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Birmingham City University Reviews

Updated 12 October 2017
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  1. "Admin Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Birmingham City University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great holidays, good pay, great atmosphere, wonderful colleagues, and generally keeps you busy.

    Cons

    Does have peaks and troughs in workloads.


  2. "Not a happy place - at the moment"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer
    Current Employee - Lecturer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Birmingham City University full-time

    Pros

    Bond between colleagues tend to be great.
    Fantastic potential....

    Cons

    Promotion opportunities are EXTREMELY limited and it's often seems to be who you know, not what you have achieved.
    Finances are a major problem across the university.
    Staff at the 'coalface' are bearing the brunt of this - significantly more work and higher targets with smaller budgets, bigger student numbers, pressure on facilities and space etc.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what the staff at the coalface are saying and act on it, rather than listening and saying there isn't anything that can be done!


  3. "Enterprise Development Executive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Birmingham City University (More than a year)

    Pros

    great atmosphere, supportive colleagues and good work life balance

    Cons

    there aren't really any cons


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  5. "Demonstrator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Birmingham City University part-time

    Pros

    Gives brilliant experince to students wanting experinince within the teaching field.

    Cons

    More direction given in how to deal with HR.


  6. "Administration at BCU"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer Administration in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Programmer Administration in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Birmingham City University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    BCU pays well compared to similar roles at other universities, I am currently receiving about £5k more than I would doing the same job at a different uni.
    nice new facilities and lots of investment in the campuses
    good collaboration between professional services and academics
    its a family and staff tend to work well together and form strong working relationships
    there is a big push on staff wellbeing

    All in all I am happy working at BCU, I have had a few different roles and opportunities for progression are limited within certain departments but opportunites are there if prepared to move role and department

    Cons

    lots of change over the last couple of years and about to gat our third VC in 18 months
    undergone a restructure which saw a lot of knowledge leave the uni which has created gaps
    Students are at the centre of everything (which is right) but can sometime prevent being able to do job effectively
    Personal development support is very much dependant on the department you work within - not consistent across all departments

    Advice to Management

    be more transparent with staff and listen to them more.
    Graham Upton has been a good interim VC and it is a shame he is not staying. it will be interesting to see what the new VC has in store


  7. "Student Radiographer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Birmingham City University full-time

    Pros

    University campus was in a good location. The student union Bar was of very good standard. They served good food at a good price.

    Cons

    Staff and lecturers were poor
    Standard of teaching was poor. Quality of modules was lacklustre.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the standard of teaching and conduct from the lecturers. Make content more engaging and take more account of student feedback.


  8. "Good job role"

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    Current Employee - Telephonist in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Telephonist in Birmingham, England

    I have been working at Birmingham City University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    perfect for students, based in Uni, lovely/helpful team

    Cons

    boring job role - repetitive


  9. Helpful (1)

    "work experience at BCU"

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    Former Employee - Retired Senior Administrator in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - Retired Senior Administrator in Birmingham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I worked with a good team in Academic Registry who supported each other, lower/middle management would always be available for any advice or help. I loved my time with BCU.

    Cons

    I found that senior management would use your experience and knowledge just to progress there own future with no regard to individuals or team.members welfare.

    Advice to Management

    advice to senior managers would be to not only listen to front line staff but support them. a happy team is a productive team.


  10. "Marketing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting projects, good people, flexible working, training opportunities

    Cons

    Clear promotion opportunities are lacking

    Advice to Management

    Create a reward based promotion/ bonus opportunity for those ambitious people within the organisation


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Student Ambassador"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Birmingham City University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice team
    Helpful staff
    Friendly environment
    Flexible

    Cons

    There are no real cons; everyone tends to enjoy working as a student ambassador


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