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The University of Leeds Sucks. The University of Leeds is a public research university in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It was established in 1874 as the Yorkshire College of Science. In 1884 it merged with the Leeds School of Medicine (established 1831) and was renamed Yorkshire College. It became part of the federal Victoria University in 1887, joining Owens College (which became the University of Manchester) and University College Liverpool (which became the University of Liverpool). In 1904 a royal charter was granted to the University of Leeds by King Edward VII.

An anonymous law student shares some thoughts about studying at The University of Leeds in a review written for STUDENT HUT: "You are basically just a customer among 30,000 others. You could be dead in a ditch and no one would know. I'm a law school alumni and I absolutely hated my course. The staff didn't give a damn about the students, they were just focused on their research. Also, there was inconsistency in teaching and it was really down to luck in determining how well you did. For example, my dissertation supervisor in the final year could barely speak English yet other students had supervisors that basically edited their whole dissertation for them - this was a 40 credit module!"


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Student (Former Employee) says

"I was a student here and had to put on my CV to explain a gap in my employment history. The university itself is a good place to study. Great culture."

rather not say (Former Employee) says

"Seriously look elsewhere. Cons: if your face fits"

Medical demonstaor/research assistant (Current Employee) says

"very good and very cooperative staff and seniors. Very good and friendly environment and helpful clerical staff , ITstaff and all lab staff"

Grade 2 (Current Employee) says

"Bullying and victimisation are the norm here. Cons: Stay away if you want a happy life"

Lecturer (Former Employee) says

"Es gibt einen Mangel an Ressourcen für Dozenten, deren Geräte oft nicht funktionieren. Cons: keine Work-Life-Balance"

ESTATES WORKER (Current Employee) says

"Are you are a decent tradesman??? then Dont work here, do you like plenty of walking then work here,adhere to h&s?Lets move swiftly on...Are you used to supervisors/management knowing what they are doing? No chance here buddy,fancy getting promoted for so many years loyalty think again,overlooked for a yes man now we are talking,low morale,victimisation,backstabbing all institutionalized culture here,it cant be all bad can it look at the other reviews but this is estates dept,different mindset,(try finding a pair of ladders)one final point all other universities pay a lot higher salaries which is why I am looking for another job!!! Cons: Have you got a couple of hours"

PA & Business Support Officer (Former Employee) says

"Poor management & bullying. Lack of collaboration. Too much expected in hours available to work especially in part time roles requiring home working to catch up. A culture of ‘us’ & ‘them’ with academic & non academic staff. Little training & support available when I first joined and a blame culture. Cons: Long hours, bullying culture"

IT Manager (Former Employee) says

"Although there are many nationalities, there are only four distinct races in the University of Leeds. In reverse order the hierarchyb Cons: An Insidious and menacing work culture"

Senior Administrator (Current Employee) says

"University of Leeds has lots of in-house courses and training available to staff. Cons: Sheet volume of work"

Postgraduate Tutor (Former Employee) says

"A bureaucrats paradise, packed with nepotism and back-scratching alongside a healthy disdain for the struggles of early career scholars (outside of the 'clique' of patronage)."

Student Course Representative (Former Employee) says

"The university of Leeds does not support their graduate students and neglects their involvement in educating students. The management of the program is poor and their student meetings do not address issues that are brought up."

Adult Education Tutor (Former Employee) says

"I enjoyed working with adults who were returning to education. I enjoyed developing this area of work with supportive and interesting colleagues."

Student (Former Employee) says

"i went to university here and had to get several jobs order to pay my rent. it was quite competitive as it is a big university with lots of students. i did have fun meeting people and all of my employers were relaxed."

Lecturer (Part-time) says

"This is stressful work in academia. High level of admin tasks and very good planning skills required. Colleagues across University can provide support and mentoring."

Researcher (Former Employee) says

"Working for the University of Leeds for the last four years has been interesting and constructive. I have managed to develop as a researcher and prepared myself for the next step in my academic career."

Communications Officer (Former Employee) says

"A great place to work although it is very difficult to get anything done without first obtaining academic buy-in. This prevents the ability to manage projects or enhance the student experience unless all of the academic staff are agreed. Cons: low salary, procedures not always followed/established, under-resourced, lack of training"

IT BUSINESS ANALYST (Former Employee) says

"Good but not really flexible. The pace is very slow. There is too much governance so it is hard for a project to get traction. The most enjoyable part of working at the university is the fun environment."

Postdoctoral research assistant (Former Employee) says

"The management were selectively bullying people, especially my principal investigator who is a wonderful person. There was also an old PI who bullied and demeaned his postdocs without being reprimanded by anyone. There were many good and intelligent PIs who worked together and fostered collaborative effort."

Conference and Events Manager (Current Employee) says

"Very much like working for a local authority progression is not a given. The size of UOL dictates that some areas are great to work in and others are not. UOL can offer excellent opportunities to candidates willing to take advantage of sizeable training budgets in most areas. Cons: Long hours. Expensive parking."

Short term IT and Admin contract (Former Employee) says

"20 day contract. I was charged with transferring all of the physical chemistry undergraduate online assessments from Question Mark Perception onto the University's 'Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard)' as part of a new protocol instigated by the chemistry department to migrate all relevant module content outside of lectures to a single more convenient location which is linked with the students' University account. Cons: Not particularly hard or interesting"

Current Employee - Researcher says

"I have been working at University of Leeds part-time for more than 3 years Cons: the atmosphere is not stimulating"

Current Employee - Tutor says

"I have been working at University of Leeds full-time for more than a year Cons: Culture of exploitation and union disputes."

Former Employee - Research Scientist says

"I worked at University of Leeds full-time for more than 3 years Cons: Many PI's are happy to blame anything bad on you but steal any credit, they offer minimal support unless they like you on a personal level and have no shame bullying you in to quitting. The support given from HR is a total joke and just to tick boxes. They look after their PI's and to hell with early career scientists. DONT do a post-doc here."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at University of Leeds full-time for more than 3 years Cons: Terrible with protecting LGBTQ people Terrible protecting POC"

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at University of Leeds full-time for less than a year Cons: Some Managers bully and there is no mechanism to stop them so it is rife No staff support for those with learning disabilities Starting salaries are low Hierarchy system of staff creates a them and us situation The University is very left wing and very anti Brexit (rather than staying neutral) and political, social, religious views are not respected."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at University of Leeds full-time Cons: There is a huge bullying culture at the university that is completely accepted. There was little development of staff that I saw. The brightest and best people leave quickly to work elsewhere."

Former Employee - Lecturer says

"I worked at University of Leeds full-time for more than 3 years Cons: School of Education is awful. Terrible management, ad hoc policies and practices implemented to intimidate and bully people, do not value anyone other than professors. Loads of staff on long term sick and management still ignore this. Very difficult to do research as junior staff overloaded with teaching. Incredibly bureaucratic and slow processes, no chance for innovation - high staff turnover and terrible parking"


"I worked at University of Leeds Cons: Lots of individuals with selfish agendas. Very few opportunities for career advancement. Hostile work environment."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at University of Leeds full-time for more than 3 years Cons: Professors with grants are like dinosaurs here, they do whatever they want to without giving any consideration to the careers of people working for them. They bully and harass the employees by putting all the blame on them even though the students and other staff are hired without their consent. At least my experience was such."

Former Employee - Administrative says

"I worked at University of Leeds full-time for more than a year Cons: Poor communication across teams and departments. Lack of progression in certain teams. Many staff have been there so long they are unwilling to change or look for ways to improve working."

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