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Oxford University DPhil Student Reviews

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  • Work life balance is non existent for most science departments, but that is expected (in 18 reviews)

  • Oxford is very expensive to live in, particularly on a PhD stipend (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "PhD student Immunology"

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    Current Employee - DPhil Student
    Current Employee - DPhil Student
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Personal development
    Working time flexibility
    Relax and friendly environment
    Talks diversity
    Networking opportunities

    Cons

    Salary
    Crowded
    Administration,
    Location
    Lack of space, building, car park


  2. Helpful (1)

    "One of the best, if you can deal with the workload"

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    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic supervisors and facilities - there are few places overall for teaching and research that are as good as Oxford. Unique atmosphere, brilliant reputation.

    Cons

    Some of the administration is stuck with archaic traditions which don't translate well to the modern day. An unfortunate minority of the academics and staff know they're at one of the best universities in the world, and like to make sure the world knows it by being difficult, unreasonable and arrogant.

    You also pay for the reputation of the University by, understandably, being expected to produce high quality work, and a lot of it. This can feel intimidating, even overwhelming, at times.

    Advice to Management

    Tradition is fine, and adds to the University's historic atmosphere, but where it makes life more difficult than it needs to be, or off-putting and alienating to those unfamiliar to the institution it should be removed or toned down. Staff who like to make the most of the University's reputation by thinking they can get away with being difficult or rude need to be disciplined in some manner.

    Aside from this though, the positives outweigh the negatives - the research carried out here is fantastic, and it's a brilliant place to work if you find the right supervisor. The facilities and libraries should be maintained as the great places they are, and support should be given where these facilities are falling into disrepair.


  3. "Excelent"

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    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great learning environment. Not only supervisors, but great availability of talented colleagues.

    Cons

    Work/Life Balance might suffer, depending on how much a publication record you want to build.

    Advice to Management

    University very well managed and supervised.


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  5. "DPhil student (Medical science)"

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    Former Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great university with excellent teaching and dedicated professors, surrounded by beautiful colleges and fabulous people!

    Cons

    Tough work for students, can't relax over holidays


  6. "Great place overall"

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    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England

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

    Pros

    Great team work and spirit, challenging work/High Impact, good supervision, flexible work hours

    Cons

    old offices and better food options required.


  7. "Life changing experience"

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    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Oxford University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Life changing experience to be in such a bright and novel an environment.

    Cons

    Balance exists between life/work, but life/work/sleep is a skewed distribution.


  8. "Great research, more scholarships should be made available"

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    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Beautiful place
    - High level research

    Cons

    - Salary doesn't match up to the expense of living in Oxford


  9. "Top University which provides a great working environment for academics"

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    Current Employee - DPhil Student
    Current Employee - DPhil Student
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    Strong support for students
    Excellent facilities and supervision
    Very collaborative environment

    Cons

    Sometimes too much administrative work
    Location (Oxford is a small town providing only limited entertainment but London is close by)


  10. "The greatest university in the world, but from another age"

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    Former Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - DPhil Student in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Unparalleled research opportunities and connections with some of the most cutting-edge thought. A beautiful city and a world class teaching environment.

    Cons

    Archaic course structure. Unpredictable employment and work load. Much of the teaching lacks in transferable usefulness. Lack of development opportunities if you don't have existing connections with tenured fellows.


  11. "DPhil student"

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    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Abingdon, England
    Current Employee - DPhil Student in Abingdon, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great university with an amazing reputation that has opened many doors for me

    Cons

    Minimal supervision from the start meaning I was left to my own devices very early on, in the end I feel this was beneficial but difficult at times

    Advice to Management

    Manage student supervisor interaction