Great summer job, learnt loads of new skills and was flexible to take the work in any direction we wanted
Sometimes working with staff was a slow process
I have been working at University of Birmingham full-time (More than a year)
Really good university and environment to work in. With huge potential and loads of great scientists and fresh minds. Cooperation between staff is usually really good and there are loads of opportunities of collaborations and high end science. Research facilities throughout the university is very good and it is rarely needed to search a different institution for sample analysis.
Lately investments are mainly focused in projects aimed to attract students such as a new library, sports center etc and not in more high caliber staff and equipment, which results in a drop in rankings due to poorer student/staff ratio. At the same time, instrument repair takes time since the university is reluctant to pay even in cases they know what the problem is and the problems arising. As a result instrument waiting time increases and data production takes far longer than normal.
Advice to Management
Invest in people and new trends like Big Data. The university needs to bring in more fresh minds and ideas rather than buildings and use the money saved to offer better salaries and benefits to current and prospective staff.
I worked at University of Birmingham part-time (Less than a year)
Working in a prestigious university like Birmingham has been great for my career. I was given good training and support throughout my time there.
No specific cons to be honest, it was all pretty good.
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I worked at University of Birmingham full-time (More than a year)
good facilities for clinical research
difficult progression through career. Clinically oriented environment.
Advice to Management
Need to advise and assist with career progression
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