The university makes you understand that getting involved and communicating with each other is really important. Management is really helpful and the general atmosphere makes you feel valued and welcome. They never let you down and that's really enjoyable.
The work load and general job get a little hectic and stressful during busy times but it is nothing out of the ordinary. It just take organisation to cope with it and some help from colleagues.
Senior management is really understanding and they make you feel important. That's not something you get everyday!
The job is brilliant, they have great structures to work and teach in and the work balance is perfect. The job doesn't take the place of your life but you still feel like spending as much time as possible at the university and in the labs for exemple. Colleagues are great and there's a very good atmosphere. The job is elating and challenging (in a very good way) and the people are friendly.
Apart from the weather which is really not engaging in Cardiff (how can it rain that much?) and the fact that the work with the different schools is not very well organised and planned, there's not much to complain about.
Great working environment and world-class equipments
Cardiff as a location is a real plus. It's great to be beside the sea and there's a really nice seafront with it. And also some nice city parks. The university itself is also a generally pleasant environment to work in. The good working relationships means that there's a good vibe to work in. Also another rmajor plus is the actual research which is of a very high standard, with international recognition
Fixed term contracts are very demotivating because once the term is up it's over – they don't offer any extensions to them and that can be dispiriting and then it can be hard to feel excited by the research when you are not going to be a part of it long-term. More funding for the research is also an issue
It would be unusual to get a permanent research contract unfortunately