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University of Birmingham Research Assistant Reviews

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University of Birmingham Chancellor Karan Bilimoria
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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. "Chemical Engineering Summer Intern"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great summer job, learnt loads of new skills and was flexible to take the work in any direction we wanted

    Cons

    Sometimes working with staff was a slow process


  2. "Invest in People"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at University of Birmingham full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.


  3. "Learnt a lot and worked with great people"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working in a prestigious university like Birmingham has been great for my career. I was given good training and support throughout my time there.

    Cons

    No specific cons to be honest, it was all pretty good.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "mixed bag"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Birmingham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good facilities for clinical research

    Cons

    difficult progression through career. Clinically oriented environment.

    Advice to Management

    Need to advise and assist with career progression