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Avis sur The Open University

Dernière mise à jour : 4 octobre 2017
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  1. «A place in decline»

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    Ancien employé - Employé anonyme
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    Avantages

    I worked in several roles at the OU. Whereas I thought it was a good place in the beginning, that has changed over time and ended in a sad farewell. But first the good points:
    1) The infrastructure is nice,
    2) The secretaries at my department were always helpful and friendly
    3) The pay was good.

    Inconvénients

    Although I brought in a short-term research project and the funding that came with it, there was no appreciation for my work and after my temporary contract ended, they had no intention to rehire me. I had good prospects in getting future funding but they were not interested, fair enough.

    However, the not rehiring is not the worst part: during my time at the OU, I felt the whole time surrounded by people who had a permanent job and were clinging on to it. No initiative, comfortable in their position and not worried about junior members of staff. There should be a cleanup of older staff, it was surreal to see people get away with what they did (or actually did not).

    The OU has recently changed its strategy from research to mainly focused on teaching which has grave implications and although I am out of a job, I think it is good that I left and did not try to cling on.

    Another point of criticism is the fairly weak involvement of the OU in Milton Keynes. There are research projects but the OU is almost invisible in MK: The railway station is filled with ads for Bedford College, while the OU stays almost invisible. MK is a place with potential and the OU is just not taking all the chances.

    Conseils à la direction

    1) Get rid of old tired staff who are just clinging on to their position because of the security.
    2) When hiring somebody, make the contracts last longer. Having to worry where you will be in two months time is stressful and takes time away from the job.
    3) Appreciate the funding and impact that staff brings.
    4) get involved more in Milton Keynes.


  2. «Solid employer. Great work/life balance doing interesting things.»

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    Ancien employé - Employé anonyme - Milton Keynes, Angleterre (Royaume-Uni)
    Ancien employé - Employé anonyme - Milton Keynes, Angleterre (Royaume-Uni)
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    J'ai travaillé chez The Open University en Contrat Permanent (Plus d'un an)

    Avantages

    Work on the main campus with 1000s of other people means there's lots of other activities to get involved with, outside of hours and during lunch breaks and things like that. The massive campus population means you can always find someone to socialise with too, if you don't like your immediate departmental colleagues.

    It being a large University there are a lot of innovative projects/research taking place, so no doubt you will find yourself doing something you can get passionate about if you're working on the academic side of things. Even outside of academia, the institution is a bit of a world leader when it comes to distance learning, competition is getting stiffer now but this should only compel the OU on further.

    I found there was a great emphasis on work-life balance. The University-wide budget is being cut at the moment so you may find yourself laden with a little more work than before, but you should rarely be worked to the teeth.

    Decent opportunities for growth and development, sometimes you just gotta ask though. Lateral movement is also often available given the OU's sheer size, and with some quite kind firing policies you should find ample job protection/security.

    Great relationships with senior managers in my opinion who were accommodating, willing to help, approachable and supportive.

    Beautiful campus and surrounding greenery.

    Inconvénients

    Little boring sometimes. It's a bureaucratic beast so change can sometimes be slow but this is a key focus for improvement at the moment.

    The politics can also get tiresome sometimes, especially at the managerial levels, but this can easily enough be ignored.


  3. «Great organisation but go down hills now…»

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    Employé actuel - Business Data Analyst - Milton Keynes, Angleterre (Royaume-Uni)
    Employé actuel - Business Data Analyst - Milton Keynes, Angleterre (Royaume-Uni)

    Je travaille chez The Open University à plein temps (Pendant plus de 3 ans)

    Avantages

    Great people and very friendly colleagues, flexible working hours.

    Inconvénients

    Too slow to adapt change and challenges , therefore it is going down hill now


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  5. «Not the best»

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    Ancien employé - Employé anonyme
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    J'ai travaillé chez The Open University (Pendant plus de 10 ans)

    Avantages

    Pay, holidays, pretty flexible, colleagues

    Inconvénients

    Too commercial, bad management, lost sight of purpose

    Conseils à la direction

    Remember you are a university and students should come before useless systems and statistics


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    «Dubious Future»

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    Avantages

    Lovely people, great work life balance, family friendly, great physical environment.

