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University College London Reviews

Updated 21 February 2018
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  1. "PhD student"

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    Former Employee - Phd Student Researcher in London, England
    Former Employee - Phd Student Researcher in London, England
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Enjoyed my time there, I was flexible in managing my schedules and research project

    Cons

    Pros and cons depends on the supervisor/department.

    Advice to Management

    £3000 for three years are not enough to pay conferences, fieldwork, research visits etc.


  2. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Laboratory Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working patterns, feeling valued at work

    Cons

    Not much room for progression


  3. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Commercial Assistant in London, England
    Former Employee - Commercial Assistant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Decent pay for the work, very flexible hours and really good colleagues

    Cons

    Can be a very busy working environment


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Chemistry PhD Student Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University College London full-time

    Pros

    Good academic institution in terms of employability

    Cons

    Appalling management and support for students
    Do not pay PhD students fairly for teaching etc.
    Student satisfaction is extremely low and many post doc researchers are also leaving due to poor management and lack of support

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a complete rethink of the current system. Money is being wasted in areas it shouldn't be, while funds for researchers are being cut. Support for academic staff needs to be much better in order for researchers to want to stay on at UCL after PhD/post doc


  6. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "My career prospects, as a highly-qualified professional, have been damaged by working at UCL"

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    Current Employee - Professional In Support Department in London, England
    Current Employee - Professional In Support Department in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University College London full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    (1) Bloomsbury location (2) interesting academic colleagues & students (3) useful in-house IT training

    Cons

    The culture in support departments is typically amateur, authoritarian, bureaucratic, old-fashioned, over-worked, reactive, unjoined-up and poorly-managed. Office accommodation is generally mean

    Advice to Management

    (1) Recruit better senior managers (2) stop boasting about your commitment to equalities until it is a reality (3) run UCL like a public institution not a business (4) cut UCL East development and improve terms and working conditions for existing staff


  8. "Ph.D. Student"

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    Former Employee - PhD Graduate
    Former Employee - PhD Graduate
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Top university
    Admins are very efficient (at least in the biosciences department)

    Cons

    Not a lot but some of the lecturers are not very good at presenting.


  9. "Good enough"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University College London full-time

    Pros

    -Excellent access to laboratory instruments
    - World-class academics

    Cons

    -Impersonal due to size and profit drive
    -Research groups are not always as collaborative as they could be


  10. "Teaching Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Teaching Fellow in London, England
    Current Employee - Teaching Fellow in London, England
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    They have recently allowed tenure track promotions all the way to Professor without need for research.

    Cons

    Although rated very high academically, they do not integrate departments well, so it is still very silo based.

    Advice to Management

    Suggest that they integrate research better; they are doing among the students in engineering with the new integrated engineering program.


  11. "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'.


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