University of Glasgow

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Great research environment

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Former Employee - Research Fellow in Glasgow, Scotland
Former Employee - Research Fellow in Glasgow, Scotland

I worked at University of Glasgow

Pros

Excellent, world-class and stimulating research environment.

Good facilities and excellent support and guidance from from the research management (although this can be somewhat group dependent - maybe I was lucky).

Typically limited duration contracts, but good once you get on the rolling grants - in my experience, if you're any good, the management will do amazing feats of juggling to keep you regardless of funding problems.

Cons

Limited chance of career advancement in research-only - as normal, to advance, you need to teach and the term time load can be rather high (supervision and not much else) - although some opportunities do exist.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

In general, good job! Keep a eye on the teaching time load to ensure the university can keep its world-class research status. More opportunities for research-only posts (and advancement there) would be welcome (although noted that teaching is the primary function of universities!)

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    There's a lot Glasgowing on at the University

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland

    I have been working at University of Glasgow

    Pros

    Job security is certainly a bonus. There is a relaxed feel to University life and being based in the west end of glasgow is excellent.

    Cons

    I personally believe that there aren't many opportunities for promotion in the University. Jobs appear to be awarded on factors that are unrelated to performance and ability. I have seen instances of senior management giving promotions to colleagues who they are friendly with rather than colleagues who are very good at their job.

    There have been recent issues where senior management have attempted to save money by making unrealistic demands of departments. This has a negative affect on staff morale. The University is quite large and disjointed, when a task requires input from another department completion times increase exponentially.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The University is a large organisation with roughly 5000 staff and 25000 students. The senior management appear to make decisions based on unrealistic assumptions without much thought for the long term ramifications of change. It appears that on many occaisons management only see numbers on a spreadsheet and not the real cost of their decisions.

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    Fun, some administrative annoyances as with most jobs

    Former Employee - PhD Student
    Former Employee - PhD Student

    I worked at University of Glasgow full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's in a great location, the campus is really pretty, the cheap gym access as a student is great and there are lots of pubs and restaurants nearby. The department I worked in was full of interaction between research groups and encouraged co-operation between them.

    Cons

    The weather is not great...! Sometimes it felt like it lacked a great structure for addressing employee concerns about management. Some of the line managers could do with a little more formal training in people management, to make life easier and professional interactions smoother for all concerned.

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