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I really enjoyed doing my PhD and following short research project at St Andrew's. I found the facilities advanced, the technicians highly experienced and friendly, and the general atmosphere of working there fantastic, due to the great diversity of projects and people being very condusive to interesting collaborations. My supervisors were also extremely helpful and easy to work with.
Part-time work at the VRC involves sourcing material appropriate for the data-base for the Art History Department. I select film slides and scan them into photoshop; editing, retouching any blemished or scratches. These slides will be used as visual aids for powerpoints for professors as the University. I also assist with the PhD research in sourcing similar film slides and photographs.
It is a zero hour contract which is good for students who need a job whislt at university. THe management are usualkly understanding of deadlines/other commitments. The rota is sent out weekly, and you can agree to or decline any shifts you are allocated, plus there is the option to take more shifts. It can be very busy, especailly during the summer holidays, but equally there can sometimes be weeks without shfits. It depends on the season and how popular the uni events department is. A typical shift is working a dinner where you serce courses and wine, plus do the dishes and clean the room. There sometimes are after parties where people are needed to work on the bar and clean glasses. Other events include conferences and graduation, where there is a buffet for customers to help themselves. At these events, the job is to clean up any and all mess made, do the dishes, and ensure customer satisfaction. The mangers are decent people, organised, and professional. There isnt really anything diffuclt about the job except the typical shift hours for dinners/weddings/bars is late at night to early morning, meaning it can be tiring. Also sonetimes the guests can be rude, but that happens in every customer-facing jobs. Everyone who works there is helpful and kind, it is a friendly environment. If there is food left over (and usually there is) the staff is welcome to have some of it on their break.
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This is a perfect job for students as the hours are very flexible and it's very easy to pick up extra shifts if you need more hours. The pay is higher than average for this type of job and they don't expect you to have experience. However, the training is virtually non-existent and there's a lot of friction between many permanent members of staff which often makes the work environment unpleasant for the zero hour student workers.
Good pay, occasional free food, flexible hours
Difficult work environment
Fast-pace, productive environment. All employees are treated with respect and are expected highly of their contribution.
I thoroughly enjoy working with the institution and as a student feel this role gives the best experience available within the University for working with the public.
Typical day consist for dealing with Technical staff and students. I learned everything I know in the time spent a the University and developed new skills. Management could improve. Overall enjoyable place to work.
Hour lunches and holiday/sick pay
First, the surprise construction work that went on for four months. This was not communicated to anyone working in the building, and the first we heard of it was the jackhammering. My attempts to get information on when the work would be done, and complain about the noise level, were met with 'you know what builders are like'. I had to contact HR, after three weeks the head of department got involved and it was only because he visited on a day that works were being done that he allowed us to move offices for a three month period. This was after the builders put the lights out in our office by cutting live electrical wiring. Second, my immediate supervisor would travel for work for extended periods without notifying... anyone, not even his PA. Visiting scholars were a regular feature, which was great, but we were usually not told that they would be coming until they were standing in the office. My supervisor would then appear and tell whoever he expected to look after them that they would be looking after the visitor. On at least three occasions, projects that I had developed and was working on were given to other researchers without my supervisor telling me until either the other researchers were present, or I heard it second hand from the other researchers, or I was told that I can't publish this work because it will be going into someone else's paper. I had to stop listing my PI as corresponding author because he couldn't be relied on to forward on any corrections. The support staff are and we're fabulous! The electricity was unreliable during thunderstorms, and would - more...
The professional development program was magnificent
Surprise construction work
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