University of Leicester Research Associate Reviews

Updated 10 Mar 2021

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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Great

    1 Mar 2021 - Research Assistant in Leicester, England, England
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    Pros

    skill development, excellent colleagues, good pay

    Cons

    none that I can think of

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  2. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    A University in crisis

    4 Feb 2021 - Research Associate 
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    Pros

    If you are part of the cabal running the place, things are probably quite good.

    Cons

    Where to start? As of February 2021 the University is making huge numbers of redundancies across academic and professional services departments. For example, yet again they are trying to get rid of all pure mathematics academics (there are various petitions online opposing these actions, signed by some very serious academics and others). The planned changes will have huge negative consequences for the University. They seem to want to become an apprentice/vocational skills institution (this is one of the things they say in their various "Shaping for excellence" documents). The accountants are refusing to sign off the accounts - they are worried the University has serious financial problems (the management even talk about this publicly on their Executive Board videos on YouTube). I expect the next 10 years or so to be very difficult for them in terms of finances. Perhaps they won't even last that long. If you are a student, avoid like the plague! If you are an academic looking for a new job, avoid like the plague! If you are still working there, you have my deepest sympathies (unless you are part of that despicable group who have destroyed the University... the senior management).

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  3. 4.0
    Former Employee

    University of Leicester

    20 Feb 2021 - Postgraduate Researcher in Leicester, England, England
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    Pros

    Growing facilities and improving services

    Cons

    Currently going under a transformation causing redundancies in social studies departments and administrative staff.

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  4. 1.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Research Administrator post at Leicester Clinical Trials Unit based at University of Leicester

    1 Nov 2020 - Research Administrator 
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    Pros

    - Flexible working - Seniors might like you if you work like a robot above and beyond your working hours and promote you if you are lucky. - Research administrator jobs always advertised regularly as people come and then leave within a few months of working at the unit.

    Cons

    - Extremely toxic place to work - Pay is rubbish (Grade 3) - Trial managers are very ungrateful and unappreciative for any good work you do and will criticise where they possibly can to stop your progression - The unit is stingy and in order to save money they will employee one research administrator who is expected to work under 2/3 trial managers. Therefore the administrator will be under enormous pressure to complete all the tasks delegated by the managers working above them. This is not made obvious in the interview. It is totally not worth it as it is a Grade 3 job! - Dirty politics and harassment takes place behind closed doors -Senior management team have their favourites. Therefore complaining to them is useless because they will not understand or take any appropriate action. Ultimately you will end up looking for another job and leaving the unit.

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  5. 2.0
    Current Employee

    Medium

    10 Mar 2021 - Research Scientist in Leicester, England, England
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    Pros

    Diversity Inclusion and EDi values in the university

    Cons

    Not leadership, lack of clarity and information during COVID19

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  6. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Proud to be an alumnus

    21 Jan 2021 - PhD Researcher 
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    Pros

    Sound and friendly organisational culture.

    Cons

    Not much room/space facilities for social science researchers

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  7. 4.0
    Current Contractor, less than 1 year

    UoL

    17 Jan 2021 - Research Assistant in Leicester, England, England
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    Pros

    Reasonable pay and friendly environment

    Cons

    Initial admin was somewhat slow

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  8. 3.0
    Current Employee

    University of Leicester

    16 Jan 2021 - Research Associate in Leicester, England, England
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    Pros

    Research oriented University with a dynamic environment

    Cons

    Lacking international collaboration for research

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  9. 5.0
    Current Employee

    A good place to work, where your work is respected and you are treated respectfully

    25 Sep 2020 - Research Assistant 
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    Pros

    Feel respected, be treated like a genuine human being, take complaints and issues seriously

    Cons

    Probably have to live in Leicester which doesn't have an Ikea.

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  10. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Not good enough in every aspect

    11 Sep 2020 - Senior Research Fellow in Leicester, England, England
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    Pros

    1. Some colleagues are very nice and helpful; 2. Culture diversity, no pressure for minorities; 3. Good football club near the campus.

    Cons

    1. Only few well-known professors; 2. Very political and stressful environment,; 3. Turned teaching into a business, students have to be serviced and pleased; 4. No efforts to help career development of junior scientist;

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