University of Cumbria
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On a day to day basis there is a lot of autonomy. Scope to develop new courses and work with a great bunch of students. In the heart of a National Park. Lots of links to local NGOs and GOs.
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Teachers pension, location, small campus, new development
Cons
Small campus. Small university budget.
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Terrible. Little collaboration or support. Not friendly. Management are incompetent. Hoops are created to jump through that are totally unnecessary. Detached from the real world.
Pros
Getting paid to endure it.
Cons
Weird culture. Jumping through imaginary hoops.
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Without a doubt The University of Cumbria is the best place I have ever worked. My one frustration is that job progression is seriously slow. No matter how good you are at your job, how reliable you are or how good a timekeeper you are it sometimes feels like you're waiting on people to die before you can get a promotion.
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Enjoy the interaction with colleagues and students, feel a great sense of achievement every graduation. Pay is good for the area although benefits are reducing constantly. There is a constant feeling of blame due to low student numbers. Every year income reduces and senior management pay increases. Management at all levels are over-controlling and ineffective. Never disagree with a senior colleague.
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inspiring students, colleagues & location
Cons
blame culture, management can do no wrong, constant threat of redundancy.
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Incredibly sociable as you work Open Days, campus visits and other events within the university. You have to be knowledgeable in most courses across the five campuses.
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As a student at cumbria i can comment upon the job role. However the experience of cumbria university was one of outstanding facilities spend over many areas.
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9-5 Monday to Friday No day is the same and working with a friendly fun team. My team help each other if the workload is high, you have your fixed role but their is a family atmosphere and everyone wants each other to deliver their best
Pros
Pension and benefits
Cons
Lower pay for interns
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The school placements were valuable in learning how to teach. Each school was very supportive and gave helpful advice for what kinds of tasks children of different abilities and ages should be completing. The atmosphere was friendly and it was great to work with children.
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The line management within the Disability department is terrible. By the time I left only one employee was left out of 8 when I started, and she has just left, even though her voluntary redundancy was turned down. This is all due to the line management within the Disability department - such a shame, as all really good people who felt they had to leave as this person appears untouchable and very threatened by the expertise they had. However, I'm sure other departments are much better than this one.
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Really enjoyed doing the work. Would recommend to anyone, it really helps get a feel as to what it would be like to be a graphic designer. This really helped me to choose my career pathway
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Love working here as it allows me to learn new skills on every shift and meet new people from around the UK etc.
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its hard work but I will get there in the end, the company is very helpful in guiding you in the right direction of your chosen career. over all, all good
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The management are not good in communication and they more bothered about themselves. They don’t take the time out to check on the lower level of staff. Take for ever to get new staff members in.
Pros
Holidays, pension, pay
Cons
Bad management
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I have worked for University of Cumbria for over 10 years and seen a lot of changes, some good, some bad. My day was very challenging but also different daily which is good.
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all the staff were friendly and hard working great place to work. it was a mon-fri work pattern some weekends when needed busy kitchen every thing was timed so to be out for service breakfast lunch dinner and functions.
Pros
free lunch
Cons
not garanteed overtime work
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There are many great, committed lecturers who will make sure to engage each student and ensure their individual success. The general student life around University of Cumbria is growing and becoming more interactive as it progresses as an academic establishment.
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Working there over 10 years i have seen plenty of troubles and turmoil in the variety of roles have undertaken. But it appears now under the new VC that positive changes are being made and the university is beginning to move forward positivley. The university is has a very small communities of staff on each campus. In its 10th year staff have really began to bond and working moral is good. If you want to work somewhere where you get a sense of community and togetherness. You should consider....
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Good staff moral
Cons
Persistant structural changes
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Good rate of pay but no career advancement opportunities. Definite bias towards individuals through obvious favouritism. Bullying/harassment not acknowledged and conveniently swept under the carpet. HR totally unprofessional and absolutely no accountability for constant errors made.
Pros
Gym discounts
Cons
Constant restructures/stress at work
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Was always a busy day as there was about 20 children a day who all required attention. I learnt all about children's sleeping routines and how to discipline them if needed.
Pros
lovely staff
Cons
Too much travelling
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Interacting with members of staff and the public also with prospective students. I learned how to interact with various groups and individuals.th management and the atmosphere in work is enjoyable. The most enjoyable part of the job is meeting new people and representing the university as a professional.
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pay and benefits great but not the best working enviroment anymore, badly managed. Too many job reviews that are costly and don't save money which leads to disappointment within the staff and effects the working environment.
Pros
Good pay
Cons
Bad Management
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