19 March 2008
Lincoln officially a great place to be an academic
The University of Lincoln is one of the top 30 universities in Great Britain to work for, according to the first University Quality of Life survey.
The survey, commissioned by Times Higher Education and conducted by the Halifax, compiled the index based on factors relating to universities and their surrounding areas. As well as the average academic salary and terms of employment, the survey considered other factors academics are now considering when moving institutions, such as average house prices, weekly hours of sunshine, traffic flows and the level of house burglaries in the area local to the university.
The University of Lincoln has been proactive in promoting itself as “lifestyle friendly”. Its promotional video on its website shows the institution at its best and features staff talking about why they fell in love with the university and the city.
The University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor David Chiddick, was quoted in the Times Higher Education feature about the findings.
He says: “We have recruited eminent people from Yale and Durham. Academics have since followed them, inspired by their presence. We have found we are no longer having problems getting able professors.
Based on his experience of interviewing academics he adds: "Their questions tend to revolve around lifestyle matters such as car parking, housing and good schools.
"We've come up with a personal benefits package for our staff that reflects how seriously we take their concerns."
Bucks New University topped the table of 121 universities and colleges, with the University of Lincoln ranking 29th.
The full Times Higher Education article can be found at: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=400938
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