Student Support Assistant (Former Employee) – University of Chester – 2 July 2018
- travel to different campuses - opportunities to work with seniors and PhD students - learning while working - get to attend useful workshop - able to know more people from the different world and different fields.
Marketing, Recruitment and Events Assistant (Current Employee) – Chester – 16 November 2017
To give you some context on my experience here, I initially volunteered as a student at the University of Chester between 2007 and 2010 in various support departments. I then took up my first paid employment as a graduate of the institution in July 2010 where I stayed for 2 years before moving to another University in the Midlands. I returned to the University of Chester in 2014 and since then have held two post in two other departments.
I have always felt my job is secure while working at the University of Chester and have found the majority of the staff friendly and supportive of one another.
They pay is lower than other institutions for similar roles. Working in Liverpool can see you earning between £2-3000 a year for the identical post. And the benefits are pretty much identical such as the pension and holiday entitlement.
The HR team are supportive and some departments are excellent at personal development. Others are less so supportive unfortunately. It all comes down to their own personal budgets.
Average working day is 9am - 5:30pm with a 4:30pm finish on a Friday. The management team at the university are easily approachable, there are channels to reach the most senior members of staff around the university when needed and they tend to be good at responding to matters promptly.
The culture changes from campus and department. If you find yourself moving around Like I have, it can sometimes feel like you have gone to a totally different University with peoples attitudes!
Overall I would recommend the University of Chester as an employer, but Imore... would advise anyone who takes a job here to keep their eye on the job market and be ready to jump to another institution or department when the opportunities arise since there is little to none naturally upward progression. It requires a fair amount of jumping about to get onto the next step of your career!less
Support (Former Employee) – Chester – 19 June 2017
Other support staff are great but pay average and not related to performance. Limited opportunities for advancement at tis time. Lots of reliance on temporary contracts rather than permanent positions.
Student Ambassador (Current Employee) – Warrington – 11 January 2017
During my time at Chester university, the management of the university seemed very distant and did not want to help out the student ambassadors, we worked long hours without any acknowledgement from the management and little guidance from them,