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Updated Jul 13, 2014
University of Nottingham – Ningbo – “Working conditions of University of Nottingham…”

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3.7 41 reviews

83% Approve of the CEO

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Professor David Greenaway

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76% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    My experience has overall been positive. Excellent academic staff and able administrators.

    Teaching Associate (Current Employee) Nottingham, England (UK)

    ProsStrong research and teaching environments and high-quality students.

    ConsOccasional interference in academic reserach/teaching by management rulings.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeadership is fine, as long as it does not lead to interference with academic work. Also, while getting positive student ratings are important, it is not always about giving students what they want, but rather about providing them with what they need.

    Some high-level academic staff need to be convinced to contribute more extensively to teaching.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice experience to work with prominent researcher in my field

    PhD Student (Current Employee) Nottingham, England (UK)

    Prosworking with the leading researchers, the quality of teaching, nice friendly atmosphere, global recognition of the university, availability of stuff members to help.

    ConsNot particular challenges I have faced so far. The only thing I want to mention is that you need to work hard to catch up with the high level of standards if you come from other universities (particularly from abroad). But it is completly normal for the university with a reputation, and I would not imagine the other way around to comprimise the quality of teaching to attract more students from abroad.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not what was sold to me

    Barman and Undergraduate Student (Current Employee)

    ProsSocial live within the city is great and the societies are great.

    ConsThe halls are hugely overpriced, quality of campus food is low and very overpriced, especially on the Sutton Bonington campus. Meal cards used for Main campus students cannot be used at Sutton Bonington, Access to building is restricted to say the least and even my own schools doors are in accessible after 6pm.
    Poorly run courses with the few exceptions of 1 or 2 talented lecturers. Was promised a course that would broaden my employability options, this is true mainly due to the fact nobody within my degree knows what jobs they could get as we haven't learnt anything to a level appropriate to the work place of many students ideal career paths. As well as a student I have also been an employee. They treat casual staff as though mean nothing to them and take no advise that we on the front line know would work. As for full time staff they too revive no voice in the decisions made by management and they wonder why things fall apart and there are mass communications problems over every sector of the university. Pay for full time staff is disproportionately low compared to that of CEO's and deputy principles, no wonder staff strike when top staff earn in excess of 200k a year.
    Furthermore the hopper bus situation is dismal, buses to Sutton bonington are late and often do not turn up and so many students, researchers and professors have complained about this but to no avail.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to those on the front line
    Don't lie about what your University offers
    Better communication is essential
    Sort out the busses

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It is a great organisation and you can work with capable and dedicated people, but there are many frustrations.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Nottingham, England (UK)

    ProsMost of the people I work with are genuinely committed to Higher Education, the University, and working well with their team and are proud to work here.

    ConsPay is generally very good but reward for stronger performers is not great which is demotivating, nor is general support for staff good, and processes and systems are more a hinderance than a help, and it can take a lot of perseverance to get through them - though things are improving. Senior management aims to listens, but seem as constrained as anyone else in actually changing things for the better, and get it wrong as often as they get it right, and seem to be fairly inexperienced for the level of responsibility they are given.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAcknowledge that just because you hold a more senior position does not mean you have a better solution to whatever the problem or challenge is.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A fantastic place to work with highly talented colleagues set in a beautiful campus

    Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) Nottingham, England (UK)

    ProsOpportunities seem endless in this place with so many chances to; undertake professional development through the number of courses available to staff, take part in volunteering activities whilst being able to attend lectures on a vast array of topics. There's always the chance to get involved in something if you are willing to contribute.

    ConsIt's a very large organisation and so can sometimes feel like you are lost in the middle of it all, perhaps not knowing where to turn if you are looking to undertake a task. It can be a little disorientating at first with so many different schools, departments and teams.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFlexible working opportunities need some form of standardisation across the university, in some instances it seems as though the opportunity to work from home on occasion is reserved for a select few despite technology being readily available to allow this.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Worked as a temp, a great experience overall

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFriendly staff, thorough induction on starting work, manager helpful with regular reviews, great setting and facilities to make use of, good location

    ConsAs a temp working for a few months there were no cons for me, I was given time off when I needed it and my manager was great

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice experience

    IT Office Intern (Former Employee) Ningbo (China)

    ProsGet to meet different people

    Conssome times not convenient hours

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A supportive and diverse environment

    Research Associate (Current Employee)

    ProsWorking at the QMC, right in the hub of nationally and internationally leading departments in medicine is incredible. The university ethos for research is one which promotes original thinking, with many opportunities to build collaborations across other disciplines in a friendly and productive environment. Supervisors routinely encourage new ideas and research proposals, which increases the chance of improving your portfolio and career progressions at an early stage. Training programs/courses are readily available for career development and project specific activities, commonly run by leading experiments in the field providing quality and consistent tuition. I feel well supported in working as part of a globally recognised medical research team, as well as for my individual research interests.

    The Nottingham campus is incredibly green and provides a pleasant respite from the hustle of Queen's. The leisure facilities are fantastic and will rival any of the leading establishments found in the city centre. which itself is only a short distance from the campus.

    ConsDelays in communications between administrative departments may hinder project start up. Consistent chasing up of research paperwork progress is essential if you want to get underway asap. Motivation, passion and social confidence is required to access and make use of the huge network of brilliant minds at the university. The opportunities for exciting new world changing projects are there for those who have the drive to want them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Excellent opportunity for personal and career development.

    PhD Researcher (Current Employee) Nottingham, England (UK)

    ProsGood links with industry, such as Rolls-Royce and Airbus. Beautiful campus and lots of internationals, so a very diverse culture around the area.

    ConsCan't think of anything at the top of my head.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Rewarding and Challenging!

    PhD Researcher (Current Employee) Nottingham, England (UK)

    ProsFlexible working hours, great facilities and overall fantastic colleagues.

    ConsBureaucratic process can stand in the way of some work and the safety training sometimes is a joke. Especially for a trained scientist, it can be a bit below the bar.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider a cap on the number of PhD students a supervisor can have and limit them to ONLY projects they are not out of their depth with. Less they leave the student on their own when it comes to their work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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