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Updated 22 January 2019
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Pros
  • "Staff are welcoming and supportive, diversity is encouraged and flexible working patterns supported" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Good working with students, helping them to achieve their best" (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "If students did not attend lectures, without basic knowledge sessions could be ineffective" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "PAL leader"

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

    I have been working at University of the West of England part-time

    Pros

    Great Flexibility of hours, content covered is up to you

    Cons

    The preparation of each weekly session


  2. "research staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of the West of England part-time

    Pros

    Good and friendly environment in general

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for progression

    University of the West of England Response

    22 Jan 2019 – Resourcing Manager

    Thanks for posting your comment. Please keep looking at our website for other opportunities in research and elsewhere in the university. Research posts in particular are tied to funding.

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    "Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great Campus and close to new build development housing that provided a short walk to and from the campus. Modern and new facilities.

    Cons

    Salary was lower than expected.


  4. "Real community feeling."

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    Current Employee - Operations Team Manager in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Operations Team Manager in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    UWE is made up of 3,500 staff and 27,000 students, so you are not just working in a company - you are working in a whole community! A community that is full of opportunity, creativity and enthusiasm - and that is what makes it a great place to work.

    Staff are welcoming and supportive, diversity is encouraged and flexible working patterns supported.

    Work/life balance is actively encouraged and the benefits (particularly pension) are excellent.

    Cons

    It can take some time to reach decisions given the size and diversity of the university, however the Leadership Team are committed to moving forward with a relevant offering for our students in order to equip them for the world of work.

    Advice to Management

    Students are core to what we are about, but let's remember that we also need to promote the fantastic employment opportunities available here at UWE!

    University of the West of England Response

    22 Jan 2019 – Resourcing Manager

    Thanks for taking the time to write this review. Please make sure that you tell your friends about the opportunities in support services here at UWE - as sometimes people think that universities only... More


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    "Lovely place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of the West of England full-time

    Pros

    Lovely Staff. Great facilities

    Cons

    Not much to be said really.

    University of the West of England Response

    8 Oct 2018 – Resourcing Manager

    Thanks for your feedback and all the best in your future endeavours!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Slow moving, but resilient"

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    Current Employee - AHoD in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - AHoD in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Consultative, staff get to express views

    Cons

    Very slow, pace of change can be glacial

    University of the West of England Response

    10 Sep 2018 – Resourcing Manager

    Yes, you are right, it can take a while to get some things changed!


  7. "Great people, Great place"

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

    I have been working at University of the West of England full-time

    Pros

    Real sense of community where people are valued as an asset. Great focus on students first. Good reward and recognition. Organisation on the move.

    Cons

    Some people have old fashioned ideas about HE.

    University of the West of England Response

    10 Sep 2018 – Resourcing Manager

    Thanks so much for taking the time to post this review - excellent to hear.

  8. "Current Student"

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    Current Employee - Student in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Student in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great resources, good teachers, nice studio spaces, well structured modules.

    Cons

    Bower Ashton campus is out of the way
    course materials are expensive

    Advice to Management

    Work out how to cut down course materials costs

    University of the West of England Response

    10 Sep 2018 – Resourcing Manager

    You are right, course materials are expensive at times. The Students Union are part of the 'Hidden Costs' campaign as a result - and UWE has introduced a free printing pilot until next year after... More


  9. "A satisfactory environment with good colleagues but poor admin support and churn"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England

    I worked at University of the West of England part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice locations and campuses, with interesting colleagues

    Cons

    Admin unification has led to some great challenges in getting things done. Also the amount of employee churn is significant.

    University of the West of England Response

    10 Sep 2018 – Resourcing Manager

    Thanks for posting. Just to clarify, employee turnover is 7% against a national HE average of 8.5%


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    "Student Ambassador"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England

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

    Pros

    Supportive and able to easily work with.

    Cons

    Do not have any downsides

    University of the West of England Response

    12 Jul 2018 – Resourcing Manager

    Thanks for feeding back. We are currently recruiting for Student Ambassadors for next academic year so make sure you are involved!