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University of Durham Reviews

Updated 15 October 2014
Updated 15 October 2014
17 Reviews
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17 Reviews
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  1.  

    It was absolutely exquisite. Glad to have received a degree from an English Institution.

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    Current Employee - Student in Durham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Student in Durham, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Durham full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Everything is well coordinated. Everyone is highly competitive and that brings out your best form. There are 16 colleges and a lot of students to mix up with. In short, it's awesome.

    Cons

    No semester system. Only summative and formative assignments throughout the year and final exams at the end of the year.

    Recommends
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  2.  

    Exciting, Challenging, Rewarding

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Durham

    Pros

    I have had a great time at Durham University- the working atmosphere here is great and the people are friendly and talented. The high standards really push you to achieve the most you are capable of.

    Cons

    Some people may find Durham to be a bit small and can fall into the trap of being stuck in the durham 'bubble'. Make sure to visit some great nearby towns and cities- and its so easy to wander out of the city centre and find beautiful countryside- its important to get some perspective!

    Recommends
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  3.  

    Elitest but beautiful

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Durham full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    High academic quality. You need to be good to work here and the pressure is on to produce quality. It's great to be amongst such clever colleagues.

    Cons

    Not much social diversity. A university for rich kids.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is good. They pander to equality issues but really this is a university for the privileged.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Worked with world class scholars in a world heritage location.

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral in Durham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral in Durham, England (UK)

    I worked at University of Durham part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Beautiful, historical city; world class scholars in my field.

    Cons

    The university's administration is disorganized and muddled--very frustrating to have to deal with them.

    Recommends
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  6.  

    The problem is not the University of Durharm, but the career in academia/astrophysics

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Durham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Durham, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Durham full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Strong and productive astronomy group

    Cons

    No stability perspectives, very poor possibilities to even extend a post-doc contract. Attitude of individuals to emerge is stronger than work-group in general.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Excellent departments, estates and buildings is terrible

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Durham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Durham, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Durham full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have greatly enjoyed my time in durham, working as a PhD student, the city is pleasant and the academic departments have a well deserved reputation for excellence.

    Cons

    The city does not have as much going on as other, larger, cities. But Newcastle is nearby and easy to get to by train. The weather can be changeable, but the summer is very nice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend less on Picasso paintings and more on educating students

    Recommends
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  8.  

    Bad Administration

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Durham part-time

    Pros

    The departments are full of lovely people and most of the staff are truly there to provide a good student experience. Unfortunately this is often stymied by administration. Most of my issues with this company are all to do with administration and nothing to do with what the university is truly here to do. The teaching is fantastic, the hours are good, the community is supportive.

    Cons

    Class differences are rife, HR rarely processes your paperwork properly--I had emergency tax taken out for months even though I filled out the necessary paperwork *multiple* times. There is no communication between different arms of the administration. Immigration doesn't use the same computer systems as HR so you have to have your documentation checked by two different departments at different times of the year rather than using the same system. If they mess up your pay (which they do more often than they should because of simple clerical errors such as typing the numbers into the wrong column) they won't give you the money until your next paycheck (which is monthly) unless you can prove to them you have a 'dire need' of the money. The university is consistently trying to centralize everything which is a complete nightmare. If a lightbulb needs changing in a college area, it won't get attention for *months* because it all has to go through central estates and buildings. Heating is done on a computer system that at one point got *deleted* from the university's program. The regulations have recently changed so that any university event has to use central catering instead of supporting local businesses in the area and the prices and quality for in-house food are sub-par. Often it seems the university hires individuals into managerial positions in various capacities in administration who do not do their jobs properly or strive to provide for a better experience and yet these individuals are never fired or trained to be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See cons.

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  9.  

    Great time work as a teaching assistant and researcher

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Durham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Durham, England (UK)

    I have been working at University of Durham part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Enjoyable and peaceful environment for living and doing researching.

    Cons

    sometimes the requested book in the library are online version, it would be better if the students can get a copy of it or paper book for reading.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep offering opportunities for people in University and graduated from Durham University.

    Recommends
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  10.  

    Excellent experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Durham

    Pros

    Great city and great university.

    Cons

    Sometimes like living in a bubble.

  11.  

    Good place to work with some bureaucracy

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Durham

    Pros

    Beautiful city located in the North of England.

    Cons

    Bit isolated, and although Newcastle is near, it's still a bit too far.

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