University of Huddersfield FAQ

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13 English questions out of 13

19 June 2020

Does University of Huddersfield have a pension plan?

Pros

- Genuinely great people - Good location - I'm surrounded by world-leading researchers in my field - Has taken concrete steps over the past 5-10 years to invest in developing a genuine research culture at the university (moving away from its roots as a post-'92 institution). While this is a slow process, it does seem to be working. - While senior management have their flaws, they are not as reckless with spending/borrowing as other UK institutions have been in recent years, and has done well to operate within its means. This in turn means that we are better placed to deal with the present economic circumstances - Relatively high proportion of first-generation university students. While this is not without its challenges, I have found the teaching side of my job very rewarding. - Good sense of community, both between staff members and between staff and students - TPS pension scheme (not the USS pension that staff at many other UK institutions have been striking over)

Cons

- Too much pointless or unnecessarily arduous admin - Legal and quality assurance staff are extremely risk averse (prevents or slows down the progress of some tasks) - Some outdated systems/structures, and a lack of willingness to make substantive improvements to them - Recruitment far more difficult since the removal of caps on student numbers (though the blame for this obviously lies with destructive government policies)

Advice to Management

- Radical overhaul needed of IT systems and databases. The university has made great strides in staff recruitment to improve research culture in recent years, but some of the tools/resources they are being asked to work with are not fit for purpose. - Be much faster at replacing departing staff

- TPS pension scheme (not the USS pension that staff at many other UK institutions have been striking over)

19 June 2020

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28 April 2019

How are senior leaders perceived at University of Huddersfield?

Pros

There are none I can think of

Cons

Very poor organisation that is far too female led. You have a senior leadership team who are way out of touch with students, a chief exec too scared to change things, a chair who is far too involved and a board who are too scared to disagree with the chair. You have a completely demotivated staff team who would love to give more but aren't listened to as senior managers always know best. Its an organisation that claims to be flexible but if you have family you are looked on as a burden by the leadership and looked on as being able 'to do whatever you want' by staff without children. The marketing team have no idea what they're doing and the voice team just care about feminists because they are ran by women and the whole team is women. They should be representing the views of all students but they just sit at their desks all day. No one ever gets a pay increase despite working very hard yet the chief exec gave herself a 5k increase last year and the leadership team all got rises. I feel sorry for the officers who have no idea what they are doing, get left to it, but in the end they just follow the chief execs ideas and plans - how democratic. The chief exec also got rid of an officer last year because he dared to challenge her and the voice team.

Advice to Management

Do something different with your lives because you're not very good at this

You have a senior leadership team who are way out of touch with students, a chief exec too scared to change things, a chair who is far too involved and a board who are too scared to disagree with the chair.

28 April 2019

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25 July 2019

How are the career development opportunities at University of Huddersfield?

Pros

interesting work, reasonable pay, flexible working

Cons

not much training or career progression, too much work and not enough support to get it done

not much training or career progression, too much work and not enough support to get it done

25 July 2019

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4 July 2019

How is management perceived at University of Huddersfield?

Pros

Some lovely people there (students, academics and others)

Cons

No longer seems to value vocational focus that made it a great University. Terrible management culture that means no-one is developed and most former colleagues that I stay in touch with would love to leave!

Advice to Management

Change! Value the history of the institution and it’s dedicated staff. Stop aspiring to try to force your way into the Russel group! It’ll never happen. Appreciate that some things aren’t well measured by a PhD.

Terrible management culture that means no-one is developed and most former colleagues that I stay in touch with would love to leave!

4 July 2019

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21 September 2018

Is University of Huddersfield a good company to work for?

Pros

Good people, good environment and good support

Cons

Not competitive salary package comparing to other Unis

Good people, good environment and good support

21 September 2018

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