    Inconvénients

    There is restructure after restructure yet the vision of the future of the OU has not been articulated. Morale is the lowest it has ever been and there is no trust between staff and management.

    Conseils à la direction

    Management is not the same as leadership. The OU needs leaders not managers. Articulate the vision for the future and inspire your staff to make it happen. Support them and they will deliver for you.


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    «Losing its way»

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    Employé actuel - Academic - Milton Keynes, Angleterre (Royaume-Uni)
    Employé actuel - Academic - Milton Keynes, Angleterre (Royaume-Uni)
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    Je travaille chez The Open University à plein temps (Pendant plus de 10 ans)

    Avantages

    Potential to keep alive its original core mission for social mobility and justice

    Inconvénients

    Senior management fail to embrace the mission or to understand the complexity and special features of how we operate, and make decisions that are flawed, sometimes fatally. There is a lack of a culture of incubating good ideas that arise from the practice of OU teaching and research.

    Conseils à la direction

    re-educate or clear out the ineffective senior management


  8. «Distance-learning university»

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    Employé actuel - PhD Student
    Employé actuel - PhD Student

    Je travaille chez The Open University à plein temps (Pendant plus de 3 ans)

    Avantages

    The OU is a big producer of educational content and at the forefront of technological development. It's distance-learning set-up makes the university more open to staff living away, which is great if you are willing to commute to the campus.

    Inconvénients

    The campus is not that easy to get to, and many of the departments have faculty and staff that commute from around the UK. This can make it difficult to get things done and can make it feel more isolating because few live around the campus.


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    «Chaotic, dispiriting»

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    Employé actuel - Lecturer - Milton Keynes, Angleterre (Royaume-Uni)
    Employé actuel - Lecturer - Milton Keynes, Angleterre (Royaume-Uni)
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    Je travaille chez The Open University à plein temps (Pendant plus de 8 ans)

    Avantages

    Lovely colleagues, working for a really large organisation with a strong social mission. This should be a perfect job.

    Inconvénients

    Unfortunately the social mission is nowhere to be found in management. Endless significant changes, huge army of 'project managers', lots of people employed to do stuff which is nothing to do with the core purpose of a university. Obsession with metrics and analytics while running frontline staff into the ground. This university flourished on the goodwill of its students and staff; sadly in recent years poor management has done away with both. For academics, large administrative load and reduction of research time - now driven by external income and REF.

    Conseils à la direction

    It's probably too late but please stop destroying everything that has worked for decades. Put ALs and the faculties back at the forefront and stop the drain of resources of FutureLearn and vanity projects. Stop appointing more business people and external consultants at £££s. Staff are still dealing with the fallout of faculty reorganisation, schools, regional closures, the disastrous GTP - I could go on.


  10. «Bureaucratic, top-heavy and lost its direction»

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    Je travaille chez The Open University à plein temps

    Avantages

    Based in growing vibrant city, not far from London and easy reach of countryside

    Inconvénients

    Too many bureaucratic people in a jobs-for-life mentality. Shuffling bits of paper, creating endless meetings and generally making things over complicated. The institution is trying to reinvent itself but doesn't know what direction to go in. Research is not valued, curriculum (and research) is unsustainable due to high overheads. It's been the golden child of UK higher education for a long time and generally had public money thrown at it with no questions asked, but now its time for a reality check!

    Conseils à la direction

    Set your strategic direction before rushing through a million parallel but disjointed change projects! Completely streamline yourselves and stop adding more and more overheads! Stop referring to people as grades! Bring in some fresh blood and cut the hangers-on (too many senior staff are only in their positions because they've spent over 20 years there and have no experience of working anywhere else) but then I guess they're too costly and problematic (unionised) to get rid off!


  11. «Great people»

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    Je travaille chez The Open University à plein temps (Plus d'un an)

    Avantages

    Love the people I work for

    Inconvénients

    Little chance of progression. Time of change so unsettling


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