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Oxford University Lecturer Reviews

Updated 21 June 2017
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  • Work/Life Balance might suffer, depending on how much a publication record you want to build (in 18 reviews)

  • Expensive to live -- almost the same as London although with less pay (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Stipendiary Lecturer"

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    Current Employee - Stipendiary Lecturer in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Stipendiary Lecturer in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Prestige, immediate name recognition, and intellectual heft across departments and colleges.

    Cons

    Poor stewardship of human resources, compensation to junior researchers and educators.

    Advice to Management

    Beware resting on laurels...


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    "Waste of time for junior faculty"

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice town, great and convenient location.

    Cons

    Terrible and flawed grading system. Poor collegial relations amongst faculty. No support for junior faculty. Lots of false promises. Unfair and excessive workload unless you are a Reader/Professor. Money talks. Nobody cares.

    Advice to Management

    Wouldn't bother.


  3. "A great experience, surrounded by people you have a lot to learn from"

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    Current Contractor - Lecturer in Oxford, England
    Current Contractor - Lecturer in Oxford, England

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

    Pros

    Work as a lecturer in independent: you have a lot of autonomy, you manage your own time, you get to teach bright students, and learn a lot from your colleagues. The work-life balance depends on you, since research never ends and you need to know when to stop.

    Cons

    Salaries are not great in academia; also, if you do not have a permanent position you are very likely to have to move to another part of the country for a different job; there is pressure to publish.

    Advice to Management

    There are lots of benefits in terms of housing and meals, which somewhat make up for the low salary.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Stimulating but old-fashioned"

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    Current Employee - Academic Lecturer/Researcher in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Academic Lecturer/Researcher in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly support staff, intellectually stimulating work, positive and intimate work environment, talented students and colleagues, interesting and lively city, good resources (labs, libraries) depending on your field

    Cons

    Lack of centralization means inefficient day-to-day operations and bad communication between departments, pay is low v cost of living, city is crowded and student-dominated, operations and general outlook can be very old-fashioned and many higher-ups are resistant to change

    Advice to Management

    Centralize and modernize


  6. "Rewarding and challenging"

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    Former Employee - Lecture In Continuing Education in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Lecture In Continuing Education in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global excellence in teaching and research

    Cons

    It can think too highly of itself - or at least the other academics can.


  7. "Good employer but old systems...."

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Oxford, England
    Recommends

    Pros

    work according to your style..

    Cons

    to much administration, not much else to complaint about

    Advice to Management

    ;;;