CAMbassador (Former Employee) – Cambridge – 18 December 2017
I was a temporary worker for events with the University and found it to be well managed, well compensated and a good atmosphere for students to work. I can't comment on what permanent contracts would be like.
Postdoctoral Research Associate (Former Employee) – Cambridge – 11 October 2017
Working for the University of Cambridge sounds like a dream job, but far from it. The University is so in love with its long history that it seems to actively resist modern workplace practices. Its attitude to disabled staff is egregiously, dangerously muddled and old-fashioned. Avoid like the plague if you are disabled in any way. Departments simply do not cooperate and many systems in place, such as IT support or purchasing appear to be arranged solely for the convenience of those providing them, not the users. It takes weeks to get anything basic done that would take about two hours anywhere else. To add insult to injury, they pay staff approximately one spine-point equivalent less than other universities for the same role.
Grant (Current Employee) – Downing Street – 9 October 2017
I spend most of my time in the lab, which I love it. I work doing genotiping, PCRs and another lab technics. I'm with a research group working with Heliconius butterflies, our work is based on the genetic basis of wing patterns, conducting crossing experiments in Panama with races of H. melpomene wich led to the cloning and identification of wing pattern genes such as optix.
This is the best environment for ambitious academics to thrive, and keep all opportunities open. I have had the opportunity to grow all my centres of interests through various research projects. I learnt skills ranging from data analysis, scientific paper writing, public relations and communications, to teaching.
Junior Library Assistant (Grade 1) (Former Employee) – Cambridge University Library – 11 January 2017
This was an interesting building to work in and I really appreciated the opportunity to work with such amazing collections. I loved that aspect of my job.
I was very motivated but ended up feeling completely demoralised. There was considerable disdain for junior members of staff. Management decisions were otiose and opaque.
I loved the specific role I eventually moved into in the library and felt that I had found my niche. This role was very varied and interesting given the collections we were dealing with and I enjoyed helping the readers who were usually very appreciative. If I had been allowed to continue in this role I probably would still be working in the library.
chief custodian (Current Employee) – Cambridge – 22 August 2016
typical day at work, opening the office and workshop. tenants come to the office to collect parcels left by the royal mail, and any other enquiries, and report faults within their flats to myself. a general walk of site comprising of 204 individual apartments checking emergency lights, plant rooms, and corridors for breakages and faults. to assist with outside contractors, and to aid them personally around the site.to liaise with my line manager, and any other person from head office to maintain the smooth running of the accommodation apartments. general maintenance within apartments for repairs. hardest part of my job was letting go, when on holiday and weekends. most enjoyable part of my job conversing with tenants from all over the world, making new friends, helping newcomers to settle in to a new city, and sorting out any maintenance issues big or small quickly :) .
Senior Secretary (Current Employee) – Cambridge, ENG – 19 October 2015
My day is varied and interesting. I help a number of people, in different ways by processing their expenses and ordering an assortment of items and objects from pens to chemicals through our on-line purchasing system. I also type and scan their letters and documents.
I work 10 hours a week on an imaging research project for one particular professor and work hard to keep the project up to date and relevant, inputting patient data. I attend a meeting each week where patient images are reviewed and ideas and plans are discussed and conclusions are reached.
I help organise student teaching, send encouraging reminder emails to lecturers and all in all, I am the sheepdog of the Department, coaxing, corralling and nipping at people's heels to help them do the best for the Department, and in the process, hopefully getting what they need from the Department.
College Supervisor & Lab Demonstrator (Current Employee) – Cambridge, ENG – 23 September 2015
Although it was a part-time job, it was still well organised by the department or the college. I usually need to work 12 hours during the week, giving students lessons in small groups to cover the teaching materials and discuss their assignment. It was a very useful experience for me as I need to talk to students from different backgrounds and make the best teaching plans based on each student's personality and understanding levels to the materials so that they can learn the most from my lessons. This is also the most challenging part of this job as I have to present the materials in different ways to the students in order to help them to learn. At end of each term, I also need to give a report evaluating each student's understanding level to the materials and their progress.
Study Administrator/Research Assistant (Former Employee) – Cambridge Biomedical Campus – 22 May 2015
Working for the University of Cambridge at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus is a good experience. Unfortunately when your role is a research based, the position is not secured ( when funding ends that's it you are out of work)
Senior Secretary (Current Employee) – Cambridge, ENG – 20 October 2014
A typical day at work involves checking incoming emails, mail and telephone messages. Checking finances, making travel arrangements, setting up meetings and organising venues and refreshments. I have learned a lot here especially about technology. My co-workers are dedicated with a work hard, play hard attitude. The hardest part of the job is knowing when to say No. The most enjoyable is being able to be creative, setting up spreadsheets, and helping to free up busy time for others to get on with their own jobs.
Tutor (Current Employee) – Cambridge, ENG – 24 June 2014
I've been working freelance for the University of Cambridge, Institute of Continuing Education for nearly 18 years and it has always been a very rewarding experience. The management of the Institute is consistently professional and friendly and over the years I have gained a great deal of insight and confidence in teaching adult learners. Sometimes teaching a course can be physically demanding - on your feet and projecting for hours etc - but it is well worth the effort.
Interested students who bring their life experience to course, Lovely environment to work in, Good food!