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University College London PhD Reviews

Updated 11 January 2018
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  1. "PhD. student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student 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

    great environment for learning and developing personally

    Cons

    supervisors can be too busy to help you


  2. "WT PhD at UCL"

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    Current Employee - WT PhD Student in London, England
    Current Employee - WT PhD Student 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 stipend for a PhD
    Interesting projects to work with

    Cons

    Sink or swim attitude from management
    Stressful work environment
    PhD students seen by PIs as a cheap (free) labour

    Advice to Management

    PhD and academic career can be much more than publishing papers. This is ofter forgotten by people who run programs.


  3. "Phd review"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good supervision and good science

    Cons

    no cons but it depends on the department


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  5. "Great institution, but..."

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

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

    Pros

    > Centrally located.
    > Excellent facilities, training, and access to the most brilliant mind in the world.
    > Excellent library access.

    Cons

    > Not much teaching opportunity for PhD student, if they exist, it is a relatively low-paid job.
    > Overstressed and overworked supervisors, always being pressured to bring in more funding to the department.
    > No opportunity to voice our concern about supervisors.

    Advice to Management

    Please look after the wellbeing of your PhD students too, don't just focus on your undergraduates.
    Please offer more stability for post-docs and research staffs, so they can focus on their current research and supervising the students well.


  6. "Excellent"

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    Former Employee - PhD Student in London, England
    Former Employee - PhD Student in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and excellent location.

    Cons

    Tight on office space.


  7. "PhD Student Review"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England

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

    Pros

    Great research university, lots of support, good location

    Cons

    PhD salary with London accommodation prices can be hard


  8. "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.


  9. "PhD studentship"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student - Stipend in London, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student - Stipend in London, England
    Recommends

    Pros

    World class research with many interesting on-going projects, friendly colleagues, opportunities for progress in the role.

    Cons

    IT support can some time be a little bit inefficient.


  10. "PhD Student"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible on working hours, great location, vibrant community

    Cons

    Experience will depend on your direct supervisor

    Advice to Management

    Have a better support network than just primary advisor


  11. "PhD student"

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

    Pros

    Big university
    Good funding
    Experienced PIs
    A variety of institutes
    Good range of subjects
    Great facilities
    Central location
    Target university for many companies

    Cons

    Sometimes size of university makes information less accessible
    Needs better regulation
    Safety can be an issue
    Location of campus makes surrounding area not affordable for rent
    Gets very busy during term time