administrative… Adzuna


13 hrs ago

Interim Head of Sustainability – new

KINGS COLLEGE LONDON London, England

Reference: THW/15/059639/074 Salary Details: Grade 8 - 48,743 to 56,482 Allowances: 2,323 London Allowance Contract Type: Temporary/Fixed term… Adzuna


5 days ago

Direct Marketing Officer

KINGS COLLEGE LONDON London, England

Are you interested in being part of a dynamic, fast-paced team that is working to solve the world questions that need a global understanding and… Adzuna


20 days ago

Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Physics

King's College London London, England

The Theory and Simulation of Condensed Matter (TSCM) group in the Physics Department of King's College London invites applications for a postdoctoral… King's College London


3 days ago

Marie Curie Fellow – new

King's College London London, England

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are common neurodevelopmental disorders affecting both children… King's College London


30+ days ago

Professor of Cancer Care

King's College London London, England

The Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery at King's College London is one of the UK's longest established providers of pre-registration… King's College London


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    Nice, bright people in a bureaucratic place

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in London, England
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in London, England

    I worked at King's College London as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Autonomy and being treated like an adult in terms of managing one's own workload.
    Working with very bright, motivated people on highly interesting projects.
    Flexible working - ability to work from home on Fridays and no obligation to be present outside 'core' hours.
    Location of Strand campus - lovely building in a great location.
    Friendly, easy-going colleagues at all levels.
    Pension benefits.

    I think people's experience of KCL depends a lot on the dept atmosphere - the morale in my dept declined sharply over my time there as people were laid off / had to re-apply for their own jobs and everything became substantially more bureaucratic and time-consuming, but before that it was a good place to work.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy - lots of management layers, each with their titles, and often lengthy, complicated processes to get things done, such as recruit staff. This got worse while I was there as the funding cuts bit and admin staff were laid off.
    Very hierarchical - felt as if senior management wasn't listening or was unable to do much. Seeing your colleagues' jobs disappear in reorganisations is no fun, especially when senior management are paid such huge sums.
    Short-term contracts - created uncertainty and reduced commitment from staff.
    Lack of professional development - no relevant CPD offered or paid for.
    Lack of career path - short-term contracts underline the precarious nature of funding and raised doubts about dept ability to offer perm posts.
    Staff turnover is fairly high at levels lower than senior management, as it seems hard to get a permanent contract and staff feel generally unsupported.
    Heavy workload, which is the norm in British universities.
    Offices were either very cold or very hot thanks to antique heating and inadequate air con.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the administrative burden and ensure there are enough people to get the job done efficiently. I know of several examples where one person was doing the jobs of two or even three people on a temporary basis, which turned into over a year, before staff could be recruited. Staff goodwill and enthusiasm drip away in these situations.
    Make staff feel valued by offering professional development and permanent contracts so they can do things like get a mortgage.
    Senior management of the college appears to be like the board of a corporation in that they are very well remunerated and insulated from the often horrible effects of their 'efficiency measures', while being charming people in person.

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