University of Huddersfield FAQ

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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Legal and quality assurance staff are extremely risk averse (prevents or slows down the progress of some tasks) - Some outdated systems/structures, and a lack of willingness to make substantive improvements to them - Recruitment far more difficult since the removal of caps on student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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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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24 September 2020

How are senior leaders perceived at University of Huddersfield?

Pros

I found working there a great inspiration, helping young people and developing my skills to meet new challenges.

Cons

As with most organisations, management quality varies between different departments, get a good manager and all is well! Get a lemon and they make things harder than than they need to be.

Advice to Management

Keep hold of the talent in the workforce, Check the viability of future plans with staff at the coalface !

As with most organisations, management quality varies between different departments, get a good manager and all is well!

24 September 2020

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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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19 November 2019

Is University of Huddersfield a good company to work for?

Pros

80% off the employees are amazing people, and work together to make sure students get the best possible experiences! Student staff work incredibly hard, yet are completely undervalued and undermined.

Cons

Projects are mismanaged, those in management positions are completely out of touch with what students actually want (how many 30-somethings share the same interests as 18 year olds). The SU seems to have an inability to look beyond their own egos to create long term projects that will benefit students, crazy focus on one week of the year which blows the budgets when in the long run it doesn’t impact student experience. Additionally, there is a culture of sweeping sexual harassment under the rug after previous cases where staff members were removed from their positions. Clearly an organisation very much aligned with the outdated University approach to sexual harassment instead of ‘fighting for student rights’.

Advice to Management

Students don’t care about gimmicky freshers week activities or bar crawls! They need holistic support from the SU even when they’re not on campus, students mental health doesn’t suffer when they miss a bar crawl, it suffers when organisations are blind to the areas where they NEED support! The students union has the ability (like bigger unions in Leeds or Manchester) to work with students off campus to improve wellbeing and build strong communities. Stop playing preference with staff, it’s totally unfair to have such a school ground attitude amongst management where friendships are valued higher than professional relationships and work ethics.

80% off the employees are amazing people, and work together to make sure students get the best possible experiences!

19 November 2019

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