York St John University
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It was a joy to work at the University and the service provided to students is fantastic, but with recent changes in management, there are now leaders and managers at non-executive level who do not know how to manage and lead and spoiling what should be a great place to work.
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Each day is different and presents different challenges. Learning how to manage varied roles and working with others is very interesting and rewarding. Opportunities to develop a varied career path are numerous. All these aspects are hugely enjoyable. It is difficult to find time to prioritise research with the demands of teaching, marking and preparation.
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The many opportunities that are available
Cons
Not able to engage with as much research as desired.
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Casual Lecturer in Music Education on BEd courses. An excellent university providing teacher training and PGCE courses. Well supported in my role here.
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After working at York St John for the past three years I can attest that employees are supported and encouraged to achieve their potential. As a student ambassador I mostly work at the university's open days where I have the opportunity to work alongside the student recruitment team which has given me great insight into how recruitment functions in the workplace.
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It was a horrible experience being asked to actively deceive students, being bullied by the management if refused to do so, or refused to be in the intimidating management clique, dealing with a repulsive work culture promoted by this management, who recently harassed, bullied and blackma to exit even a staff member at the highest hierarchy.... this institution will not survive probably much longer, no better not to even apply to them and connect your name with them in any way....
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couldn't have asked for a better team or job whilst studying at the university. Flexible working, dynamic environment and all the support and training you need
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Working at York St John was relaxed and easy to flow with, it was a manage-your-own workload and thus simple to balance with day to day life, as well as other jobs.
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Staff and Students were all friendly and co-operative. The work environment was extremely pleasant and low pressure with shifts being relatively flexible.
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Flexible Shifts
Cons
Long Hour Shifts
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a day consisted of logging onto a university computer transcribing various files from the research that was being conducted.WE regularly had checks up from our supervisor just to make sure we were on target.
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Flexible hours to fit around studying. Only work when you are available so can out your name down for as many or as few shifts as you want Friendly managers
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York St john was a small university. staff were friendly and approachable and students lived in halls of residence for the first year making it easy to meet new people. there are plenty of clubs to join and the course was enjoyable.
Pros
small site
Cons
workload
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- Construct your management skills - Open minded towards another cultures - Diversity - Long hours work but worth it - Train you to be profesional presenter
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Exciting and fun job that allows me to develop experience in a field I'm interested in while also having a healthy work-study balance. It isn't too demanding and acknowledges my status as a student.
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Leadership & Management unclear of overall goals. Unfortunately affects staff morale, staff employability & security. Only focus on top layers of staff. Not a good place to work. VC constantly restructuring departments and schools
Pros
Good holidays & health benefits
Cons
No long term security.
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Constant restructurings and 'game-changer' projects do not leave enough time to work! Senior management is out of touch with the academic environment.
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Great academics
Cons
Horrible management
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Brilliant company to work for. Friendly staff and management alike. Great benefits and bonuses are on offer. Very good place to work overall in my opinion.
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Fantastic community workplace with great in work benefits. Staff training course is a great way to build knowledge to grow with York St John or take across different areas.
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Typical day- 0 hours contract so you don't work regularly I learned -about the research topic Workplace culture- small team so not your typical worlplace
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Teaching here you will have access to great resources, modern teaching spaces informed by older architecture and be part of an inclusive accommodating workplace
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Offered Counselling to University students and signposted them to other organisations when appropriate. Worked in a community hub talking informally to customers and counselling when required. Learned self-motivation, worked independently and as part of a team. Have managed volunteers and paid staff as parts of previous work. As a teacher and counsellor I love being involved in enabling others to rise to their potential. I believe I am supportive and encouraging but remain realistic.
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Support of Lecturers
Cons
Expectations were not always made clear
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York St John University offers employees the important advantage of working closely with academic staff and other experts across the university. The International Office works closely with academic staff to provide a fulfilling and rich experience for overseas students who have taken the decisive step to study and live outside their country of origin. This brings its own challenges for staff who provide a welcoming and supportive background to allow students to achieve their full academic potential. The Director International role provides the opportunity to coordinate the full lifetime experience for students, from counselling and advice, through to application and enrolment and then to arrival and study.
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Strong collabortive work ethic
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Occasional stretched resources
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