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.