University of Cumbria Employee Reviews
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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.
Teachers pension, location, small campus, new development
Small campus. Small university budget.
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.
Getting paid to endure it.
Weird culture. Jumping through imaginary hoops.
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.
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.
inspiring students, colleagues & location
blame culture, management can do no wrong, constant threat of redundancy.
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
Pension and benefits
Lower pay for interns
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.
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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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.
not garanteed overtime work
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.
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....
Good staff moral
Persistant structural changes
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.
Constant restructures/stress at work
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.
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.