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University of Glasgow Research Associate Reviews

Updated 17 July 2018
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Pros
  • "good work-life balance, good reputation," (in 11 reviews)

  • "Easy access to the city centre and to the West end of Glasgow" (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "There are no cons in particular" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Little/no job security, no formal skills development, byzantine bureaucracy, entrenched lifers in long-term roles that are resistant to change" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Contractor - Research Associate in Glasgow, Scotland
    Former Contractor - Research Associate in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Glasgow as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very enriching, lots of experience.

    Cons

    None to note, very positive experience overall.


  2. "Great Uni"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Current Employee - Research Associate

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

    Pros

    The Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience is a great place for a Post doc. Excellent labs, lively and friendly environment, good flexibility at work (depending on your PI though) and all the admin staff is extremely kind and helpful.

    Cons

    As a post doc, basically no chance to progress to a permanent position (e.g. as a lecturer) as they privilege external applicants. They hire people in couples most of time (husband and wife).

  3. "Competitive with other research institutions"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, comparable salary to similar roles at other universities. Opportunities to develop within a role. Excellent city to live in.

    Cons

    Not much mentorship if you're on a temporary research only contract. Limited opportunity to be promoted within the University. Very dependent on the relationship you have with your direct line manager which is fine if you get on, less so if you don't.

    Advice to Management

    Consider your temporary contract staff. We would stay if we encouraged more.


  4. "Working as a post-doc at the University of Glasgow."

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Glasgow, Scotland
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Glasgow, Scotland

    I worked at University of Glasgow (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Salary was good, the work was interesting, and I had a high degree of flexibility over working hours.

    Cons

    You aren't really valued as an individual, and they are very slow to respond to problems.


  5. "RA's review"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    A comfortable city with plenty of amenities. The university has a great history and atmosphere. The research done here has good potential and the fabrication labs are fantastic.

    Cons

    Weather is a bit dull. University facilities are old and need to upgraded to make the work environment more modern. Car access is problematic and salaries may not be competitive enough anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Increase salaries and quality of work facilities


  6. "All depends on your boss"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    It's a university, and I am a research associate hired under a professor's grant. This professor happens to be great so my job is great.
    Learning tons on the job
    Great lab mates,
    Fell like a valued member of the team

    Cons

    Like most positions of this kind it is contingent on funding and so when the funding ends so does my job. This is likely the main reason I will leave academia for industry.


  7. "Good science friendly and collaborative environment"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Glasgow part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Forefront in virus science and very good governance

    Cons

    Little possibility to develop your career getting a permanent position

    Advice to Management

    Better all round formation to allow personal to find easily the next challenge in the career

  8. "Post-Doc"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at University of Glasgow full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great career opportunities, interesting colleagues, and great research environment in broader community. Lots of opportunities to link research interests to community groups within Glasgow. Students are bright and often very committed to applied research. Really great learning community.

    Cons

    pay is not great, very bureaucratic work environment, and there is definitely a self-confidence problem in reference to anything Edinburgh does.