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Alzheimer's Research UK Overview

Cambridge, East of England, England
51 to 200 employees
1992
Non-profit Organisation
Health Charities
£500 million to £1 billion (GBP) per year
Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity. We fund innovative research with the power to transform lives, campaign for government action, and help people to understand dementia and the progress we’re making with ... Read more

Mission: Our vision is that one day, we’ll live in a world where dementia does not exist. Research is already providing hope to people affected by once-incurable diseases, like HIV/AIDS and cancer.

The diseases that cause dementia are no different ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Alzheimer’s Research UK has joined forces with Samuel L Jackson to battle the serious misconception that dementia is an inevitability of old age. The ‘#ShareTheOrange’ campaign highlights that physical diseases cause dementia using an orange to symbolise the weight of matter lost in the brain as the condition develops.

    In the film, Samuel explains: “The damage to a brain with Alzheimer’s can leave it weighing 140g less than a healthy one. That’s about the weight of an orange…this shows us it is a physical disease…”

    Samuel goes on to describe how: “dementia strikes at humanity’s most valuable resource, the cells of a human brain…it destroys these precious cells and the links between them.”

    The #ShareTheOrange story ends with hope as Samuel L. Jackson states: “…with research we know diseases can be slowed, they can be stopped.” He calls on the public to share the film to “change the conversation and help Alzheimer’s Research UK make these breakthroughs possible for dementia”.

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  • Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, is asking people to take part in a new survey that could help shape future treatments for dementia. The online survey asks for people’s views on the aspects of daily life that are most important to them, and which they’d most like to protect if they were to develop a disease that causes dementia.

    The survey has launched today, Tuesday 20 August. To take part in the survey, visit http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vMlk4

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Alzheimer's Research UK – Why Work For Us?


 

Our mission is to bring about the first life-changing dementia treatment by 2025.

With your support, we’re working across four key areas of action.

  • Understand the diseases that cause dementia.
  • Diagnose people earlier and more accurately.
  • Reduce risk, backed by the latest evidence.
  • Treat dementia effectively.

Through these important strands of work, we’re bringing about breakthroughs that will change lives.

Download our mission booklet to read more about our ambitions and how you can help them become a reality.

 

 

What’s in it for you?

One of our biggest strengths are the people that work for us, and we attract, develop and retain the best talent because it's our people who set us apart.

We know that a new job isn’t just about your first day in the office. We want you to feel part of Alzheimer’s Research UK and our passion for beating dementia from the moment you are offered the job. That’s why we provide a comprehensive induction process, helping you to understand the role that each team plays within the charity and how vital you are in the fight to defeat dementia.

Alzheimer’s Research UK would not be able to achieve its vision without the talent and dedication of its employees. It is important to us that every member of the team feels as though their voice is being heard and that their career is being invested in. This is why we encourage employee development and work with employees to identify opportunities to grow and achieve their ambitions. We ensure that all of our employees feel connected to our cause, with updates and talks available from employees, supporters, scientists and volunteers.

We also offer the following benefits:

  • Salaries are regularly benchmarked to ensure we remain competitive in the market.  Pay reviews occur annually in July.
  • 5% employer contribution into the pension scheme with an employee contribution of 4%. Employees can opt to increase their personal contribution at any time.

  • 25 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays, pro-rated for new starters, part time and annualised hour employees.
  • Option to buy up to 5 additional days leave per year, pro-rated for new starters, part-time and annualised hour employees.
  • For every 3, 6 and 9 years worked, employees will receive 1 additional day’s leave (loyalty days), pro-rated for part-time and annualised hour employees.
  • Standard 37.5 hour working week, with a flexible start time of between 7.30am and 9.30am and a corresponding finish between 4pm and 6pm each day.

  • Access to an Employee Assistance Programme which is designed to support employees and family members on dealing with problems that may be adversely impacting their work/home life, health and general wellbeing.
  • Private medical health insurance including the offer of a yearly medical health check.
  • Income protection insurance and life insurance.

  • Cycle to Work scheme.

  • Access to Granta Park gym and exercise classes.

  • Access to two restaurants in Granta Park.
  • Free tea/coffee facilities throughout the office.

  • Access to Granta Park commuter bus from Cambridge or Whittlesford Parkway train stations.
  • Free onsite parking.

Granta Park

We are a non-branched charity at an exciting stage of expansion and development. Our busy and dynamic office is based on Granta Park, set on the outskirts of Cambridge, in a modern and vibrant building surrounded by greenspace and wooded areas (perfect for lunchtime walks and picnics!).

With free parking on site, Granta Park is easily accessible by car and operates a car share scheme, used by all companies based on Granta Park. Alternatively, you could make the most of the commuter bus services from Cambridge and Whittlesford Parkway train stations which run regularly during the commuter hours.

A stone’s throw from Granta Park lake is the playing field, the setting for a range of group activities such as Cricket, Rounders, Five-a-side Football and Volleyball which you can either take part in or spectate as you walk around the park at lunch times. There is also an onsite gym with a selection of equipment and exercise classes all accessible throughout the week. Alzheimer’s Research UK also has access to showers within the office building, so if you like to get your exercise by cycling to work, you can do that too!

