I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time (Less than a year)
Good working conditions, excellent balance work/life, international environment, Edinburgh is a very nice city to live in, good pay
sometimes the vision of the department could be not so clear
I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time (More than a year)
Teaching at a high standard to many interested and engaged students. An exciting and vibrant place to work in a beautiful city.
Lack of career progression in academia when facing an intense teaching role and little time to devote to your research.
Advice to Management
Teaching fellowships should be reevaluated. Given the importance of the REF, a full time teaching position is not conducive to building a career in academia, especially for early career researchers. These positions are temporary and insecure. They do not mean you will fall into a lectureship in that department, and it is not possible to have a (stable) career as a teaching fellow. Management need to consider what they are offering, otherwise it is bordering on exploitative.
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