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University of Exeter Reviews

Updated 26 April 2018
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  • Litte to no career development for recruitment staff (in 2 reviews)

  • Parking can be tricky with the high numbers of staff and students (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Research Assistant"

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

    I worked at University of Exeter part-time

    Pros

    Outstanding Environment
    Friendly Colleagues - huge group of diverse people
    Flexible

    Cons

    Not a very big city.


  2. "Exeter"

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    Current Employee - Professor in Exeter, England
    Current Employee - Professor in Exeter, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice Campus- Flexible hours- Nice City

    Cons

    Pay- bureaucracy- academics everywhere- Too much administration

  3. "A once great institution, ruined by over-ambitious management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Exeter, England
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Exeter, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Exeter full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, some historic buildings (mostly dwarfed now by recent building developments).

    The remains of the ethos of Exeter lingers amongst staff who have worked there for many years. Some of that has rubbed off an more recent recruits, (but it is fast disappearing).

    Cons

    Not all of the problems are peculiar to Exeter, of course. All HE institutions have been turned into 'businesses' by policy changes of recent governments. Student fees, research 'impact' and chasing league tables has shifted focus away from core academic values.

    The tragedy for Exeter is that it was always a sought-after place to study due to its location and picturesque campus. It was, therefore, insulated to some extent from the effects of policy.

    Sadly, a 'corporate-minded' management made it their goal to bring Exeter into the 'top-ten', and become part of the Russel Group. A laudable ambition, but one that probably should have been achieved organically, over decades, rather than pushed through before any individuals' retirements.

    I saw leather sofas and chrome/glass computer desks brought into the Library at huge expense, so that 'spend per student' on Information Services was sufficient for league-table metrics. Just one example of the tail wagging the dog, and though typical, certainly not the worst!

    But saddest of all was the atmosphere of bullying, particularly in the Professional Services. A lot good people left, many due to illness, most because it was easier to take a redundancy package than have to fight every day for what was 'right'.

    It's a few years since I left, but from what I understand from previous colleagues a recent change in senior management shows every sign of continuing, albeit against a backdrop of 'reducing costs'.

    Advice to Management

    You only have to look at the tariffs for entry to Exeter to see how popular it is amongst each year’s cohort.

    So why not make Exeter one of the few HE institutions where traditional academic values thrive?

    Most of all, though, the culture of bullying that took hold under the previous senior management regime needs to be addressed. Not because it's harming profits, but because it is the right thing to do.


  4. "Research and Modelling Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Exeter, England
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Exeter, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Exeter full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very good research focused university. Lots of support available for the early career researcher to grow.

    Cons

    Sometimes bureaucratic processes might be quite daunting.


  5. "Senior Student Ambassador"

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    Current Employee - Senior Student Ambassador in Exeter, England
    Current Employee - Senior Student Ambassador in Exeter, England
    Recommends

    I have been working at University of Exeter part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible, huge group of diverse people to get to know and work with, wide range of jobs to get involved in.

    Cons

    Sometimes too much for your course!


  6. "Employment at the University"

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    Current Employee - Career Consultant in Falmouth, England
    Current Employee - Career Consultant in Falmouth, England

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

    Pros

    Best job I have ever had
    Great location at Penryn
    Feel valued as a member of staff

    Cons

    Very high workload in the Autumn


  7. "MSc Student"

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    Current Employee - MSC Student in Falmouth, England
    Current Employee - MSC Student in Falmouth, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Exeter full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Professional and elite mining school that is renowned globally

    Cons

    Very far south! Doesn't have much to do with the main Exeter campus

  8. "Telephon Caller"

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    Former Employee - Telethon Caller in Exeter, England
    Former Employee - Telethon Caller in Exeter, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Exeter part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, high hourly salary, entertaining work games

    Cons

    tiring phone calls, negative customer feedback, have to work weekends


  9. "Worked on behalf of the student guild"

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

    I worked at University of Exeter full-time

    Pros

    Great work culture and the people were helpful and proactive in accelerating your career in the desired direction

    Cons

    Professionalism at time lacked the desired amount.


  10. "Good university on its way towards the downfall"

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    Former Employee - PHD Or Senior Research Scholar in Exeter, England
    Former Employee - PHD Or Senior Research Scholar in Exeter, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Exeter full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Scenic
    Friendly people around in the city

    Cons

    Racist teachers. Non British students are treated as source of income and profit.
    If you are a non British PhD candidate, never waste your time thinking of joining this University.

    Advice to Management

    Consider international students as living beings and not just a source of income.


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