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The university was a fun place to learn at for the 2 years I stayed, lots of on site facilities and was located near a small town. The University course I was on suffered heavily from inconsistent quality, several lectures has poor english or poor pronunciation which made several modules much tougher than they needed too, this was made worse when when several lecture halls has out of focus or non functioning projectors making many lectures impossible to listen too in addition to being unreadable.
Wildly varying quality lectures per module
We have a thorough training with all relevant paperwork to support as invigilators and as scribing for exam students. We also are given the opportunity to address the feedback after exam invigilating to what went well and what weaknesses were encountered. Been doing exam invigilating for over 5 years and have grown to enjoy this type of work.
The people are nice at USW, there is room for progression as they like to offer positions to internal candidates. The pay is average for a university and the work life balance is quite good with the right role. Constant restructuring carried by people at the top make job security unstable. There are lots of fixed term contracts given out rather than permanent ones.
Work/life balance, nice people, friendly atmosphere
Restructures, senior management diconeected from students and a bit old fashioned
Has declined since becoming the biggest university in Wales. Tightening budgets and reduction of student services leaves a frustrated and overworked workforce. The University is only interested in making money and not the quality of education. Far too many middle management types and constant cuts to front line staff. Staff feel undervalued and have job insecurity.
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Excellent opportunity to develop teaching skills, and influence future workforce. There is no typical day, as work can involve visiting practice placement setting to conduct educational audits/link visits, or teaching lectures, lesson planning, pastoral care, etc.
Fairly close to home
Heavy work load
We're all very creative and fun people at this university. We have an ethos to make things happen, especially when it comes to the students. We'd consider ourselves to be 'Yes' people when given a task and it pushes us to our creative abilities. The courses often like to work with each other to create super projects. The only hard part of this is sometimes we're forced to work later or things can take longer than initially planned.
Freedom to interact with people.
Evening work sometimes required.
Staff at the university are very well mannered, which provided me with confidence and the ability to report any faults when conducting maintenance checks. You would get you daily duties through a website system that you would check off throughout the day to notify management the job has been successfully completed. The most enjoyable part of the job was working with the other staff because they provided a relaxed and fun working environment. The worst part of the job was cleaning the students accommodation blocks.
Being a Student Ambassador and helping out prospective students was very rewarding. You simply provide your knowledge and experience of being a student to potential candidates as well as guiding them around the university's facilities and explaining the services the university provides. The working hours were typically short and only occurred on a handful of days throughout the year, but the pay reflected this well and you are heavily compensated for you time.
Infrequent working hours
It was fun working for the university of South wales, the management were so helpful and made the job so fun. The working culture is very good. My responsibility was to carry out experimental tests on soil stabilisation using industrial by-products. On a typical day I would get the instruction on what to do. The job taught to work on my own initiative with minimal supervision
Flexible working time
Stricty finish time
One of the aspects of USW which instilled in me the passion I felt and still feel for the campus, was how dedicated and passionate they were about me as a student and as a person. I miss my university very much; there have been few places I have ever visited which have made me feel so important and needed as USW has.
Productive and Grate Place to Work. i was an MSc Students at USW, i have graduated in 2014 and then i have been offered to work in the USW, it was an honour for me to work in such university. i enjoy every day and every minutes teaching in this university.
Based on research with SERC, it's fine all in all. Sadly they require some more money in the right places (such as access to journals) and less admin. Equipment is up to standard too, but the food/cafes are pricey.
Poor journal access
research is limited, non inclusive and limited to some departments. Time to research is not taken. Lack of suitably qualified staff reliance on less qualified staff progression limited favouritism, nepotism rife. training limited to senior staff only.
flexibility to working hours
excessive red tape