Birmingham City University Reviews

Updated 13 Jun 2020

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3.4
69%
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88%
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Birmingham City University Vice-Chancellor Graham Upton
Graham Upton
16 Ratings
Pros
  • "High wage, friendly staff, interaction with different groups of students(in 4 reviews)

  • "Great team , friendly, approachable and always willing to help out(in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Senior management could improve their relation to the educational staff(in 6 reviews)

  • "Senior Executive (Academics) very hard to work with and reluctant to take on useful ideas(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Good"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemistry Teacher in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Birmingham City University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Thats is good facinating and outstanding

    Cons

    That is good and enCouraging

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  2. Helpful (1)

    "BCU must do vastly better if any chance of moving up 'league table' ladders"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Visiting Lecturer in Birmingham, England
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Birmingham City University part-time

    Pros

    • Wonderfully friendly and helpful support staff (e.g. IT, HR, library, catering, admin etc). • Adjacent multi-story car park. • Campus lies next to Aston University.

    Cons

    • Want to hire best possible expertise at the lowest possible rate (beware!) – e.g. professor or assistant professor grade of person given a lecturer’s rate. • Payment only for time spent lecturing – no payment for time spent with preparation, setting up or marking (can drive a £37.4/hr rate down to less than minimum wage). • No reimbursement of expenses – e.g. travelling time and cost, car park charges. • Dumping marking responsibilities onto visiting lecturers for work set by full-time staff (grossly unethical exploitation). • Some amateurish and professionally unqualified academic staff (even a Prof without a doctorate!) holding the belief they know better. Leadership failure • No departmental induction training to H&S or IT systems or how to get paid – have to sort it out yourself in your own (unpaid) time (thankfully a very helpful IT Dept). • Ignorance (slovenly at best) by academic staff of data protection (GDPR) regulations - seemingly no training has been given through absence of effective leadership. • Poor student discipline and motivation arising from absence of effective course leadership. • Technical standards taught are not applicable in the UK e.g. ASTM instead of British .Standards. • Course teaching not up to date with current standards of professional practice – duty of care failure?

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  3. "BCU Student demonstrator varied years"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Demonstrator in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Birmingham City University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great experience into the work of lectures, constantly learning on the job, making use of spare time by helping other students fulfil their ambitions in the modules and help each student get on the correct path of learning on each module i worked on.

    Cons

    sometimes their would be few people in the class to to sufficient work, pay wasn't always on time

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  4. "Good Company"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - H R Administrator in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Birmingham City University full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people made it. Also was nice to see the positive impact your work indirectly had on the students

    Cons

    High staff turnover in HR department

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  5. "Good"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Birmingham City University full-time

    Pros

    Some great teachers A lot of practice work

    Cons

    Some teachers don't care about your education.

  6. "Birmingham City University Trainee Teacher"

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Commercial Operations Manager in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Birmingham City University full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very supportive and always put student welfare first.

    Cons

    Very unorganised at placing students in school.

  7. "Good Place to Work for a Student"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Demonstrator in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Birmingham City University part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    For the most part friendly staff, clean & pleasant work environment, good pay for student jobs, good sick-day (etc) agreements.

    Cons

    Some staff are hard to work with, uncooperative students can be frustrating, on-site food facilities can be expensive.

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  8. "Reception work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Birmingham, England

    I worked at Birmingham City University full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good salary and lots of great colleagues

    Cons

    Some managers not equipped and lots of restructuring in some departments

  9. "Not the nicest environment"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lecturer 

    I have been working at Birmingham City University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Changing the vision, hopefully heading to the right direction but slowely

    Cons

    very messy environment lots of teaching no focus on research

  10. "Interesting and innovative"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Communications Manager 

    I worked at Birmingham City University full-time

    Pros

    - great colleagues - interesting work - new buildings with access to trains

    Cons

    - lots of bureaucracy

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