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Updated 30 April 2018
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  1. "Postdoctoral Research Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Paisley, Scotland
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Paisley, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good place to do research with drive for expansion and improvement

    Cons

    No cons come to my mind


  2. "Life of Riley"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Ayr, Scotland
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Ayr, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at UWS full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work if you accept the fact that you are associated with one of the worst universities in Britain. Having worked at a Scottish Russel group university, I cannot believe that the salary bandings are the same here than in my former workplace. Teaching and admin is demanding sometimes, esp. if you mark the homework or exams of a class of 100 , but there are virtually no research requirements to be fulfilled and, depending on your manager you get away with being there for just delivering your lectures. So, amazing if you want a family focussed life-long balance job. Students are also easy to please and won't challenge your academic credibility at all nor expect you to be a world-leading scholar in your field. The easier you make it for them to pass, the more you will be liked. In that case, good feedback is almost guaranteed.

    Cons

    HR is pretty useless and then there is the reputation issue, but as said, this does not reflect on your pay-check. Watch out for complaining students, they can cause you troubles, same if your module has bas pass and feeback rates. Again, solution to this is easy (say you will get better, or do a degree in university teaching or join the higher education academy) if your manager supports you.
    Limited career opportunities if your face does not fit (be friendly to management!)

    Advice to Management

    Please keep appraisals as they are, and do not introduce strict performance management benchmarks and work time controls :-)

  3. "Great if you like to be overworked and undervalued!"

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

    I worked at UWS full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some really great lecturers who are very passionate about what they do.

    Cons

    Too many to list. Unbelievably understaffed, terrible management who don't listen or lead by example, very few opportunities, no real support with personal development, in some departments a bit of a bully culture. As review below seems to be a lot of media indicating it is a large, world acclaimed institution - not very sure what they are basing this on! Full of unhappy staff with ridiculous workloads, you have to be there yourself to believe it. Genuinely was a very happy day when I walked out of UWS for good.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the unqualified and inadequate managers for a start, need to start from scratch and hope for a miracle.


  4. "Research assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at UWS part-time

    Pros

    happy environment, clean, lots of space, flexible.
    positive colleagues
    educated

    Cons

    Quiet
    Not a lot of team work
    Lack of communication between departements


  5. "Messy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to get interesting stuff done. Students are enthusiastic and engaged, on the whole. Some lovely colleagues. Provided you can keep your head and stay focused on the task in hand, it can be a rewarding place to work.

    Cons

    Poorly organised, very poorly managed, with massively overpaid and under-achieving senior managers. An awful lot of people who have been hanging around the place for far too long. Promotion opportunities are limited - feels rather 'stuck' and 'static'.


  6. "Crazy place - needs to listen to staff and sharpen up"

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

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

    Pros

    Some interesting opportunities. Students are a nice bunch. Has lots of potential. Slowly becoming more outward facing and international which is a good thing. Pay, benefits, rewards in line with the HE sector as a whole. Some excellent colleagues and interesting projects to work on.

    Cons

    Terrible, incompetent and overpaid senior management. Appalling communication. Incoherent strategy. Lack of vision. Some very questionable decisions. Lack of listening.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff and students. Give them the support and resources they need to succeed. Clear out the dead wood deal with poor performance and build on success.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "More disorganised an overmanaged than The Roman Empire around 400AD"

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    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Paisley, Scotland
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Paisley, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    You can just get on with your work and ignore the University. You can either work very hard or skive furiously. I prefer to work very hard. But nobody in management knows whether I do or don't. it is purely therefore a conscience thing.

    Cons

    Ever having to interface with the University. It is filled with stupid people who get in the way of doing a good academic work.

    Advice to Management

    Resign. Reorganise. Find better people. Get a direction. Get out of the road.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Generally good, but stressful."

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    Current Employee - Infrastructure Support Analyst in Paisley, Scotland
    Current Employee - Infrastructure Support Analyst in Paisley, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good team, free car parking

    Cons

    Politics, bad communication between teams.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communications, try to remove the politics and empire building.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Interesting ..."

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Ayr, Scotland
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Ayr, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    A growing organisation, currently well-placed in vocational/academic education.

    Cons

    Communication is patchy and erratic.


  10. "Change change change. Improvement, improvement, improvement???"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UWS full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, some reasonable workers, new campuses and improvement

    Cons

    Stale, poor leadership (but maybe that has changed?)


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