Cambridge – just 8 miles away

Cambridge, reported by the Independent as being the best place to work in the UK (15 July 2016), brings together the beauty and friendliness of the countryside with the excitement and convenience of a City. Well known for the exquisite architecture of its famous colleges and churches, Cambridge is overflowing with history and culture ready for you to seek out and explore.

The River Cam runs through Cambridge, allowing for one of the most popular attractions of Cambridge – punting! Whether you like the idea of having a go yourself, or if you prefer to watch whilst relaxing in a riverside café or pub, this pastime is a favourite of locals and tourists alike!

Having the benefit of plenty of green open spaces, Cambridge hosts lots of events throughout the year such as music festivals, food festivals and outdoor theatre productions. With those as well as all of the theatres, clubs, cinemas, shopping centres, cafes, gyms, pubs, swimming pools, restaurants (we could go on) and the 45-minute train to London, you’ll never be stuck for something to do.

Why not arrange a trip to Cambridge and see for yourself?

Leadership Attributes

Our Leadership Attributes are an important and integral part of how we should all carry out our daily activities.  They apply to each and every one of us, no matter what our role is, what team we are in or what job title we have. By demonstrating positive behaviours in the workplace, it will enable us to create a positive working environment and bring about positive results. 

 

Our Values, ‘Pioneering’, ‘Change-Making’, ‘Relentless’ and ‘Agile’ remain unchanged and help us to define ‘what we do’.  Our Leadership Attributes focus on ‘how we do’ things. 

 

We will act with integrity by:

·         Operating in an open, honest and transparent way

·         Treating each other with respect

·         Gaining trust from our colleagues

·         Being considerate of others’ thoughts and feelings

·         Only saying things about our colleagues that we would say to them directly 

 

We will be inspirational by:

·           Creating a vision and motivating others to achieve it

·           Demonstrating a positive attitude

·           Leading by example

·           Seeking the best possible solutions to enable us to achieve our mission and goals

·           Showing courage and not being averse to taking measured risks

·           Providing innovative ways of working 

 

We will be empowering by:

·         Enabling and supporting others to succeed

·         Encouraging others to take accountability within their role

·         Providing clarity regarding expectations

·         Encouraging others to identify pragmatic solutions

·         Listening to and valuing others’ opinions 

 

We will be aware of our impact by:

·           Acting appropriately and in a professional manner

·           Demonstrating emotional intelligence; recognising, understanding and influencing the emotions of others to build strong working relationships

·           Recognising and acknowledging the achievements of others

·           Knowing our personal strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and limits

·           Adopting a flexible approach and adapting our style to get the best from our colleagues 

 

We will work in a collaborative way:

·           Communicating information in a timely and appropriate manner

·           Nurturing and embracing different perspectives to make informed decisions

·           Giving and receiving constructive feedback to help development of self and others

·           Offering help and guidance to our colleagues

·           Sharing knowledge and ideas with our colleagues

·           Recognising diversity and utilising the skills and expertise of others 

 

We will be accountable by:

·         Taking ownership and responsibility for our actions

·           Driving and supporting change through taking on new ideas and ways of working

·           Using initiative to deliver results

·           Identifying our own development needs

·           Admitting and learning from our mistakes

·           Voicing our opinions in a constructive manner 

 

Alzheimer's Research UK Reviews

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    "Inspiring place to work"

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    Current Employee - Corporate Partnerships Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Corporate Partnerships Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
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    I have been working at Alzheimer's Research UK full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You absolutely feel invested in and supported through everything you do at ARUK. The leadership team take your development and growth as part of their business as usual, it's not an after thought. I've been here several years now and have learned more here than in any other organisation. I'm constantly challenged and encouraged to grow.

    Cons

    Lots of people have mentioned the parking here but it's less of a con and more of a slight inconvinince. ARUK have done everything they can to make the most of a tricky situation with the business park owners who are less flexible.

    Advice to Management

    Keep our culture at the heart of what we do as we grow.

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Alzheimer's Research UK Photos

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Alzheimer's Research UK Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Alzheimer's Research UK in January 2015.

    Interview

    I sent CV and cover letter and got asked for an interview. First I had one hour task to complete on the computer. Time went very fast as you were required to answer questions by looking into scientific artciles on internet.
    Later I had an interview with the relevant potential manager. I got to talk about my experience and cv, and asked to connect it with the job requirements. Not particularly difficult. They would assign a mark to every question on the spot on paper, they had a very structured interview, which did not feel very natural and was a bit cold. Afterwards I could talk with someone on the same role, which was very nice.

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Alzheimer's Research UK Awards & Accolades

  • Large Charity, The Running Awards, 2019
  • Winner of Not-for-Profit category, PRWeek UK Awards, 2016
  • Charity of the Year, Charity Times, 2013
  • Favourite Charity (Large) - Silver Award, The Running Awards, 2017
  • Fundraising Charity Of the Year (Large), Institute of Fundraising, 2015
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