Interesting but can be cold and unwelcoming if you are a mere Visiting (or 'Associate') Lecturer
Visiting Lecturer (Current Employee) – Bristol – 9 December 2015
As a university UWE is interesting, although as a Visiting Lecturer I am divorced from any of the decision making or management processes. In a way this is a relief. I turn up and do the teaching, then disappear. Relations with permanent staff are critical, but leave one very vulnerable to changes within the university about which you know nothing until they suddenly hit.
At the end of last year for example, three of my principal colleagues were made redundant at relatively short notice. As it was through them that my teaching had been arranged it meant that I was effectively marooned. There appears to be no particular thought given to VLs at any formal stage of UWEs processes, even down to there being somewhere to sit, or a desk (hot or cold) to use. You carve your own space and get on with it.
So if you are able to cope with this semi benign neglect things are ok. If you want a more structured experience you may feel lost and friendless unless you know that you have to actively seek them out.
No doubt for permanent positions the picture is clearer and more supportive