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University of Manchester Student Reviews

Updated 14 November 2017
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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. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Student in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - 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

    -nightlife is really good, lots of pubs / bars/clubs
    -graduate opportunities, great undergrad careers department
    -fun, lots of things to do
    -cheap accomodation

    Cons

    -too short
    -fallowfield is dangerous, lots of break ins and muggings. Just have to be careful or live in nicer Didsbury area

    Advice to Management

    Keep going!


  2. "UoM Ambassadors"

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    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Manchester part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and training are provided for all existing students at the University. The people who I work with are always motivated and interesting.

    Cons

    Can be confusing sometimes on some open days and it is difficult to guide many people through campus tours by yourself in case the other team mate does not show up.

    Advice to Management

    It should continue to do what they are currently doing. There is nothing else to say other than more training perhaps for the students.


  3. "Plent of Opportunities"

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    Current Intern - PhD Student in Manchester, England
    Current Intern - PhD Student in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Manchester as an intern (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Promote professional development
    Friendly
    Diverse
    Plenty of opportunities

    Cons

    There could be more collaboration between faculties.


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  5. "Nice environment"

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

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

    Pros

    A lot of expertise in various subjects. Ideal for multidisciplinary research.

    Cons

    Administrative tasks can take a bit of time before they are sorted out.


  6. "Chemistry PhD"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Manchester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great well equipped facilities, friendly work-mates, plenty of support with the research, the opportunity of work placements in industry, the chance to attend conferences and a fun working environment.

    Cons

    Stressful at times with a lot of pressure placed on getting results quickly, also often thrown in at the deep end and working mostly independently which can be disheartening when the project is unsuccessful.

    Advice to Management

    Try to create a more balanced work-place with a good work-life balance encouraged and to not place too much pressure on students to meet unreasonable targets which could detract from their overall mental well-being.


  7. "student"

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    Current Employee - Student in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Student in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    very great facilities
    the university is doing a lot for you (provide support, organize events )
    we can choose a lot of courses

    Cons

    the lectures can be boring
    some exams account for 100%
    no personal relation with the lecturers


  8. "Progression of PhD"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good, fun and motivated vibe. i really enjoy doing research in this university.

    Cons

    not that bad. i can't think of any disadvantage


  9. "Great part-time perks for students"

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    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in Manchester, England

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

    Pros

    The university has great part-time opportunities for current students that fit around your schedule. You can choose from a variety of work such as tour leading, mentoring, packaging and posting, or managing the reception. You could also try out the Students' union roles such as bartending. Overall there are plenty of opportunities and you will get by just fine provided you are willing.

    An additional benefit of choosing the student ambassador work is that the community is quite friendly. Imagine a group of 500 students working together to set up and run an open day, everyone is as energetic as you and you have good fun.

    Cons

    The only down-side of working in this role is that you may not get work all the time. Unlike other part-time jobs where you can set out certain time of the day to work, the student ambassador work is highly varied. One has to apply to each opportunity individually, and there is no guarantee that you will get it. Although, I have been able to get work more often than not.


  10. "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.


  11. "PhD Student in Chemistry"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good availability of resources, lots of events for employability, if you play well your cards you can make a lot of contacts that can help you when you finish your PhD.

    Cons

    School administration and HR are a big mess. Some initiatives are there just to show up but are not actually working.

    Advice to Management

    You know the things that are broken, just fix them.