Assistant (Former Employee) – Glasgow – 23 July 2018
Was taken on to help with research within the School of Education. Interviewers were generally good at their job but a couple had issues with enunciation and conduct that hindered things a little. Otherwise, a great temporary job that allows you to learn about the project being researched.
The University of Glasgow offers a select few opportunities to become self-actualized researchers, but most of the PhD students are basically lab technicians who are willing to work above and beyond contract hours and don't demand pesky things like childcare, or dental plans, or pension funds.
Due to the University's reputation positions here are highly competitive, this has resulted in a less than ideal cultural environment. Sometimes it seems that employees see themselves less like members of a team, but more like lobsters in a bucket.
I am sure that the issues I saw when I was based there were no more that symptoms of the seemingly neverending austerity measures putting a stranglehold on innovation in the UK.
Come here. Take it as a valuable learning experience. Ensure that you have an exit strategy featuring myriad contingency plans.
Some of the best and brightest minds meet to exchange Ideas
Publish or Perish, or maybe even Publish and Perish.
I was very privileged to work with fantastic set of people at this great institution of learning. The opportunity to learn and advance new skills provided by the state-of-the art equipment is unrivaled at this university. I greatly recommend glasgow uni for anyone looking for study or work.
Student Caller (Former Employee) – Glasgow – 19 May 2018
The work environment was extremely pleasant and welcoming. Received frequent encouragement, guidance and understanding. Organisation was perfect. Working hours were suitable for students which was a big benefit.
Administrator (Current Employee) – Healthy Working Lives Group – 10 February 2018
Busy and interesting role within the Healthy Working Lives Group. Co-ordinating CPD Courses and providing PA support to a busy Professor. Processing expenses, extensive diary work, travel, preparing documentation, some marketing for CPD courses and events. The hardest part of the job is making sure the To Do list goes down and not up.
Earth Science Research (Former Employee) – Glasgow – 6 November 2017
I enjoyed my time at UoG, very interesting with multiple areas to study. My degree in Earth science could have been more employment orientated but the research that was competed was of a high standard and very engaging.
Research Associate (Former Employee) – Glasgow – 3 November 2017
I worked at the Uni of Vet school (department of leukaemia/vet school) for over 5 years. The majority of this time was very productive and enjoyable but unfortunately I found the final 2 years extremely uncomfortable due to many factors, which include increasing pressures to obtain quick results (essential to secure funding for the following 5 years) which led to a massive increase in unpaid hours, which had a knock on effect on the group dynamic resulting in a working environment that I found extremely cold and edgy. Subsequently I became somewhat ostracised from the group, possibly due to me being the only (young) male. This was a career first for me as my previous positions have without exception all been the complete opposite of how my experience at Glasgow ultimately became. My character is such that I made every effort to meet the ultimate goal of the group and publish my data which would have been a huge asset in securing the funding. This would see me regularly working into the very early hours (4am and later) at the Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow in a great effort to collect the vital final pieces of data I needed to publish the research I had worked on for the past 5 years. The goal sadly was never achieved as my colleague at the time unfortunately failed in her role to convert the raw data that I had created into a visual interpretable format. This was the end of over 5 years of hard work for me and ultimately there was nothing to show and nothing was published. A sole destroying experience and consequently the reason I then decided my future path would not involvemore... academic medical research.less
challenging and very interesting
colleagues and the huge number of mice that ultimately I killed unnecessarily
I enjoyed my time at Glasgow Uni as the task scheduling ranged over the academic year so was varied. The open plan office environment helped enhance job role understanding and pressure points. The line managers job shared which worked well and ensured a balanced view on progression on tasks. As part of a team at hectic times I offered help when needed to progress tasks and meet deadlines. I enjoyed communicating with a range of stakeholders and was first point of contact for students with problems which affected their ability to study. This was a time consuming but rewarding role, supporting students, offering direction to appropriate specialist support or advise as per the regulations.
Contact with students and colleagues
Poorly managed introductions of new systems integral to the Admin role