University of St. Andrews Reviews

Updated 2 Jun 2020

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University of St. Andrews Chief Executive Officer Sally Mapstone
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  1. "Great University"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Dundee, Scotland

    I have been working at University of St. Andrews full-time

    Pros

    All of which you could imagine

    Cons

    School of Chemistry does not have it's own canteen/cafe.

  2. "phd student research"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Student in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of St. Andrews full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good university, good school, good professor

    Cons

    student accomodation too expensive compared to other university

  3. "Pleasant environment, but very cliquey"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Library Assistant in Saint Andrews, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of St. Andrews part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    easygoing, encouraging, relaxed, enjoyable, friendly environment

    Cons

    Cliquey workforce, Judgemental, 'I know better than you'

  4. "Excellent Uni"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of St. Andrews full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great students and amazing facilities. A super, happy place to work. Love it.

    Cons

    None worth mentioning unless you don't like tradition.

  5. "Nice working environment, flexible hours"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Saint Andrews, Scotland
    Recommends
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of St. Andrews full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Nice working environment, flexible hours

    Cons

    Lack of career progress opportunity

  6. "Excellent place to work"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at University of St. Andrews full-time

    Pros

    - People great - Location beautiful - Support - Students

    Cons

    - Distance - Housing is very expensive

  7. Helpful (3)

    "Elitist, Nepotistic, Racist."

    1.0
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    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of St. Andrews

    Pros

    If you are one of the elite, or married to one of the elite, the University WILL protect you no matter what the allegations.

    Cons

    There are unbelievable levels of racist, ageist and sexist bullying and harassment and sexual harassment in this organisation. The University blatantly treats white people and minority ethnic people differently: my complaints about a minority ethnic colleague where believed without question or further investigation; but when I complained about a racist, ageist, sexist white colleague I was not believed, and because the white colleague/bully was married to a professor, the University made counter-allegations against me. - The University/HR will NEVER find or admit that there has been any kind of discrimination i.e racism, ageism or sexism. - This is because if a finding of discriminatory behaviour is upheld, the HR department need to keep a record of this and will need to disclose it if a member of the public submits a freedom of information request. Similarly, if a commercial company wants to engage the University for work/ research (and give it money) or if a public research funder (like UKRI or WHO) want the University to do any kind of research (and again, give it money), those funders ask questions about discrimination in the organisation and it is always a condition of funding that the University have in place policies that combat bullying, harassment and discrimination. - There are therefore huge reputational issues for the University if there is a finding of discrimination, on any grounds but in particular, race. This is easily dealt with by financial settlements and agreements that usually include wording that “there is no admission of liability” and which agreements must be confidential by both parties; these agreements basically silence people with “hush money”. My advice to anyone being bullied at work, is to seek help from a lawyer, trade union - anyone independent from the University. In certain areas of this University, loyalty trumps integrity, so management in the department may be questionable. Also DO NOT trust HR, they only care about protecting the University’s reputation.

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  8. "Research Assistant"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Research Assistant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of St. Andrews part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Face time with senior academics.

    Cons

    Limited progression towards more senior roles.

  9. "Fair place to work"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Cleaner in Saint Andrews, Scotland

    I have been working at University of St. Andrews part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible, understanding, good pay & holidays

    Cons

    Too much human resources, bogged down by paperwork

  10. "Responsible"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Cleaner 

    I worked at University of St. Andrews full-time

    Pros

    Great place Lots of socialising Chance for promotion

    Cons

    None that I can recall

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