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University of Manchester PhD Researcher Reviews

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  • No cons to share, was a very pleasant work environment (in 5 reviews)

  • Some of the Principal Investigators do not spend as much time with their PhD students as they perhaps should (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "wokring at manchester"

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    Current Employee - PhD Research Student in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - PhD Research Student in Manchester, England

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    great city, great place. Lots of opportunities to travel in my PhD ranging from China to many places in the USA. Great research projects at a world leading university.

    Cons

    Academia can be slow and a little tedious. Be prepared to do a lot of isolated research, everyone is too busy with their own research and you can feel a little alone sometimes.. although to counter this they usually have a lot of group meetings.

    Advice to Management

    I believe the PHD programs are very good and will set me up with the skills i need to get a good job. I say just continue doing what you are doing.


  2. "top university with top staff"

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    Current Employee - Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher - PhD Student in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher - PhD Student in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Manchester is a big university with a lot of staff from around a world. Location of the campus is very good, access to city center and many other places relatively easy. Good place to live.

    Cons

    Food options in university cafeterias are very small, and relatively expensive. However, other food shops are very close to Uni buildings.

    Advice to Management

    To improve service of foodOncampus. Offer more career events for graduate students.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Racist and non responsive staff and academics"

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    Former Employee - PhD Researcher in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - PhD Researcher in Manchester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Considered high ranking though the quality of education and research is sub standard.

    Cons

    Bad quality of research and racist academic and support staff makes it a difficult place to work for a foreign researcher.

    Advice to Management

    Give better training for staff to treat people properly. Try training academic staff to not add forged results to adaemic publications


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    "Not a great place for an international PhD student"

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    Former Employee - PhD Researcher
    Former Employee - PhD Researcher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good library and is located in a beautiful city. Easy to get a PhD admission if you are willing to pay for it.

    Cons

    Considers PhD students as source of income and are not well funded except in rare cases.

    PhD's are supposed to be independent work with minimal supervision, however, many supervisors dictate what his/her student should do. Supervisors mis-directs the students and in the case of a mistake, blames it on the PhD student, the colleagues of senior academics ensure it made to look like it is the PhD students mistake. This takes a toll on his/her metal health and academic career. Occasionally, the senior academics, strangely, even makes gives out wrong information of basic sciences to students, even during viva, though the all the standard textbooks says the opposite.

    There are PhD candidates who frequently change their supervisors, some of them are failed and again passed, so as show of power of a few academics.

     It is also very difficult to get teaching hours as a teaching assistant, in most cases the annual amount you get is only equivalent to you 1 month of your expense in Manchester. The University is maintaining a very bad reputation among international students, as the curriculum and quality is not upto the mark of the their undergraduate education in their home countries.

    Because of these factors,

    Advice to Management

    If you don't value and listen to your own students and young staff members, you loose out on valuable feedback which can improve the current state of affairs. Senior academics can be wrong,but when they defend, blame and threaten a student when a complaint is made, it ruins the life your own students. Please place a camera in lecture theaters, and even provide a downloadable copy of the lecture video through the Blackboard system, similar to the process done by world's top universities in Singapore. This can help student revise and at he same time, show the management, the level of quality of the education. A significant improvement of academic standards and evaluation knowledge base of current academics including senior academics, by an independent body is mandatory for the future of the University. Covering up facts only work for a few years, with a student strength of over 50,000, a lower quality education delivery is fatal for the University. A good, congenial atmosphere, with freedom to do research work in the way they want with minimal supervision is required for attracting good researchers. Go back to the history of the University and it will be evident that such a free environment led to major discoveries by people such as Alan Turing.