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University of Edinburgh Lecturer Reviews

Updated 26 November 2017
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Pros
  • Focus on work life balance and gender equality (in 14 reviews)

  • Good support system and atmosphere, great benefits, colleagues were very supportive of each other and flexible working hours (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Salary is skinny and career progression is limited (in 5 reviews)

  • Low salary, but that is the nature of working with a start up (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "The best place to work and the Best city to live in"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    One of the most organised institution one can ever hope for! So keen to help everyone to feel welcome, makes you feel brilliant.
    In terms of CPD, there is an endless selection of trainings, seminars, workshops, be it theoretical, technical, or personal development stuff.
    Also, brilliant affiliated facilities - FARR institute is only one - yet the best - example.

    And gym is affordable for everyone, which is brilliant when you been sitting at your desk all day long ;-)

    Cons

    HR - as everywhere, here too HR has sometimes difficulties processing matters at desired speed. Always lovely when speaking to them but occasionally resolving issues may take a bit longer. As I said - any bigger organisation cons, I suppose?

    Advice to Management

    none I can think of, sorry


  2. "Great working place"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, continuous education, family oriented, very stimulating from an intellectual point of view, among the top university in the UK. Good salary as well.

    Cons

    Actually not that many, I find progressing up the ladder is very difficult if not impossible. It is a stressful work environment, I am surrounded by several colleague having stress related health issues.... Maybe not related to the University directly but more to the type of job. Not sure.

    Advice to Management

    There is more and more modern teaching organisation (such as Udacity and Coursera), which could serious competitors within the next few years to some of the well established (expensive programs)...


  3. "Paid in reputation, not cash."

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a prestigious place, with lots to be proud of. The place has a lot of history behind it, so from that perspective it's a place that I'm proud to be associated with.

    Cons

    The pay is pretty poor compared to private sector and it's the very stereotype of a public sector business - an insane amount of bureaucracy and very poor management running the place. There's obviously a mass of brilliant minds in the education section, but unfortunately that doesn't extend to the management.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to manage


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  5. "Lecturer/ Early Career Scientific Track fellow"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lecturer
    Current Employee - Lecturer
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Excellent mentorship (formal program) and support for junior faculty. Collaborative environment. Focus on work life balance and gender equality. High level science and top line equipment.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency for criteria for promotion to Reader. However from observations of others' reviews it would seem that there is the expectation to get a 5 year fellowship (~1 million) and high impact senior author paper within 5 years to get a permanent position. Lower range publications not considered as measure of success because count less towards REF assessment.