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University of Glasgow Reviews

Updated 13 September 2014
Updated 13 September 2014
23 Reviews
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  1.  

    Diverse, cultural and family friendly!

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    Current Employee - Senior University Teacher  in  Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Senior University Teacher in Glasgow, Scotland

    I have been working at University of Glasgow full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I've experienced great leadership at College and School level. As someone with a new young family, I feel very supported and accommodated.

    Cons

    It is a large institution which has its own challenges however senior management and leadership structures within the Colleges and Schools appear to work hard to minimise these.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to support those employees who require flexibility around working arrangements while their families are young. When decisions are made that affect staff be sure to communicate the outcome in a timely fashion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Senior management can hamper progress rather than nurture it, this of course is strictly confined to the individual.

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

    I worked at University of Glasgow as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    An ancient, well-known, well funded research university, Glasgow will provide you with a lot of further opportunities, both within and outside it.
    The at the lower levels (other research assistants and PhD students) are really great. They go out of their way to help you develop.

    Cons

    If you work with a bad manager (supervisor) it can be difficult to get the core of your work done.
    The pay isn't optimal, especially when the requirements aren't clear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be better organisation, transparency and collaboration. And I don't mean this in the cliche way! Politics, jealousy and secrecy get in the way of doing good research. The number of publications you have should be irrelevant.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Intern: Educational and fun summer projects

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Glasgow

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, very challenging work, great colleagues.

    Cons

    Very small salary for summer students.

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  5.  

    Wonderful location

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    Current Employee - Senior Library Assistant  in  Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Senior Library Assistant in Glasgow, Scotland

    I have been working at University of Glasgow full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The area, flexi-leave (when it's not an issue!!), good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Some departments reluctant to implement flexi-leave while others openly flaunt it and book theirs well ahead! The poor wage rises!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better wage increases!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    MsC in Museum Studies? Walk away...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Glasgow

    Pros

    Glasgow University as a whole is a good institution, that have plenty of really good seminars and workshops to attend. The presence of the Hunterian and a wide arrange of really good lecturers are a pros.

    Cons

    The MsC in Museum Studies, should in effect be cancelled. It is not academic at all, some of the teaching staff have no experience in Museums, they have a bit of a "I want to research, yet the job says I have teach"-attitude. Some of the things that are taught are directly wrong and some of the courses have absolutely no relevance whatsoever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cancel the course or get much better qualified staff. The course is a total waste of time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Best Job ever

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

    I worked at University of Glasgow part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I loved feeling apart of everything as a whole and I worked with an amazing team.... I was also immensely proud to say I worked for Glasgow University. Efficient, compassionate, rewarding with brilliant training prospects. Working for Glasgow University helped me regain confidence in myself .

    Cons

    Short term research contracts.... but that's research for you....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More Research "Nurses" posts please ..... and a very big THANK YOU :-)

    Recommends
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  8.  

    Excellent Administrator

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    Former Employee - Student  in  Glasgow, Scotland
    Former Employee - Student in Glasgow, Scotland

    I worked at University of Glasgow as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work /life balance .Good support for student and many opportunity for developing research .

    Cons

    Salaries and benifits .Shortage or funding and travel or for software to help students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask for feeback from adminstration and students for development.Think international !

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    A fine establishment tarnished by poor management

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    Former Employee - Administrator  in  Glasgow, Scotland
    Former Employee - Administrator in Glasgow, Scotland

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

    Pros

    Wonderful setting, good work/life balance. Plenty of on-site amenities for staff and students alike. Excellent transport links to rest of the city.

    Cons

    Shockingly out-of-touch management. An inherent inability to cope with change. Toxic, politically-motivated barriers to advancement within departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  10.  

    I thought slavery was banned ... Not in academia

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    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer  in  Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Glasgow, Scotland

    I have been working at University of Glasgow full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    An academic career allows you to guide research and sometimes gives you enough time for you to do some yourself. Unfortunately unless you bring in millions of pounds in grant month your time is not valued and you are overloaded with too much admin duties and teaching.

    Cons

    Most areas of research are underfunded by the EPSRC which means that the senior management at the University of Glasgow penalise the majority of staff for not securing millions of pounds in funding. As a result they overload these member of staff with too much teaching and admin. For these staff members they have to undertake research in their own time. This leave very little time for life outside of academia. Also, the salary for lecturers, senior lecturers are very low. Makes it very difficult to raise a family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better conditions for academics. Stop expecting 50 hour weeks for low pay. Value all contributions from staff. Stop expecting academics to recoup their salaries from research and accept teaching/admin income from staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    I felt fairly treated.

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    Current Employee - Student  in  Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Student in Glasgow, Scotland

    I have been working at University of Glasgow full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I like how the lectures and teaching is structured as well as the internationality among the students and lecturers.

    Cons

    Not enough of elaboration of things not covered in lectures and self study directed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get people to do more presentations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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