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University of West London Reviews

Updated 24 March 2019
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Positive, dynamic environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of West London part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fabulous Students and focus on CPD

    Cons

    Satisfaction will depend on who your line manager is, as with any job


  2. "Below average work conditions"

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    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Ealing, England
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Ealing, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relatively good department and helpful colleagues

    Cons

    Infrastructure, incl IT, rather poor. Hardware ancient. Bizarre restrictions on flexible work/work from home, esp for academic stuff, and compared to just about any other HEI.

    Advice to Management

    Liberalise your flexible working policy, and rejoin 21 c of employment.

  3. "Pockets of excellence surrounded in a sea of mediocrity"

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

    I worked at University of West London full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive salaries
    Some genuine talented/hardworking staff keeping this business afloat
    Opportunities for staff to take courses
    Modern main campus environment

    Cons

    Outdated, close-minded IT
    Lecturing concerns listened to, but not acted on
    Emphasis on the political as opposed to empirical
    Management fearful of change opportunity / risk-averse
    Quick fix culture
    Little evidence of accountability, incompetence is tolerated
    High-turnover of talented staff
    Low morale especially towards management

    Advice to Management

    Be a student for a week, be a lecturer for a week


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Infantilising academics"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of West London full-time

    Pros

    Great salaries
    30 days annual leave

    Cons

    Extremely heavy workloads
    Research only happens on your free/family time
    Bullying-type (senior management): dictatorial and rollercoaster approach
    Outdated and close-minded IT

    Advice to Management

    Academics and middle management post holders should be treated like adults. Participatory approaches are very much aligned with our days in the 21st century


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Dreadful atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Senior Lecturer
    Former Employee - Senior Lecturer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Teaching and helping students on a one to one basis.

    Cons

    Absolutely appalling working environment, with continual threat of redundancies, bullying and ever increasing workload. I worked there for seven years and moral went downhill all the way. Like any job it depends on your colleagues and line manager. Some of the time was great, but the last five years were dire. Needs a change of VC, as this sort of thing starts at the top. Pressure to take students to fill bums on seats and then a climate of blame if they dont succeed. Constant reminders of economic problems and how it was tettering on the brink did nothing to improve morale.

    Advice to Management

    Change VC.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Fine people, deaf Exec."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of West London full-time

    Pros

    Excellent workmates, both academic and technical, brilliant student body and Students Union, busy and very vibey with the Theate and Music performance programmes. Great facilities.

    Cons

    Uni exec doesn’t appreciate its staff, turnover of good people is high, academic staff hamstrung by paperwork and shrinking budgets.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to people who aren’t paid to give you good news, listen to the academic and technical staff and hear what they have to say about the student experience.


  7. "No progression"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    easy, customer facing, flexible hours

    Cons

    unstable hours, boring, repetitious chores, minimal job satisfaction

  8. "Accounts clerk"

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    Former Employee - Accounts Clerk in London, England
    Former Employee - Accounts Clerk in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of West London full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is a safe environment, with regular work. The work involves significant responsibility, and the opportunity to deal with students, staff and other departments of the university. It can be fast-paced at times and slow at other times. The job offers security and a regular income, depending on the terms of employment.

    Cons

    The work and environment can be somewhat monotonous. Your role at work will be constrained and there may be only restricted opportunities for personal initiative. However the experience gained can be very useful.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Archaic views and no staff training"

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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 West London full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people who work there
    Nice campus to work at
    Able to undertake degree (if approved)
    35 hour working week

    Cons

    Very political place to work
    Underpaid for the work undertaken
    No staff training
    No flexi time

    Advice to Management

    Pay accordingly to role responsibilities.
    Listen to staff feedback


  10. "The Backbone of UWL"

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    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in London, England
    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of West London part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's a wonderful job to have on campus. it allows student to make new friends while still building their skills and opening the doors for different industries based upon the jobs we choose and our interest. Also a wonderful time to share our experiences with others.

    Cons

    Based upon research we have done, we are amongst the lowest paid ambassadors in London. with the amount of work and dedication student ambassadors give, it is expected that students would be compensated properly. but if feels as if we are being exploited. I don't think that the university appreciates the work we do. and as students living in London, may of us are only trying to survive the prices while also trying to experience what London has to offer with limited finances.

    Advice to Management

    Pay Student Ambassadors their dues, and productivity will increase even more. if students feel as if they are appreciated it will only reflect back on the institution itself.