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University of Roehampton Reviews

Updated 8 September 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, disorganized institution."

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    Former Employee - Assistant in London, England
    Former Employee - Assistant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone at Roehampton is very kind. Students, faculty, and staff are all quite lovely to interact with. I truly enjoyed spending time with co-workers. The campus is also beautiful.

    Cons

    The University in general is incredibly disorganized. This is at every level. As both a student and employee, this could be incredibly frustrating. If you are used to the standards of American universities, you will be somewhat disappointed here.

    Advice to Management

    There may need to be a total overhaul of university processes to address issues of inefficiency.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Corrupt bullying management - some great colleagues"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Roehampton part-time

    Pros

    -Some great colleagues
    -Some freedom at some positions

    Cons

    -Culture of bullying at all management levels, starting at the highest levels
    -Nepotism at the highest levels; jobs given to friends without job interviews; internal funds given to friends; divide and conquer strategy by management
    -Utterly unprofessional management
    -Structurally 100s of hours over workload due to inaccurate workload calculation system; management does not listen to overworked employees
    -Discrimination of physically and mentally ill staff, who get bullied until they kill themselves or leave (fact!)
    -Women do not get equal research and promotion opportunities
    -Deliberate attacking of vulnerable staff; large staff turnover and suicide attempts by staff
    -Cases of sexual abuse are ignored and a rapist got promoted
    -Everything seems to be about money, not about education or research; all university strategy is about money, not about love for research or teaching
    -No appreciation of the commitment by employees
    -Corrupt HR
    -Clear alcohol misuse during daytime at campus by some higher management
    -Large-scale construction of new buildings without mandate of full senate; doubts about the independent relationship between management and construction companies
    -Large-scale redundancies explained as re-organisation
    -Highest management gave themselves a large salary raise in times of large redundancies
    -Unsafe buildings due to bad Health & Safety dept (eg no fire alarm tests)
    -Managers do not follow the own internal procedures
    -Criticism of management is dealt with by threatening or actually firing staff; annually, the university pays hundreds of thousands in gagging orders to staff

    Advice to Management

    -Replace the highest levels of management and all heads of schools


  3. "Good holiday"

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    Former Employee - H R Administrator in Roehampton, England
    Former Employee - H R Administrator in Roehampton, England

    Pros

    25 days holiday plus 3-4 days Xmas closure

    Cons

    So many processes that are over complicated and very bureaucratic


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good people badly organised"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Roehampton full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working and good leave. There are also some very good facilities on campus. Theres lots of greenery on campus and being able to take a walk at any point is a godsend.

    Cons

    Management seem more intent on politics and empire building than ensuring the day to day running or the organisation. There also seems to be very little foresight into some very impactful decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to the service and stop spending two thirds of your time down at the pub. When the organisation views the directors as joke who are not interested it doesnt breed good working relationships.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Non-appreciation of staff, disorganised, chaotic environment!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Lecturer in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Lecturer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice location, lovely cafe, some great staff to work with. I like walking around the pond when I am not teaching.

    Cons

    They don't know the difference between Teaching fellow and a lecturer. Lack of support for new staff to be involved in research activities. If you work 100s of hours over your workload, the managers doesn't even mention it, no simple thank you. However if you are 50 hours under your workload, expect the attack directly. Bullying of staff is common. The students, sadly, have no interest in learning. They just want to get a degree. Students are allowed to bully lecturers too. It is probably the worst university I worked.

    Advice to Management

    Value your staff, show some appreciation. Do not let students bully your staff, support them. Be more organised, you are attacking your staff without even knowing what modules they teach. The way you speak to your staff is also unacceptable. No wonder so many people are leaving.


  7. "Overworked. Workload is over the limit."

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    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus and good collegial environment. Good refectory and Caffè.

    Cons

    Hardly any time for anything apart of teaching. Stressful and hectic environment.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the workload of staff. This will release some of the work they do for other important tasks.


  8. "Soul destroying"

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    Former Employee - Events & Conferencing
    Former Employee - Events & Conferencing
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Ummmmm....???
    NONE!!!
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    Cons

    Low staff moral
    Demoralising
    Micro management
    Critical, not supportive
    Depressing work environment
    Patronising
    Condescending
    Racists against other cultures
    Behind the times - IT etc.
    Just AWFUL.

    Advice to Management

    Leave. Now.


  9. "Refreshing and positive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Roehampton full-time

    Pros

    On arriving at the University, I have had nothing but warm welcomes from all members of staff and students.
    The community vibe is outstanding, coming from a job in a much more difficult and negative culture, the atmosphere, enthusiasm and environment at Roehampton is contagious.
    While the positive culture comes from the very top of the chain, it is ingrained in each member of staff, who all want the best for the University and who work together in a tight-knit community.

    I look forward to continuing my time here.

    Cons

    I don't like the geese!


  10. "Research Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    Pros

    Very friendly and supportive working environment.

    Cons

    Short-term post so limited in terms of next steps.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  11. "Great University"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I really enjoy working in Roehampton University. I like my team a lot, my managers are always open to new ideas and suggestions and the campus is one of the best ones in London!

    Cons

    None that comes to mind.


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