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University of Birmingham PhD Reviews

Updated 12 September 2017
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  • No cons to working at University of Birmingham (in 3 reviews)

  • Bureaucratic red tape which makes green-lighting anything in a timely fashion nearly impossible (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "PhD Student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well structured EngD program with strong connection with several multinational companies. The attendance of modules and conferences help to develop both your professional and inter-personal skills

    Cons

    Some of the EngD students are located in different locations in the UK depending on the company they are currying out their research in. This sometimes makes difficult to integrate with the other fellows based at the university

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the extraordinary work that your doing within the EngD program.


  2. "PhD"

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    Former Employee - PhD Researcher in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - PhD Researcher in Birmingham, England

    I worked at University of Birmingham full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A highly ranked university, access to a lot of equipment

    Cons

    as a PhD student, don't get supervision often enough, in my particular department (met and mat)


  3. "Overall good location, depending your previous experience"

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed environment supportive staff. Amazing campus with many facilities. Good labs
    You can work from home, as the department will give you a laptop. Good international mix of people.

    Cons

    Sometimes, groups of international students will create a micro group and talk in their own language as it is easier not to speak in English. That results into same country collaborations which is a negative experience for people that have experienced that kind of discrimination. Sometimes there are double standards and you might lose a new position due to personal relations, even if you are more qualified.


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  5. "Demonstrator at the School of Chemical Engineering"

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    Former Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Birmingham part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A good salary (around £11/hour) and the chance to learn/refresh your knowledge in various subjects related to Chemical Engineering. You get closer to lecturers and professors and also to the student community.

    Cons

    Sometimes the tutorials assistance is proposed in very short time and you cannot properly prepare the material, or sometimes the material given is not enough as to confidently assist the students on their questions.

    Advice to Management

    Find a solid, stable procedure to pay the demonstrators, as every academic year or even term the payment method used to change.


  6. "Postgraduate Teaching Assistant"

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    Current Contractor - PhD Research Student in Birmingham, England
    Current Contractor - PhD Research Student in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Birmingham as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, with challenging and engaging work with undergraduates and faculty.
    Interesting topics to cover and good lab infrastructure.
    Good pay rate.

    Cons

    There is not a guarantee of employment, as it depends on the modules being offered in a particular term.
    Sometimes the modules take more time to prepare than anticipated.

    Advice to Management

    The way that contracts and payments are managed could be very much improved, as it seems to change every term, and that creates anxiety and confusion amongst PGTAs.


  7. "Challenging but rewarding environment!"

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    Current Employee - PhD Researcher
    Current Employee - PhD Researcher
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    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, good collaborations with industry, world class research, nice staff, flexible hours, plenty of opportunities to learn and develop

    Cons

    Research funding shortage, not many academic opportunities available, the reputation was declining but I hope it will recover soon


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    "Enlightening and very enjoyable"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a brilliant university with many leading academics. It is set in beautiful grounds and not too far away from the centre of Birmingham which has everything you could possibly need

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the university does seem to acquire the necessary funds to complete all of the research it would like, and so competition from money is fierce.


  9. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - PhD in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - PhD in Birmingham, England
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    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of Birmingham full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues, supportive atmosphere, beautiful campus, very affordable living cost in Birmingham

    Cons

    Research funding shortage, second tier research (but still good quality, just not Oxbridge class)

    Advice to Management

    More brand marketing, public exposure, and bring higher class talents in with competitive salary.


  10. "PhD at University of Birmingham"

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    Current Employee - PhD in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - PhD in Birmingham, England
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    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great University, great professors in the Physics department.

    Cons

    There should be more cooperation with other Universities


  11. "As a PhD student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good university with nice staff, very great teaching quality

    Cons

    Short of funds due to the reduction from the government

    Advice to Management

    more effiecient will be better