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University of Birmingham PhD Student Reviews

Updated 1 December 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
    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reputable university.
    Good access to computers, brand new library, lovely campus.
    Successful student societies and sports groups

    Cons

    A lot of building appears to be more for commerce than for the students.


  2. "Love Brum"

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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 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Independent researcher
    Birmingham is a good city

    Cons

    Independent researcher
    Sometimes the undergraduates make getting a coffee difficult.

    Advice to Management

    None


  3. "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.


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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. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  8. "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


  9. "Very rewarding working together with so many great peopls."

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

    Pros

    People from various backgrounds interact strongly with each other trying to produce high quality work. In addition the university is placed within a beautiful campus which lends itself easily for great lunch breaks.

    Cons

    There are some instances where you cannot understand how certain parts of the management get it wrong so badly. It sometimes feels like an industry not like a not-for-profit organisation.

    Advice to Management

    I know that the management is trying to improve things, but I believe that a much closer interaction between the management and the people working at the University must be maintained.