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University of Leicester Researcher Reviews

Updated 14 February 2019
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Pros
  • "Flexible working hours, work when you want, get to meet lots of great people and the chance to develop communication skills" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Really nice working environment" (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • "There is not much room for career progression in the job" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Senior management team is exceptionally poor" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Leicester, England
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Leicester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly University with plenty of scope for career advancement and pursuing personal research interests.

    Cons

    Busy University environment and lots of administration

    Advice to Management

    -


  2. "Good facilities, but significant room for improvement on the human side"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Leicester, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Leicester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    very professional, bright, proactive, good international exposure, good place to live, efficient electrical systems, state of the art computing environments, great condition, surrounding community a good urban place to live, promotes climate friendly transport, and energy use

    Cons

    lots of bureaucracy, very tight security, very rigid, inadequate pay for the cost of living, poor opportunities for advancement, not adequate gender representation in key fields.

    Advice to Management

    Seek out and hire more women in science and engineering. -- there are three times more men than women. Hire men and women of color. The students are from everywhere (Asia, Africa, South America) and speak a multitude of languages, but the faculty is 95% white, Caucasian! The intent is teach students the kind of world they could create in their home countries, but we fail them by practicing the world of the status quo.

  3. "Decent Post-doctoral Research Post"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Leicester, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Leicester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supportive academic environment, if you have a good supervisor is a good research position for a post-doc.

    Cons

    Leciester city location is relatively remote and working class. Cheap living costs but not a great location for active young people or families. Local medical care is particularly sub-class.


  4. "Ambitious but lack independent"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Leicester, England
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Leicester, England
    Recommends

    I worked at University of Leicester (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Ambitious department. Opportunities to work on high profile projects and gain good publications.

    Cons

    Department was ran like a dictatorship, with micro management and a lack of responsibility / autonomy given to experienced members of staff. Reliance on approval from the head of department slowed down rate of progress.


  5. "Researcher"

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    Former Employee - Researcher and Web Developer in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - Researcher and Web Developer in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Leicester (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly and professional staff. Excellent scientific environment.

    Cons

    None, except awkward PC/desktop policy.


  6. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Research Assistant

    I worked at University of Leicester full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent inter department atmosphere
    Access to a wide range of career support.
    Willingness of senior staff to push me to apply previous experience & skill-sets that I'd brought to the job

    Cons

    The office space was often rather cramped
    Thieves target the bike storage areas

    University of Leicester Response

    3 Oct 2016 – Recruitment Partner

    Our 2016 Staff Survey found that 94% of people working at the university agree with the statement,'I feel safe and secure in my working environment'.


  7. "A potential centre for excellence for research (various)!"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Leicester, England
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Leicester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Going back up the rankings for research
    - Senior researchers need more support in trying to advertise and obtain more funding.

    Cons

    - Focus on teaching, but have to treat students as customers i.e. they are never wrong. Can be a little more selective and ask more of the students - they are capable.

    Advice to Management

    HR, IT management, purchasing can be vastly simplified and streamlined. At a time when research funding is squeezed, researchers must be able to get the most out of their grants, not having to buy a computer at twice the price through the IT dept for example.

    University of Leicester Response

    12 Aug 2016 – Recruitment Partner

    Your comments are duly noted. Speaking on behalf of HR I can confirm that we are continually reviewing our processes with the aim of improving efficiency and service quality for a range of users.

  8. "Lab demonstrator"

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    Former Employee - Researcher in Leicester, England
    Former Employee - Researcher in Leicester, England
    Recommends

    Pros

    prompt payment, high hourly pay rates

    Cons

    system of payment a bit cumbersome but eventually you get your money


  9. "A great, caring place to work."

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    Current Employee - Research Study Administrator
    Current Employee - Research Study Administrator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Strong work/life balance, caring employer offering lots of support.
    Calm and appealing campus next to large park.
    Department specific but no agressive managment/leads.

    Cons

    Admin Role specific but can be repetitive and mundane with little variety.


  10. "Very supportive and friendly atmosphere. Well structured and fluid workload with scope."

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    Current Employee - Research Administrator in Leicester, England
    Current Employee - Research Administrator in Leicester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours - I am often able to fit a 7 hour day between the hours of 7am and 9pm which is good for when I have other commitments. Self structured working allowing me to use variation when a particular area of work gets tedious or boring. If I need something all I have to do is ask (stationary, advice, contact info, training etc...). My particular field of work allows me to advance my knowledge through low level research posters and attendance at relevant conferences and meetings. Although not specified in the job description it certainly helps expand my knowledge and understanding!

    Cons

    Certain areas of work are tedious and boring but often need doing to meet deadlines and data submissions. Flexibility is based upon what workload is needed/not needed at the time. Career opportunities aren't often available and are often unclear. Pay is pretty low compared to others my age (26) and the pay scale increments only come around once a year AND you hit a 'ceiling' after 5 years.