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University of Westminster Reviews

Updated 28 September 2017
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University of Westminster Vice-Chancellor Geoff Petts
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance and lots of benefits (in 4 reviews)

  • central london location, open to innovative and unusual research, some interesting programmes (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • no cons, tired of city Tashkent, missed States (in 5 reviews)

  • Communication from senior management is bad (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Student Helper"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Westminster part-time

    Pros

    Good student salary, great coworkers, flexible hours

    Cons

    Some uncertainty due to undergoing changes


  2. "IT officer"

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    Former Employee - IT Officer in London, England
    Former Employee - IT Officer in London, England
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Westminster (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Dynamic environment
    Variety of CPD courses

    Cons

    Unskilled Management
    No Benefits
    Blame Culture


  3. "Senior lecturer"

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

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

    Pros

    Good locations in central London
    Friendly staff

    Cons

    Poor senior management in the University, The VC produces a strategy every five years and it is never achieved, The PVCs have poor operations knowledge and can't seem to resolve fundamental issues - such as the estate, timetabling etc.

    Advice to Management

    The senior management group within the University needs to take a long hard look at their performance (ok, lack of performance over the last 10 years).


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  5. "student job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Westminster part-time

    Pros

    good management, good salary especially for students

    Cons

    can be tricky to work with certain people


  6. "IT support in higher education"

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    Current Employee - IT & AV Support Analyst in London, England
    Current Employee - IT & AV Support Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Westminster full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    friendly relaxed environment within your own teams & great holiday package: 35 days + bank holidays.

    Cons

    lack of organisation at senior management level due to over ambitious ideas being approved without being checked or tested for practicality and contingencies.

    Advice to Management

    build a stronger relationship and understanding of how people on the ground operate and let them help you by contributing their ideas to solve management issues.


  7. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Westminster full-time

    Pros

    1. Very International staff
    2.Strong and highly qualified academic staff
    3. Perfect location

    Cons

    1. Problems with student management
    2.Assignments are not always clear
    3. Delays in assessments

    Advice to Management

    Work on a better senior management!


  8. "Good opportunities to work as a student"

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    Former Employee - IT ASSISTANT in London, England
    Former Employee - IT ASSISTANT in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Westminster part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I worked at the university part-time while also completing my course there. I truly believe it's a great initiative that lets you work flexible hours with a guaranteed minimum of the London Living Wage, which as a student is far better than what you might get elsewhere. Job titles are varied and not limited to just one or two sectors - you can work in admin, IT, or any number of fields related to your interests or ideally your course. Management are understanding of your commitments and always work with you to find a solution if you can't make it for a shift.

    Most colleagues are very nice and interesting to talk to, and I plan to keep in touch with a number of them now my contract has finished. A great multicultural mix of people that fits an educational institution well.

    Nice campuses and not terribly busy outside of peak times when student demands for services are high.

    Cons

    Job security has recently gone down across the uni. As a temp I was not personally affected as I was scheduled to leave soon anyway, but in the last few months of my contract everything seemed to be pushed aside because of this problem. I was hoping to get more job-specific training, but instead it was the student temps accumulating more and more of the existing tasks - but with the same hourly salary that was low compared to what the full time staff have. The atmosphere at work also took a hit in the past few months due to all the staff being stressed out and it's a shame.

    My contract was terminated as soon as I completed my course, which I had originally not been told assuming it would run a full calendar (not academic) year from the start date. This created a lot of stress about finding a graduate or even just another temporary position at a short notice. I would have appreciated transparency about this from the start.

    I feel the salary could reflect the amount of work required a bit more, especially at peak times when you have to juggle so many competing priorities. Or at least a discount in the canteen on campus, as it was a bit expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge how hard some people work in the individual offices and that they need reassurance and job security, not being made to feel like upper management's failings are being taken out on them through unpopular changes. The uni is still a good institution, but if you keep pushing people will get fed up.


  9. "Talent Bank Student Jobs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Definitely better than other average part-time jobs for students

    Cons

    Many jobs (such as student hall assistant) will not provide you with the skills for a normal working environment because you will mostly be working alone.


  10. "Working at the University"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Flexible working
    - Staff learning and development

    Cons

    - Bureaucracy
    - No promotion scheme


  11. "Student Ambassador"

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    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in London, England
    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in London, England
    Recommends

    I worked at University of Westminster (More than a year)

    Pros

    Easy work, Clear coordination and ideal part time for a student pursuing degree in the university.

    Cons

    No cons. But at time, partially may occur.

    Advice to Management

    Good work. keep it up


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