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University College London Reviews

Updated 15 January 2019
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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. "Research Fellow"

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

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

    Pros

    Good environment and strong research ability

    Cons

    High-tech research skills; good work-life balance; good environment, etc.


  2. "RA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    the job has flexible hours

    Cons

    no room for growth unless you get a phd

    Advice to Management

    more room for career growth outisde of phd work

  3. "PhD student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University College London full-time

    Pros

    Provided you choose a good lab, you will enjoy your PhD. Need to pick a supportive group with good supervisors.

    Cons

    Can be quite an isolated experience, but UCL is working to improve the graduate student community.


  4. "wef"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University College London full-time

    Pros

    it is okay not much to say

    Cons

    it is a bit boring and long


  5. "Undergrad in biosciences"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University College London full-time

    Pros

    Academically great, good lectures by the best researchers

    Cons

    Management is pretty bad & the university is run like a business


  6. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University College London full-time

    Pros

    Great course, great tuition and pastoral care.

    Cons

    Not a cohesive environment, more expensive.


  7. "Experience as an MRes student at UCL"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in London, England
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher 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

    UCL is a large, highly prestigious university with cutting-edge facilities and resources. It is a great place to learn about and practice experimental physics.

    Cons

    My personal experience of the organisation of the university has been poor. Frequent timetable changes, with lectures or other activities being cancelled, postponed or moved to a new location sometimes hours before their original slot. All changes are communicated via individual emails but there is no centralised timetable online that is frequently updated.

    Advice to Management

    Please improve the management of your resources and upload a centralised timetable that is kept up-to-date.

  8. "Mismanaged"

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in London, England
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good overall degree reputation (no guarantee it will last)

    Cons

    Frequent professional staff changes interrupt workflow in research labs
    Shortage of clerical staff leads to delays in signing contracts and fund transfers

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people


  9. "Clinical trials coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Trial Coordinator in London, England
    Current Employee - Clinical Trial Coordinator in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Wide portfolio of studies. Everything is well structured.

    Cons

    Poor management of people. Lack of working enthusiasm.


  10. "Working at UCL"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University College London full-time

    Pros

    Inspiring institution, which leads the world in many areas of research

    Cons

    Chaotic administration, which leads to a hit and miss experience according to where you happen to work within the institution.