FilterPhD Student (Fully Funded)
Recognized name, great infrastructure for students, colleges provide excellent facilities.
Work-life balance is bad: as a PhD student you are expected to work all the time, with few holidays.
I worked at Oxford University full-time (More than 5 years)
Great place to live, access to world leading academics and equipment. Supportive environment for personal development.
Lack of career progression opportunities; poor work life balance as a PhD student. Some support staff act as 'gatekeepers' to equipment, preventing and/or delaying research.
I have been working at Oxford University full-time
Excellent working conditions, great faculty great students. Would do the PhD again.
No major downsides I can think of, except you might get bored in Oxford after a while.
PhD student in Clinical Medicine. 4yrs total.
Great city, my building was recent and up to date, nice colleagues and cool lab.
Can Oxnot think of anything
Advice to Management
Being a PhD student is very different to life as an undergraduate. The mix of people is much more diverse than the stereotypes you read about, and they being a lot of useful leads, methods and information with them. My department had a very active involvement in moving research work into the private sector and there were many opportunities to do so.
Academic life moves slowly, in part due to the nature of research, that it must be thorough, and repeatable. Partly because very little of it is applied, so it involves a lot of sitting and thinking. Though the space is theoretically full, it is a rare sight to see an entire research group in, many opt to take a very relaxed schedule.
Advice to Management
The building contains absolutely no entertainment, and they have even go so far as to remove newspapers. There are no communal areas, and Baxter-Storey provide very little excitement in the food department. Some form of rest area would be much appreciated, as many take their breaks at their computers, or disrupt others by meeting in labs or kitchens.
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