University of Southampton

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Great place to study but more training needed.

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Current Employee - PhD Student  in  Southampton, England (UK)
Current Employee - PhD Student in Southampton, England (UK)

Pros

Nice location
Nice people
Good academics
Good facilities

Cons

More training required & can be quite isolated

Advice to ManagementAdvice

A more detailed training plan for postgrad students

Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Other reviews for University of Southampton

  1.  

    PhD Student in Biological Sciences.

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    Former Employee - PhD Student  in  Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Southampton, England (UK)

    Pros

    Decent access to publications, new building/facilities, close knit department. Decent seminar programmes. A few big names in the department

    Cons

    Poor IT support, lack of working space, cannot access some journals (even some high impact ones), not as much technical support as one would like sometimes. Also the hospital lab facilities are old and in great need of updating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more support to researchers - things like a dedicated statistician, full access to ALL the important journals, and spend some money on the outdated hospital facilities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Decent benefits, but poor management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow  in  Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Southampton, England (UK)

    Pros

    Generous holiday allowance. Campus is nice enough, with relatively easy access to the city centre and surrounding areas by bus, although train connections are a bit more challenging. Also easy access to a variety of Chinese food restaurants nearby.

    Cons

    Administration appears to care little for the impact of their policies on researchers. Little opportunity for early career researchers to distinguish themselves, however, this has been improving as of late. The amount of paperwork, harassment and bureaucracy imposed by health and safety is a significant impediment to performing research. Hired technical staff does not have sufficient background and expertise to perform their jobs at a reasonable standard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider instituting policies to make it clear that all employees are valued by the University. Hiring appropriate support staff and providing conditions that promote creativity instead of imposing impediments to new ideas is crucial for a research orientated university. Being open with staff regarding changes to facilities would promote trust.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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