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Oxford Brookes University Reviews

Updated 15 December 2017
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  1. "OBU"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford Brookes University full-time

    Pros

    Healthy work-life balance, flexibility, friendly staff

    Cons

    Huge open office - can be distracting; Director's don't give a clear sense of direction, lack of support sometimes; minimal budget for professional development


  2. "Amazing Work ethos"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford Brookes University full-time

    Pros

    Friendly staff
    Vivid envrionment
    Amiable and well behaved colleagues
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    Cons

    Small city to commute in Oxford

    Advice to Management

    Organise more staff events


  3. "Training"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oxford Brookes University full-time

    Pros

    flexible, fair salary, plenty holidays, study leave

    Cons

    training, bureaucratic, not ideal for an ambitious person

    Advice to Management

    more training and development


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Lecturer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxford Brookes University full-time

    Pros

    Transport links to London
    Proximity to Oxford
    Clean air

    Cons

    Senior management are distant
    Non-competitive salary
    Investment is in buildings, not people


  6. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance, great colleagues, holidays, childcare on site

    Cons

    Little opportunity to progress, advance salary

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to get rid of unproductive individuals in order to keep morale high


  7. "Friendly and supportive culture"

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    Former Employee - Central Services in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Central Services in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oxford Brookes University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Supportive bosses, outstanding colleagues, many career and professional development opportunities. I will miss everybody.

    Cons

    Some poor quality office and teaching spaces, and need to travel between sites.

    Advice to Management

    Stay connected with staff and students.


  8. "A company with good job prospects and opportunities to progress"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford Brookes University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A great team environment, where colleagues are only too pleased to help out and make new staff feel welcome.
    Great facilities around campus including restaurants, Starbucks outlets and shops.
    Plenty of opportunities for staff development
    Take a look, even if you don't work in education or for a university
    A lot of investment being made in the estate with new buildings and refurbishment (currently ongoing)

    Cons

    Some processes could be looked at and streamlined, only downside, the University is a large organisation and can be slow to change

    Advice to Management

    Promote Oxford Brookes as a great place to work - because it is!
    Promote commercial agility within the organisation, we need to be more business aware


  9. "Mainly good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
    Recommends

    I worked at Oxford Brookes University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good colleagues
    Improving estate and good location

    Cons

    Under resourced administration
    Poor management of change


  10. Helpful (3)

    "What a Mistake!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford Brookes University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The new buildings
    The website
    The students

    Cons

    The timetable
    The lack of common room
    The shared offices

    Advice to Management

    You're not doing very well at the moment. This was once a good institution but something dramatic has happened in the last 3 years. Are you making the right decisions? Probably not. Can things get worse? Oh yeah!


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Lecturer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford Brookes University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Teaching year finishes May
    Students

    Cons

    Large percentage of Associate Staff teaching
    Excessive workload and marking - lack of transparency
    Not a research culture
    Limited staff development particularly around change
    Perm staff not in building except during teaching hours
    6-7 week between semester 1/2 breaks momentum of students
    In 5 years never met anyone who received contribution points so creates a culture where staff just do the basics to get by
    Bureaucratic processes
    Oxford is more expensive than London but salary is at low scale of Polys
    University mission only aims to generic strategy
    Too much emphasis on building building verses developing staff culture
    Short 12 week semesters overloaded with assessment leading to high level of study mental health issues

    Advice to Management

    While the VC is a nice person, unfortunately I do not believe he has the strategic and visionary skills to lead a University. The test for this is to randomly choose 10 academic staff and ask them what the university stands for and where we are going.
    Deans should have 360 reviews that include staff within their faculties - I have had no contact with dean over the 6 years I have been at brookes. The Dean's lack of engagement with the staff is shocking. The faculty should be a collective and runs more of an autocracy without communicating ways forward except for the annual 'operational plan' meeting.
    Put 5 year term limits on Heads, Deans and Senior team -
    Appoint heads and Deans including associate deans that have PhDs and are research active. Having a dean/pro vc who has not pursued a PhD nor has been research active is nuts.
    Eliminate the Associate dean development and replace with associate dean academic.
    Require research leads in Departments to meet with each member of staff 2 times per year.
    Only form collaborative agreements / articulated agreements with exchange of staff so university can take advantage of international networks. Right now partnerships are only seen for income(again, why Assoc Dean Devel should be eliminated)


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