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Oxford Brookes University Reviews

Updated 2 July 2018
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Pros
  • "Good work life balance, great colleagues, holidays, childcare on site" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Flexible working environment and friendly atmosphere" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "The impression is that the senior management are remote and cold" (in 3 reviews)

  • "large organisation so decision making/change can be slow" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Growing University, Climbing the Ranks"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford Brookes University part-time

    Pros

    Involve yourself in a fast-growing, world-leading academic institution.
    Help develop Oxford Brookes University, interact with top academia and the large, international student body.

    Cons

    Multiple campuses.
    Frequent change and development. Possible instability.

    Advice to Management

    Please focus investment in furthering the university's worldwide ranking.


  2. "Student"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxford Brookes University full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful environment with plenty of support for the students providing they are willing to seek it out.

    Cons

    Could instill more pride into their students. The personal tutors are seen infrequently and have no personal connection with their students.

    Advice to Management

    Get more tutor classes throughout second and first year. There should've been visits to industries and hospitals in the case of the biomedical sciences department.

  3. "Healthy environment"

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    Current Employee - Intern Marketing in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Intern Marketing in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford Brookes University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Healthy and thriving community to be a part of

    Looking to improve

    Amazing facilities and catering

    Amazing location

    Cons

    Still divided among a few campuses

    Extremely low pay/skills required discrepancy at Intern level (does NOT meet the Oxford Living Wage)

    There's a lot of individual resistance to progress and new ideas

    Declining rankings means declining applications and a declining institution, until the trend is reverted

    Frequent restructures which cause stress among the staff

    Advice to Management

    Remove some of the bureaucratic hurdles


  4. "Undergoing much needed change to create a more positive, secure future"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford Brookes University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most staff have a high level of autonomy
    Wide range of jobs
    Flexible working arrangements
    Fabulous new buildings and exciting plans for more
    Friendly colleagues
    Great to work with students
    Lots of events going on
    Strong focus on training and development

    Cons

    A lot of change - which some staff find unsettling
    Underperformance is not always dealt with
    Expensive food outlets

    Advice to Management

    Make decisions more quickly
    Take more risks
    Get on with developing a new University strategy - which is compelling and engages staff


  5. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford Brookes University full-time

    Pros

    interesting. fun, informative, new, helpful

    Cons

    expensive, but the rest is fine


  6. "software development team"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Oxford, England

    I have been working at Oxford Brookes University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    offers good work life balance

    Cons

    low salaries in very expensive area


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Chaotic /Parking is not easy"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford Brookes University full-time

    Pros

    Academics with expertise in a number of departments and faculties
    Leading research in some departments and faculties

    Cons

    Poor pay in relation to hours put in
    Heavy workload
    Oxford area expensive to live in
    Driving to Headington can take longer than planned for
    Parking in the area can be a problem in the morning (no staff parking)-Now have longer journey to work

    Advice to Management

    Urgent need to review processes ( disorganised , chaotic)
    Academics /researchers should be freed from admin .tasks if you re serious about teaching quality and research.
    Those with influence and power to make decisions should be held to account

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Academic"

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    Current Employee - Academic in Headington, England
    Current Employee - Academic in Headington, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford Brookes University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fish and chips on Fridays /nice view in the Terrace restaurant
    Brookes (trainee chefs) restaurant menu
    Modern campus (but is this what a university should be about?)

    Cons

    If you re joining as an academic expect to be turned into a low ranking clerk/admin.
    Academics ruled by admin.staff
    Desperate to please students and seek their approval
    Spoon-fed students (great way to prepare them for working /adult life I suppose)
    Senior managers who have been here far too long (career-minded, resistant to change)
    Short -term vision & cost-focused

    Advice to Management

    Hire new and right people (with relevant skills, experience and qualifications)
    Trust intelligent and educated people to make decisions
    Use IT to reduce red tape , bureaucracy and pointless procedures
    Audit your procedures (at present you have 4 or 5 universities in one)
     Invest in those delivering core service

    "INSANITY is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." (Einstein)


  9. "Proud to work for Brookes"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Headington, England
    Current Employee - Manager in Headington, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford Brookes University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I have worked for Oxford Brookes for many years and seen a tremendous amount changes during that time. Brookes is an organisation that doesn't stand still.

    Throughout my employment I have been encouraged and supported by my managers and the organisation to develop my skills so as to meet my career aspirations. These have included support to complete an MSc, in-house training and valuable secondment opportunities within Brookes. If you have the drive and desire to progress your career and seek and take new work experiences and put time in the study and gain qualifications to support your career aspirations then my experience is that Brookes will support you.

    Other forms of staff support include clear HR Policy and Procedures. Additionally, there is also a Brookes People Awards scheme and a staff Feel Good Festival.

    Having the opportunity to work in an organisation where there is such a passion for excellence makes me proud to be part of it.

    Cons

    Shared offices can be noisy. But I can work from home on a project or find one of the many small work spaces and pods to work if I need to.

    Advice to Management

    Keep asking and listening to your staff.


  10. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Intern in Oxford, England

    I have been working at Oxford Brookes University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of experience and lenient with mistakes

    Cons

    Not always given enough work, very bored!

    Advice to Management

    Make sure your actually giving us work


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