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University of the West of England Reviews

Updated 2 October 2018
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Pros
  • "Flexible working and good rate of pay" (in 6 reviews)

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

Cons
  • "Very little opportunity for career progression in the team I worked as it wasn't student facing" (in 2 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great people, Great place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    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.


  2. "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!

  3. 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!


  4. "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


  5. "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%


  6. Helpful (1)

    "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!


  7. "Enterprise Studio Casual Worker"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I got to work on exciting new project that took knowledge I had during my degree and put it into practice.

    Cons

    Head of Facility's and HR system made it very difficult to get contracts to work on project on a full time basis which is required in making a large scale project successful

  8. "Student ambassador"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexible and good job to have whilst doing degree

    Cons

    Nature of work can be unpredictable

    University of the West of England Response

    19 Jun 2018 – Resourcing Manager

    Glad that you took the opportunity to gain some experience whilst completing your degree - hopefully this will be valuable to you in your search for suitable employment in your chosen career. Don't... More


  9. "Impressive pay"

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    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in Bristol, England

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

    Pros

    The tasks aren’t difficult as long as you’re good commutator. The rate tech pay is impressive given the work you do.

    Cons

    Sometimes it can be boring when it goes quiet, for example towards the end of open days. Another thing is most of the jobs are round when you’re busy, during exam period etc

    University of the West of England Response

    12 Jul 2018 – Resourcing Manager

    Hopefully the experience will be helpful when it comes to gaining full time employment. Good luck with the exam results.


  10. "Great work/life balance"

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    Current Employee - Research Officer
    Current Employee - Research Officer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working arrangements
    Very supportive managers
    Very understanding during a difficult time personally
    Supportive of professional development in terms of training

    Cons

    Should have had job re-graded a long time ago but bureaucracy is making this difficult
    Can be annoying/worrying having short contract terms (despite being 'permanent' staff) and having to regularly renegotiate terms

    Advice to Management

    Be more supportive of staff moving up a grade and reward their professional development with a clearer promotion structure

    University of the West of England Response

    12 Jul 2018 – Resourcing Manager

    Unfortunately that is sometimes the nature of research work, particularly if it is tied to a bid where funding is provided. Hopefully you can transfer your skills to other projects. Excellent point... More


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