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University of Glasgow Research Fellow Reviews

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Pros
  • Good opportunities with a good work-life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Nice facilities, great swimming pool, fantastic location in the west end of Glasgow, plenty of cafes and pubs 5 mins walk (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • I was told by my line manager that had I not been pregnant my contract would have been renewed (in 3 reviews)

  • Remote location, not to many contacts with the main campus research groups (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "glasgow fellow review"

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

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

    Pros

    Good location. Good infrastructure. Friendly staff.

    Cons

    Some core infrastructure lacking. Difficult to get a permanent position.

    Advice to Management

    Link career progression through to higher levels.


  2. "Review of Glasgow University"

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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    A really nice working environment with excellent people

    Cons

    Permanency in academia is elusive.


  3. "PhD student"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Fellow in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Fellow in Glasgow, Scotland

    I have been working at University of Glasgow (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The best university that has all the facilities with well equipped labs

    Cons

    Needs to develop programs for early career researchers


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    "Good University that could be better..."

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    Former Employee - Research Fellow
    Former Employee - Research Fellow
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Excellent University with good resources and academics. Excellent location in the west end of Glasgow.

    Cons

    No doubt department dependent but lack of career support/development for contract researchers. Don't seem to take their redeployment register seriously - in fact HR dept deliberately deceives to ensure it is not used when convenient. Struggle with genuine interdisciplinary working. Too little contact between departments/schools - this is a wasted resource.


  6. "Great research environment"

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    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Glasgow, Scotland
    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent, world-class and stimulating research environment.

    Good facilities and excellent support and guidance from from the research management (although this can be somewhat group dependent - maybe I was lucky).

    Typically limited duration contracts, but good once you get on the rolling grants - in my experience, if you're any good, the management will do amazing feats of juggling to keep you regardless of funding problems.

    Cons

    Limited chance of career advancement in research-only - as normal, to advance, you need to teach and the term time load can be rather high (supervision and not much else) - although some opportunities do exist.

    Advice to Management

    In general, good job! Keep a eye on the teaching time load to ensure the university can keep its world-class research status. More opportunities for research-only posts (and advancement there) would be welcome (although noted that teaching is the primary function of universities!)