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University College London Reviews

Updated 14 November 2018
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  • "Not a great place if you want career progression" (in 13 reviews)

  • "Expensive to live in or around London and the London allowance isn't anywhere near enough to make up for this" (in 7 reviews)

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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

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

    Pros

    Plentiful resources to enable productive research
    Openness to individual creativity and critical thinking
    Opportunities to provide low-level teaching duties for undergraduates
    Industrial collaboration or scale-up readily available through myriad contacts and partners
    Flexible work schedule
    Lots of funding for travel (conferences, site visits etc)
    Ethnic and gender diversity throughout the institution
    Lots of parks, pubs and cafes nearby!

    Cons

    Central London location means living anywhere nearby is difficult and expensive
    Disconnect somewhat between departments
    Campus and buildings can feel a little cramped (space limitations - though new campus in Stratford under construction)


  2. "Student Union UCL Café"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University College London part-time

    Pros

    Flexible work, good pay. Very suitable position for students

    Cons

    Early hours on occasion but nothing else.

  3. "Good, but needs to get better"

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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

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

    Pros

    Central location is ideal and convenient, with easy access to food, shops and transport. The equality, diversity and inclusion initiative is trying in earnest to improve conditions within the department and university.

    Cons

    Cramped spaces often due to the lack of space available. Admin team can take a long time to process simple requests.


  4. "Great place for reasearch"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University College London full-time

    Pros

    Stimulating and cooperative environment with people from all backgrounds. Excellent research facilities.

    Cons

    Low salary and lack of pension schemes for graduate researchers


  5. "good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    very diverse and fun, recommend

    Cons

    some lectures are a bit boring

    Advice to Management

    more organised lectures


  6. "The system is broken"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, not micromanaged, access to great equipment and usually good funding so can go on nice conferences or training. Some PI’s are amazing and very knowledgable/helpful when assisting research

    Cons

    Non-collaborative atmosphere and people. The people that get promoted don’t do any actual research but they do brown-nose management which gets them a promotion. All the best people were let to leave.
    As PDRAs are employed on 3 year contracts they are not regarded as or treated as staff.
    I can only speak of my department others may be different as UCL is a big place.

    Advice to Management

    Value all your employees not just permentant ones. Promote people who work hard and produce good publications


  7. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Programmer Administrator
    Current Employee - Programmer Administrator
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of free events to attend, friendly staff, decent pay, good annual leave allowance

    Cons

    Sometimes you have to deal with difficult academics.

  8. "ucl student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University College London full-time

    Pros

    Anthropology course amazing and great location

    Cons

    little community, expensive, isolating

    Advice to Management

    help students more


  9. "Pretty good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University College London full-time

    Pros

    Culturally very diverse
    Has a great reputation
    Lots of societies to join
    Great location

    Cons

    Very expensive to live near it
    Professor give very little 1-to-1 time


  10. "Tutor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University College London part-time

    Pros

    Great pay
    Flexible working hours
    Good facilities

    Cons

    Very strict on punctuality
    No parking space

    Advice to Management

    Facilitate parking space


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