Research Administrator (Former Employee) – Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear – 28 June 2018
You'll find that all the faculties operate differently so the units and schools will have a totally different culture and management style, some bad, some good but they have one thing in common 'it's all about the academics and students'. Fair enough it's a university but admin staff in general don't get looked after.
Management is too afraid to challenge academics for their behaviour and practice and as a result admin staff get bullied and strained, having to work crazy hours to meet their demands.
Most management within the university also don't seem to be in the twenty-first century in terms of understanding that staff require motivation and investment to do their job well. HR are only there to back management up. Can't generalise but most staff think the same.
There's been a lot of restructuring lately so let's hope there are some good changes coming up. The university has so much potential for being a great place to work but it doesn't seem to do that very well at the moment.
good holiday entitlement, good salary grades, increments, good staff benefits, good colleagues
management, leadership, strategy, culture, bureaucracy, bad customer service
Technician (Current Employee) – Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear – 14 January 2018
I love working here. The work life balance is fantastic. There are core hours to work and flexible start and finish times in my department. My boss is very reasonable and listens to me. I am treated as a valued member of the team and am glad I made the move to the university last year. I've just had a week off at Xmas which I didn't have at my old job and I get 5 weeks off throughout the year. There are regular emails so you know what's happening throughout the university too. The top of my pay grade does not go as high as my old job but I have a better work life balance which makes up for it. There is no chance of getting a higher grade in my department which is probably the only sticking point..
Full Time MBA Student (Former Employee) – MBA Course – 22 September 2017
I studied at Newcastle University Business School for a MBA. This was a year long full-time course comprising students from all around the world and all of whom had previous experience operating in the professional workspace. All study had to be supported by extensive pre-reading. Each module was finished with an assignment, the points for which were accumulated towards the MBA. Overall, despite the extensive study and preparation time, the course was very enjoyable.
Good course which offers plenty of support for students
Student (Current Employee) – Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear – 15 September 2017
An overall good course which covers a wide range of areas within chemistry. The level of teaching is mostly good, with the organic chemistry staff being by far the best of the bunch. There is a good level of support for students, both on my particular course and also from the university itself.
There are good facilities all around campus with an excellent main library.
The city itself is a vibrant student city with good nightlife, shops, places to eat and plenty going on.