Edinburgh Napier University Research Associate Reviews

Updated 30 Jul 2020

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  1. "Excellent"

    5.0
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    Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Edinburgh Napier University

    Pros

    Nice work environment, significant opportunity to progress academic career

    Cons

    Bad Coffee, bad canteen food

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  2. "Napier"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland

    I have been working at Edinburgh Napier University full-time

    Pros

    Home working and autonomy to get on with the job

    Cons

    Wages lower than some other universities


  3. "Great opportunities and working environment, needs to do more towards creating a research environment"

    4.0
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    Former Contractor - Research Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University for less than a year

    Pros

    - Huge freedom within the scope of the project - Very friendly administrative and maintenance staff - Great overall atmosphere - Responsive supervisors

    Cons

    I think the biggest issue is that Napier is (was?) still in a transitional state towards becoming more research focused. Most of the academics I interacted with during my time there were very welcoming and happy to discuss their research, but it lacked an overall 'research lab' feel. This resulted in an overall lack of outside motivation and the need for a lot of isolated work and self-motivation, as there were very few opportunities to discuss research questions in depth.

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  4. "parking a real problem"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Research Fellow 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly staff and a great location (merchiston campus)

    Cons

    the "building work" seemed to never end

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  5. "Good place to start"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Small University good for communication amongst department teams. Flexible work arrangements and good holiday leave allowance.

    Cons

    New University so little focus on Research. Very poor at encouraging and developing early career Researchers. Securing funding or time off to engage in developmental opportunities (i.e. courses, seminars) went unsupported.

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  6. Helpful (2)

    "Clueless students, admin and general lack of ambition."

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    If you get a permanent post you can sit it out until retirement.

    Cons

    Staying motivated. Having to deal with students that really should not go into university education. Dealing with staff that have no ambition.

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great atmosphere and salary"

    4.0
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    Former Contractor - Research Fellow in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Edinburgh Napier University for more than a year

    Pros

    The department in which I worked had an excellent atmosphere, and my supervisor would bend over backwards to try and keep an employee that he considered valuable.

    Cons

    As with most companies these days, the University has a limited budget, which has lead to a decrease in the number of permanent contracts being awarded.

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  8. "Great place to work, lots of opportunities to make your mark, interesting projects"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Edinburgh Napier University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly accessible staff, lots of opportunities to make your mark, very linked up with industry practice, Napier is doing some really interesting things I think and the impact is starting to be really felt now, especially in technology and creative areas. To work here right now is to feel part of something very progressive. Well paid too, would especially recommend to practice-led academics - less so for traditional academics types

    Cons

    The canteen is cheap but poor yes - but there are a dozen trendy cafes yards away however and the Merchiston campus is in a great location. Like lots of jobs these days contract rather than permanent work is often what's on offer.

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  9. "Very good"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Edinburgh Napier University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible work time, continuous personal development, opportunities to engage with innovation and research.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, politics, lack of common sense in some departments

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  10. "Good place to work"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Principal Research Fellow in Merchiston
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Edinburgh Napier University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The Merchiston campus is situated at a nice position easy to get to city centre and travel from the train station.The buildings are well maintained and clean. The teaching and research activities are going well, and you can get help easily.

    Cons

    University parking is an issue.

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