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University of Leicester Researcher Reviews

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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 (in 8 reviews)

  • As a student ambassador - Good pay, nice colleagues and bosses, surprisingly fun job (in 6 reviews)

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

  • Lack of job stability - hard to get job made permanent due to nature of work (in 2 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

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  2. "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.


  3. "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.


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  5. "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'.


  6. "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.


  7. "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


  8. "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.


  9. "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.


  10. "Research assistant"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Leicester, England
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Leicester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great team spirit
    Flexible working
    Good progression of career and development offered
    Good collaborative spirit for researchers in field
    Very competitive with other universities
    Constantly making top 20 of Times higer education lists

    Cons

    In academia hours can be long
    Work life balance has to maintained by yourself
    You need to be self motivated to get the work done
    University sites are spread across city from hospital to main campus. - not always a problem or con but something to consider
    Parking permits are like gold dust at hospital sites, so if you live close public transport or hospital hopper may be the mode of transport


  11. "Enjoyed it all up to now!"

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

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

    Pros

    Pretty flexible with hours, they have a great staff development scheme and loads of help/services for keeping calm, counselling, advice etc. Discount off the gym if you join the salary sacrifice scheme. Friendly staff, they're very understandable when it comes to those annoying life situations like having to be home for an inspection/plumber/work of some kind. Very supportive of being healthy mentally and physically, if you're stressed they also do staff yoga etc as well as the counselling service.

    Cons

    Food isnt great and is pricey and there could be more places to sit to eat and vending machines for food. Fixed contracts rather than permanent positions however this is usually down to funding bodies in my case.