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University of Edinburgh Reviews

Updated 16 July 2018
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Pros
  • "Focus on work life balance and gender equality" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Good support system and atmosphere, great benefits, colleagues were very supportive of each other and flexible working hours" (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • "Salary is skinny and career progression is limited" (in 6 reviews)

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

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  1. "MSc Course Demonstrator and Marker"

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

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh part-time

    Pros

    Well paid. Comfortable working environment with students.

    Cons

    Limited working time and hours.


  2. "Senior Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, cutting-edge research, nice colleagues

    Cons

    Insecurity, low benefits, market driven

  3. "It's a university, but not as we knew it"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    Almost all great people, decent working environment

    Cons

    Very political at the more senior levels. Increasingly going towards a 1990s style corporate culture.


  4. "Great atmosphere!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Collaboration with top researchers
    - Resourceful university
    - Teaching / TA / Tutoring (paid) opportunities
    - Multicultural

    Cons

    - As a disadvantage I would say a single word -> bureaucracy


  5. Helpful (1)

    "University Funded PhD Studentship"

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    Former Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Edinburgh is a relaxed work environment where peers are cooperative more than competitive.

    There have been improvements to the PhD review and support system to ensure more students graduate on time.

    Edinburgh is a great place to live as a student and a professional.

    Cons

    Funding only covers tuition and maintenance fees. External grants or additional funding is required to cover lab costs and testing, travel, and conference fees. This can mean your work can become quite constrained if your supervisor does not have access to readily available funds.

    Collaboration between academics can vary greatly between institutes, and cross-disciplinary work and interaction can be a struggle as there is no unifying university momentum in the sciences.

    Kings buildings are far from the city centre and are a ghost town outside of office hours.

    There is a little to no accountability for poor or neglectful supervisors. Before accepting a position be sure there is a clear understanding of expectations and the level of supervision that will be provided.

    Funding is for three years, but most PhD will take longer to complete. The school allows for one year for thesis write-up after the initial three years but this period will be unpaid and can be quite stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more funding for students on an institute level to travel, network, and attend conferences.


  6. "part time role at the uni"

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

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh part-time

    Pros

    very relax work environment for the uni

    Cons

    not competitive enough at working environment


  7. "Research Assistant post"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good location, friendly staff

    Cons

    Not much independence, not paid

  8. "Fast turnover of staff and students"

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

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time

    Pros

    University staff benefits
    Free bus between campuses

    Cons

    Catering is pretty bad
    Students everywhere


  9. "A very good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Committed staff (both academic and support); bright and talented students; beautiful and vibrant city; academic reputation; prestige; devolved structure.

    Cons

    Public sector salaries; constant drive to do more on less; change can take time; devolved structure.


  10. "Working for a University"

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    Former Employee - Research Technician in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Research Technician in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    High quality research environment, with lots of collaboration opportunity

    Cons

    All the usual downsides of working with academics!


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