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Updated 13 June 2018
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Research Associate

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University College London Provost and President Michael Arthur
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  1. "REsearch Associate"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Research Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Family friendly environment and care about their staffs

    Cons

    The building infrastructure is very poor. They dont have an appropriate staff room


  2. "full-time post doc"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England

    I worked at University College London full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work, surrounded by great minds and good science

    Cons

    Can't think of any downside of working there

    University College London Response

    1 Jun 2018 – Communications and Engagement Manager

    Hello, thank you for your feedback – we’re delighted you enjoyed your time at UCL. We’re really proud of UCL’s ability to attract the brightest minds and be at the cutting edge of research.

  3. "Interesting work, but difficult career progression"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England

    I have been working at University College London full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work on diverse topics

    Cons

    Academic career advice varies a lot, depending on manager. Little possibility of career progression within UCL.

    University College London Response

    29 Jun 2018 – Communications and Engagement Manager

    Hello, thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. It’s great to hear that you’re finding the work interesting and diverse!

    UCL is committed to supporting career development and last... More


  4. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of interactions with different research groups
    Great support for research grant proposals

    Cons

    Work buildings are old and often cold in the winter

    University College London Response

    1 May 2018 – UCL Human Resources

    Hello, thanks for taking the time to leave such a positive review. It's great to read that your research is well-supported. The UCL estate includes many historic buildings, however our Transforming... More


  5. "Research Associate at UCL"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Research Associate in London, England

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

    Pros

    - One of the best universities in the world.
    - Great people and atmosphere.

    Cons

    - Quite a competitive environment (which made me push myself a lot so really a con!).

    University College London Response

    1 May 2018 – UCL Human Resources

    Hello, thanks very much for taking the time to leave a review. It's great to hear that you like the atmosphere here as well as your colleagues. We hope you're able to benefit from our Wellbeing... More


  6. "Post Doctoral Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Research Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Research Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Environment for growing professionally and personally, great flexibility. The campus is vibrant and people are friendly and smart. UCL ended up in seventh place in the QS ranking, right behind the University of Oxford.

    Cons

    I couldn't find a specific con.

    University College London Response

    1 May 2018 – UCL Human Resources

    Hello, thank you for your 5* review! Our friendly and smart people are what makes UCL the high-performing university it is today, and our vibrant campus and opportunities for professional and... More


  7. "Lifestyle and work style"

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    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University College London as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - International university
    - Great community
    - Good networking in between different departments
    - Equipped with latest instruments

    Cons

    - Building sometimes very old

  8. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Research Associate in London, England

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

    Pros

    The institute has good reputation, equal opportunities, work schedule and safety measures

    Cons

    Pension scheme offered is poorly managed (USS)


  9. "As always with science: great job, miserable pay"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Research Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    UCL is a fantastic place to work. Atmosphere is very warm and productive.

    Cons

    There certain idiotic rules written by highest management to 'save money'.


  10. "Fantastic place for growth in central London"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've been working as a research associate for just over a year and have loved my time at UCL. The access I have has a biomedical researcher to the many world class hospitals as well as research facilities is remarkable. I get to work with people from all around the world and is an incredibly intellectually stimulating environment. My colleagues are hardworking professionals and the bosses are very approachable and supportive. I also get the perks of being in central London.

    Cons

    The UCL admin can be quite slow at times so you may need to consistently nag them to push things to go through. As the university is scattered a bit throughout a major city, your division/department may feel like a small part of a big machine - though to be fair, the different UCL campuses are well situated and possibly more united geographically than other big city universities.

    Advice to Management

    If you could invest in more efficient workflow through the admin team, the rest of the staff would be very grateful. Thanks.