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Updated 21 September 2018
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  1. "Great Uni"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I worked at University of Roehampton (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This University is idyllic and the facilities are second to none.

    Cons

    It was an amazing experience in the whole and there is nothing to complain about.

    Advice to Management

    Please keep doing what you've been doing.


  2. "Slow and backwards - Afraid of change but want to tick boxes to look the part"

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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 full-time

    Pros

    My manager is second to none

    Cons

    The staff need vital training in all areas of life and working with others to enable positive change

    Advice to Management

    You have to spend and invest in growth in order to achieve it

  3. "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Roehampton full-time

    Pros

    Good people who care about the institution
    Strong academic culture
    Campus

    Cons

    Communication between academics and professional services not always what it could be

    Advice to Management

    Break down barriers between academics and professional services


  4. Helpful (1)

    "The real Roehampton University"

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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 full-time

    Pros

    It's got some nice people and I like the geese

    Cons

    It is utterly dysfunctional. Systems are appalling. Senior Management would be dangerous if they had a brain between them. Nepotism is rife. There is an endemic culture of bullying and harassment. Staff are seriously overworked. If you are lazy, arrogant and not very bright you can make your way to the top very quickly. The Vice-Chancellor pretends to care but really is more interested in hobnobbing with politicians than he is listening to the concerns of staff and students. Certain departments are in free-fall, particularly Human Resources, who simply do no function and there is a nasty culture of bullying and harassment in the department by one person in particular.

    Advice to Management

    Replace the senior management team when the new Vice Chancellor is appointed and let us hope they have some morals and the ability to really listening to staff and students. Invest in systems that are proven and tested. Invest in your staff, particularly those who work so hard and who you have exploited their good will and commitment for so long.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Beautiful campus."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Beautiful grounds close to Richmond Park.

    Cons

    Roehampton has a culture of bullying that comes from the central level. It seems to be driven by unrealistic Business Cases with no funding from the start of each project. Staff are overworked and underworked, and constantly undermined, undervalued and deeply demotivated staff by senior management. Poor leadership and no development opportunities whatsoever. A recent staff well-being survey has highlighted the endemic bullying culture and its effect on staff's physical and mental health.

    Campus facilities are getting destroyed by their own bad management. New builds are based on old fashion way of teaching rather than looking at the next learning generation.

    Advice to Management

    Finance is not only about money making or saving for your own interest, specially in education, is about investing in our next generation that will run this country.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Lovely university campus - shame about the work culture and environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roehampton, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roehampton, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Roehampton full-time

    Pros

    Met some friendly work colleagues.

    Cons

    Poor management from the top! No career development or progression opportunities. Leading to high turnover of staff. Also there is a culture of bullying as highlighted in recent staff surveys.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your staff. Provide training and guidance.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Avoid"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Nice campus, driven and talented academic staff.

    Cons

    Roehampton has a culture of bullying that comes from the central level. Policies are implemented in top-down ways by a handful of senior staff with hardly any academic background. Staff are overworked, due to a very unrealistic way of calculating workloads and to acute understaffing (turnover is very high and staff are not replaced) and constantly undermined by senior management. The university research strategy is appaling, with those in charge showing no understanding at all of academic research (unsurprisingly as those in charge of research have a poor research record or even no research record at all). A recent UCU survey has highlighted the endemic bullying culture and its effect on staff's physical and mental health.

    Advice to Management

    Just go and let qualified people run the place.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Positive experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Roehampton part-time

    Pros

    Small university, nice green campus

    Cons

    not the best career development


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Roehampton full-time

    Pros

    benefits, people, gounds, team, canteen

    Cons

    no room for development


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Just awful"

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    Former Employee - Academic in London, England
    Former Employee - Academic in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Roehampton full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A beautiful campus, that's it

    Cons

    Just about everything else. Roehampton has a toxic culture that starts with the senior management. Just about everything that they do is wrong. Serious bullying and lack of respect for all staff. A self-serving elite run this place. It is pure evil. Just resist even being tempted to go there - unless you're looking for a generous pay-out for being bullied - lots of those.

    Advice to Management

    Resign, now.


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