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University College London PhD Researcher Reviews

Updated 25 August 2017
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  • no options for career progression (in 9 reviews)

  • Expensive to live in or around London and the London allowance isn't anywhere near enough to make up for this (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "PhD Student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in London, England
    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good infrastructure, resources, core facilities etc.
    Hub of world-class research,
    Learn from people with various academic, industrial, professional backgrounds.

    Cons

    Can feel isolated at such a big university/organisation
    IT resources could be improved
    Lots of paperwork/standard operating procedures etc.


  2. "University College London Review"

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    Current Employee - Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher - PhD Student in London, England
    Current Employee - Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher - PhD Student in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University College London full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good reputation and rather nice facilities.

    Cons

    Overflowing with internal politics and one-man obscure institutes.


  3. "PhD student at University College London"

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    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in London, England
    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A great pool of expertise from different background who are willing to share their knowledge and experiences.
    A wide range of exciting projects.
    Have researchers from different countries and cultures.
    Vibrant working environment.
    Enjoy interacting with undergraduate students

    Cons

    Office space is limited - there are not enough desks for phd students


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  5. "Postgraduate Research"

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    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in London, England
    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the leading research institutes in the world. It is motivating to know you are studying amongst the best students / researchers in the world. There is plenty of opportunities to take courses which hone your skills outside of your chosen field (entrepreneurship, etc). They also have programs to link researchers to industry.

    Cons

    The administration methods at times were found lacking. The policy to pay PhD stipends every 3 months is something that was a bit of a pain. Also, some students were payed late which is difficult with the day to day expenses of living in London.

    Advice to Management

    For the one of the best institutions in the world, the administration was at some times very difficult. Also IT services were lacking.


  6. "PhD Researcher"

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    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in London, England
    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University College London (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great location, good facilities, one of the best universities in the world.

    Cons

    Determined to build their IT systems in house, it doesn't work. Systems don't communicate well meaning departments don't communicate which each other well. Along with poor administration everything seems to take forever.


  7. "Friendly environment"

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    Current Contractor - PhD Researcher in London, England
    Current Contractor - PhD Researcher in London, England

    I have been working at University College London as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Being able to use campus facilities (library, gym, etc.)
    Benefits, staff discounts, holidays, training courses (e.g. ICT)
    Excellent location close to King's Cross, lots of parks and café nearby
    Flexible working arrangements (as a researcher, working from home is usually okay) and little micromanagement.

    Cons

    Generally staff are older, very few under 30s which can be tough if you like to socialise with co-workers.
    Very little interaction across departments or even offices meaning that you don't get to know very many people outside of the small team you're working with

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to add, really.