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Birmingham City University Reviews

Updated 14 April 2018
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  1. "Birmingham student homes (Bcu)"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Casual/Part Time Assistant in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Casual/Part Time Assistant in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team , friendly, approachable and always willing to help out. Great pay for students.

    Cons

    Can be intensive and multiple tasks required to be carried out.

    As I take students to view properties around Birmingham this can be a physical demanding role requiring lots of walking in and out of buildings in all weather conditions.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and continue recruiting students .


  2. "Administrator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Birmingham City University full-time

    Pros

    The pay is OK. The hours are just core hours really for the most part. It should technically be a do-able job (see cons).

    Cons

    Restructuring and past cliques made this an unhappy place to work, not just for myself but for others. I saw many people leave and much changeover where I was. One of the worst atmospheres I have ever worked in.

    That being said, experiences can vary since there are many departments in Birmingham City University.

    Advice to Management

    Be willing to work as a community in order to get things done and be practical. It is not just about defending your position and playing the blame game. The culture that has been created is toxic.

  3. "Visiting Tutor"

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    Current Employee - Visiting Lecturer
    Current Employee - Visiting Lecturer
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, Friendly staff, Nice facilities.

    Cons

    Not much guidance in advance


  4. "Reasearch"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Flexible working hours available to you.

    Cons

    - It's BCU. It's an ok place.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job with the course quality.


  5. "Worst place I've ever worked!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There really aren't any.

    Cons

    Lack of management support. Inexperienced senior management. Bullying of staff is rife and is encouraged by HR. Disorganised. Work-life balance is shocking, I've seen staff having to respond to emails from their sickbed. Blame culture. Unable to adhere to regulations, meaning nothing ever gets done. Definite "us and them" or "upstairs downstairs" attitude between academics and professional services staff (otherwise known as "the admin"). Nepotism is rife, people promote their friends. Managers suck up to academics, especially the Z List "celebrities". Nasty place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the poisonous academics and senior management and sack HR.


  6. "PGCE at BCU? Avoid!!"

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

    Pros

    This University is an absolute joke! The course leaders are literally getting you to enrol onto their PGCE courses when the reality is there aren’t any available jobs in the current market for the PGCE you are doing.

    Cons

    Deceptive course leaders who enrol you onto the course. No real job prospects for the PGCE you are doing. For example, in further education, no placements are actually available on the course for 95% of subjects and neither will you find jobs advertised in the current market for these jobs you are studying to specialise in.

    Completely ignorant to mental health issues from the bottom to the top of the hierarchy. Absolute disgrace! They will all stick together as all they care about is lining their pockets! You will need to wait 3 months as a minimum to access any counselling and your mental health issues will be brushed under the carpet.

    The module tutors are not available on campus as we are told that they “are not based on site”. So what are we paying nearly 10 grand for?!! Lecture slides are not made available on site. Good luck trying to find a reading list when you start! Complete lack of organisation. Such a shambles of a University! DO NOT waste your time!!

    There are better universities in the region. I know Wolverhampton has weekly scheduled meetings with a mentor. The Uni of Bham have much better ratings than BCU. Do not be fooled by course leaders at BCU Open Days!!

    Advice to Management

    Stop conning your prospective students by lining your pockets regardless of how it gets to you. You’re not offering your students any real prospects. Wake up and look at your TEF rating to come back to reality.


  7. "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!

  8. "Admin Review"

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    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.


  9. "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


  10. "Demonstrator"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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