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University of St. Andrews Reviews

Updated 16 June 2017
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  1. "Research contract"

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    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Saint Andrews, Scotland
    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Saint Andrews, Scotland
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing environment, good boss and nice life style

    Cons

    Remote location, high rent and no proper accesibility


  2. "Best training around"

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    Current Employee - Trainee Chef in Saint Andrews, Scotland
    Current Employee - Trainee Chef in Saint Andrews, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good holidays, great pay, one of the best jobs going lots of training given, uniform provided

    Cons

    I don't think there are many cons for this job I would recommend this job to anyone


  3. "Nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Andrews, Scotland
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Andrews, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of St. Andrews full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice benefits
    Flexible work
    Collegiate environment
    Beautiful scenery
    Nice facilities
    Academically vibrant
    Relatively small institution so you get to interact with colleagues often

    Cons

    Management avoids dealing with problematic employees
    Lack of leadership or vision hampers employee initiative
    Morale in some schools can be low due to lack of leadership
    HR doesn't really offer much employee support
    Employees can feel like just numbers instead of resources worth investing on

    Advice to Management

    Re-think compensation and employee development within University ranks to retain good talent; Improve management training and skills to address negative behaviour in the work place to strengthen teams and Schools; perform regular workload reviews to ensure senior management have respite and sufficient support in carrying out their multiple duties.


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  5. "Review about the University of St Andrews"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Saint Andrews, Scotland
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Saint Andrews, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly environment
    Great services for the staff and students
    Beautiful location
    Well equipped labs and amazing facilities for everyone

    Cons

    St Andrews is very small which might not be great at the first glance but it is a lovely place and near to Dundee and Edinburgh

    Advice to Management

    Keep being the best


  6. "Lecturer"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of St. Andrews full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It is a very open minded university and my school in particular is not constrained by disciplinary boundaries; it endorses research and knowledge obtained from a variety of perspectives. The school supports the research of early career academics and gives a lot of opportunities for career development and growth. It is also very collegiate, friendly, and inclusive pace to work. I love it!

    Cons

    Sometimes the focus on teaching is a bit excessive even though the overall teaching load is relatively small. On the one hand, this gives results - St. Andrews is in the top 3 universities in all sorts of leagues. On the other hand, it eats up the time for research.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good work up! The atmosphere is great, and it is a very pleasant and productive place to work.


  7. "Happy experience so far"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Saint Andrews, Scotland
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Saint Andrews, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good environment, pension, subsidies access to gym. Town is expensive, but very nice. I work in Biology/Chemistry, it's a very supportive environment. St andrews is safe, everyone is very friendly and helpful. Salary is average for the UK, benefits are very good, good amount of holiday, sick leave and pension scheme is very good.

    Cons

    Far from airports and inconvenient to travel to/from since the train station is far from town. Living in St Andrews is extremely expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Push council for a train station in St Andrews, or have a shuttle bus to/from uni to station.


  8. "PhD student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Andrews, Scotland
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Andrews, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The university is in a very beautiful town which are next to the sea.The are many old people there who are very friendly. There are students from all over the world and therefore is a very international place.

    Cons

    The cost of living there may be a bit high. There is no train station in the town, the closest one is 10 min bus away. Unless you can drive, going out of town relies heavily on bus which may not be the most convenient situation.

    Advice to Management

    It will be nice if there is a train station in town. In addition, it will be nice if the cost of accommodation can be cheaper.


  9. "Best part-time research work."

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    Former Employee - Student Research Assistant in Saint Andrews, Scotland
    Former Employee - Student Research Assistant in Saint Andrews, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great pay for students, lots of flexibility.

    Cons

    Can't think of any, to be honest.


  10. "Great Place to Work"

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

    Pros

    Great People
    Everyone committed to good WLB

    Cons

    None come to mind right away


  11. "Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Physics"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Saint Andrews, Scotland
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Saint Andrews, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at University of St. Andrews full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great department to work in with excellent academics and a friendly work culture. The university is in a good location for those who enjoy their outdoor pursuits and the work/life balance seems pretty good by academic standards.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement within the university (common to academia) and there is very little relevant employment in the surrounding area. As such, it is pretty difficult to settle in the area.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in staff development and work with early career researchers tot establish opportunities for those who may wish to continue living and working in St Andrews.


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