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University of Cambridge PhD Researcher Reviews

Updated 25 July 2017
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    "PhD researcher"

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    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some great people in and around the university. The host of facilities and equipment is terrific. Generally there is a plethora of opportunities outside of research to get involved with.

    Cons

    A lot of high flying researchers who care solely for publications and personal gain rather than science. A lot of the brightest minds are put off from academia due to the unhealthy dog-eat-dog world of academia, which, I suspect is more pronounced at this university.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on 'doing' good science, rather just upping publications and citations! Encourage the PhD researcher-supervisor relationship rather than just assume PhDs are at the bottom of the food chain and worth very little.

    This could however be said for academia in general at the moment, or this specific department.


  2. "Early Stage Researcher at Cambridge"

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    Former Employee - Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher - PhD Student in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher - PhD Student in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Cambridge full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Support and opportunity to grow personally and professionally through a variety of courses and programmes organised by the University

    Cons

    There is a highly selective hiring process.

    Advice to Management

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  3. "PhD Student Experience"

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    Current Employee - Phd Student Researcher
    Current Employee - Phd Student Researcher

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great support, ability to build network with world-leading researchers.
    - Many available funding opportunities, including for conference travels.
    - Amazing location, very accessible to london

    Cons

    - Some facilities are very out-dated. Expected more for a world-leading university.
    - Layers of bureaucracy.
    - Can be overwhelming.


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  5. "PhD Researcher"

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    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The university has a great reputation and it's easy to access all the information that's needed for research in the many libraries. The college system is also a plus.

    Cons

    The pay is not great, and administrative things can run quite slowly.

    Advice to Management

    Speed up the process for reimbursements.


  6. "Student experience"

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    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cambridge has more resources available for social research than any other European university I've come across, both in terms of financial support and connections globally.

    Cons

    Both the staff and the student body can be somewhat dogmatic and closed-minded; there is definitely a preference for internal candidates for promotions and opportunities.