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University of Strathclyde Reviews

Updated 22 November 2017
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University of Strathclyde Principal Jim McDonald
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  • Senior managers more interested in empire building instead of collaboration (in 2 reviews)

  • Feels at times as though academic staff are micro-managed (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at University of Strathclyde full-time

    Pros

    People, variety, students, location, hours

    Cons

    Resources, staffing, busy times not always staffed fully

    Advice to Management

    more resources


  2. "Great place overall"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment with friendly people.

    Cons

    The finance system is confusing and ineffective.


  3. "Great place to do a PhD"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    I undertook a PhD within the Chemical Engineering department and the support they offer is excellent. I knew I could go to my supervisor with any problems whether they were academic or otherwise.

    Cons

    The only downside is that the building is not well ventilated and the rooms are either stuffy or freezing.


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  5. "Research Assistant position"

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

    Pros

    Very good environment
    Support from the staff

    Cons

    Processing time for requests


  6. "Working as a PhD student in Electrical Engineering"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Strathclyde (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People are friendly and good environment for research.

    Cons

    Weather in Scotland is the least attractive.


  7. "Lots of potential"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Home to some motivated and extremely inspiring supervisors. Fantastic opportunities for research - however, very difficult to carry it through without funding, which is not easy to go by.

    Cons

    Simple tasks such a booking rooms for research and teaching purposes are extremely difficult and very poorly coordinated. Considering the wealth of campuses and the amount of admin teams at Strathclyde, this should not be the case. This also applies to financial management - recurrent mistakes in processing pay claims, and a finance team who are very dismissive of your issues, with little interest in resolution. Furthermore, casual work is very poorly coordinated and the rate of pay is hardly desirable. Wouldn’t be the first time I’ve showed up for some work and it’s been given to another colleague.

    Advice to Management

    Think less about the head of departments and their massive offices and more about the employees contributing high class teaching and research. Money should be more evenly distributed in simple things like casual work, rather than massive budgets being allocated to the most meaningless and trivial areas.


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    "PhD Student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Strathclyde full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly environment, nice facilities

    Cons

    Lack of training and funding opportunities

    Advice to Management

    training opportunities and collaboration with industry need improvement


  9. "Ambitious and encouraging environment"

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

    I have been working at University of Strathclyde full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Strong organisational culture, which reflects the idea of a 'Place of Useful Learning'
    Support for people to progress
    A sense of a university that is ambitious and aspiring to be world class

    Cons

    Sometimes overly bureaucratic
    Feels at times as though academic staff are micro-managed
    A punitive performance management and target setting environment

    Advice to Management

    It would be good to have less micro-management and target setting.


  10. "Great initiative"

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    Current Employee - President in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - President in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Strathclyde (More than a year)

    Pros

    We had a dedicated and really friendly team.

    Cons

    This initiative is only for volunteering.


  11. "Graduate teaching assistant- Biomedical Engineering"

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    Former Employee - PhD Student in Glasgow, Scotland
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Strathclyde part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great network of support, friendly staff and students

    Cons

    Not enough work to do!


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