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)

I have been working at University of Southampton

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

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    Mainly positive experience, but some negatives

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Southampton, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Southampton as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Attractive main campus with lots of green space. Good support of interdisciplinary working. Excellent academic and research staff in general. Department heads and deans can be very supportive (with some caveats). Overall I have found it a positive experience to work at Southampton and over the time I have been here there have been substantial improvements in many areas. For example, I think over the past few years the support provided to ECRs has improved a lot, and there is now more focus on research staff development, supporting fellowship applications etc. However, I think you need to be proactive to get the most out of your time here.

    Cons

    Some excellent researchers are sidelined in a way, because their research is not high impact, or they are not bringing in large grants...even when they are recognised to be the top of their field.
    Opaque and variable practices with regards to retaining early career researchers, but generally not a great deal of job security (although this is similar across academia as a whole).
    The level of attention by supervisors/other more senior academics to things like appraisals or internal review of grant applications is highly variable. E.g. can be difficult to find someone who will give a very rigorous and critical internal review of a proposal.
    Southampton in general is not a particularly nice city, but the surrounding countryside, towns and villages are beautiful and the area in general is a nice area to live in.
    Food available on campus is fairly poor.
    "Staff club" is no longer only for staff. "Staff bar" generally closes at about 6pm.
    General dislike of upper management within the university which reduces staff morale and motivation. In particular VC pay is very high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more notice of what the majority of people that keep the university running want (hint: those are the lecturers, researchers, profs and support staff, not the top management). Reduce the salaries of the top earners.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Lecturer in Soc Sci

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southampton full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Friendly staff in my dept
    Never had problems with management

    Cons

    Random decisions from on-high can sometimes occur, e.g. changing around all the admin roles at once, or refusing to accept that there is a market price for certain professors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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