In my experience so far, I have found GSM to be an extremely supportive environment to work in. The teaching team is passionate and hard working and the management provide a lot of opportunity for training and growth if you are committed and passionate about what you do.
Currently, they run three semesters a year and so that can be challenging when trying to develop modules or carry out research and make deadlines.
Advice to Management
Continue to support your staff (as you are) as they are all passionate about what they do.
I worked at GSM London full-time (More than a year)
A lot reviews here seem to be from administrative / management staff so a lecturer's view for anyone thinking of joining the academic side... Students are not as bad as some of the reviews make it out! The first year students are not great as there are virtually no entry qualifications but the second and third year one are far better. On the final year in particular you do come across good students and that makes it worthwhile to persist - most decent lecturing staff are staying on only for loyalty for students who do get a raw deal from GSM otherwise (as outlined by other reviewers.
The teaching teams by and large have been dedicated and good - with some notable exceptions. Most of the teaching staff care about the students BUT... Recently, the institution has made it difficult for better lecturers to stay as hours are all over the place so many are leaving/ been sacked. There are many who are trying to fight the corporate machine for the best interest of the students but they are increasingly fighting a losing battle.
The senior management is completely out of touch with students & staff and working for short term profit no matter the human cost. A lot of lip service on widening participation etc but all for show and they only interested in minimizing the costs which has a crippling effect on teaching & learning.
No job security - people are fired as soon as they cross the senior management (you can be a crap lecturer and be kept on for decades though). At the start of this year, academic staff costs were slashed; loads of sessionals were let go and permanent staff made to cover for their teaching - regardless of their availability or subject areas. Permanent staff are completely overwhelmed with teaching and ridiculous level of administrative tasks. More than one lecturer have had a breakdown and left this year.
Whilst you might want to maintain academic integrity, the institution doesn't. Any failed off or suspended student who appeals will be re-enrolled, reported plagiarism cases are brushed aside etc. They have introduced things like take home exams (to be submitted without turnitin / plagiarism checks) to ensure students pass from first to second year, regardless of their real ability.
There is no support for staff who are struggling, and the human resources is only a mouth piece for the senior management.
Advice to Management
Stop pretending you care about anything other than short term profit / your bonuses. At least then maybe staff would rate you higher for honesty.
Hire senior management who are actually academics or know what they doing- the current ones sure as hell don't and their interests or knowledge have nothing to do with HE.
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