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"Excellent environment - poor strategic planning from the top"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leicester, England
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leicester, England
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I worked at University of Leicester full-time

Pros

Excellent environment where you have an opportunity to work with some dedicated, professional people

Cons

Top down management and many glass ceilings due to 'elitist attitudes of some managers. The gentle HR regime means that often people get away with a great deal in terms of sickness absence and conduct before being called to account

Advice to Management

Invest in infrastructure - especially IT. This will bring greater benefits than focussing on salary savings.

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    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer

    Pros

    A flexible way for students to earn alongside their studies.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons to share.


  2. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Contractor - Teaching Fellow in Leeds, England
    Former Contractor - Teaching Fellow in Leeds, England
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    I worked at University of Leicester as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with and, in College of Social Sciences, lots of opportunity to undertake critical research and teach critically. Teaching is well-supported by learning institute, if you want to develop too.

    Well-unionised in some departments and union has been able to negotiate good really workloads and rates of pay in those areas.

    Cons

    Sometimes felt like working inside Paul Boyle's personal vanity project; lots of unnecessary and ill-thought through restructures and threats of redundancy. The university leadership team seemed to have little understanding about what academic work entails and a very disposable attitude towards staff.

    When I was there, lots of teaching staff on casual contracts and employed through Unitemps. Work was well-paid in some areas and hideously underpaid in others and hours of pay didn't reflect the amount of prep work with things like divisional meetings not paid for. Also no resources for casual staff; desks, etc.

    Many of the best people I was working with left to work elsewhere. Some areas seem to lack a clear research identity, which I suspect affects their ability to secure external grants.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that the teaching staff and researchers in the institution are central to what a university does, if not its raison d'être, not some annoying add-on.

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