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University of Birmingham Research Fellow Reviews

Updated 1 March 2018
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  • "No cons to working at University of Birmingham" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Difficult to get a permanent position" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Birmingham, England

    I have been working at University of Birmingham (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, nice location, beautiful campus

    Cons

    NOT very well supported


  2. "Post doc in Dept of Biosciences"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Birmingham, England
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brillant place to work. Lovely university campus and city. Did my PhD and post doc here. Highly recommended. Brillant people, lots of support and opportunities available.

    Cons

    Biosciences building a bit dated but situated in the centre of campus. Because the university is located close to hospital the traffic is awful getting to and from work. Also parking is a major issue however the train station is very close and convenient.

  3. "Research fellow at Mechanical Engineering"

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Birmingham, England

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

    Pros

    Freindly people; Good students;

    Cons

    Poor administration and management; Poor working conditions - roof leaking, ancient furniture, moulded carpet;


  4. "A favorable and friendly work place"

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    Current Contractor - Research Fellow in Birmingham, England
    Current Contractor - Research Fellow in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lively work place with multi-cultural work environment.
    Availability of re-deployment for employee.
    Opportunity to learn and teach at the same time.

    Cons

    Short term contracts are not susceptible to extensions, which sometimes leads works to be left incomplete.

    Advice to Management

    I have no immediate advice to the management, as this is a university.


  5. "Communication & Leadership Issues"

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    Current Contractor - Research Fellow in Birmingham, England
    Current Contractor - Research Fellow in Birmingham, England
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    - Flexible working conditions (including ability to work from home)

    Cons

    - My promised time allocation took 5 months from agreed increase to an increase appearing in my salary. The communication on this issue was misleading and rectifying the situation unnecessarily slow.


  6. "Being a postdoc is never easy"

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    Former Contractor - Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Former Contractor - Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Birmingham as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible time, salary increases every year. Got to work in research and meet very interesting people internationally.

    Cons

    Short contract, no way of staying there, very competitive environment, did not get to work in what I wanted but only got to do a little bit of everything that nobody else wanted to do (including taking care of students).

    Advice to Management

    People are very unhappy in stressful and competitive environments.


  7. "Senior Research Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Fellow in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Senior Research Fellow in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working, many Holidays, great Pension

    Cons

    Growth can be slow. Good Publication history required.

  8. "Needs Improvement"

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Birmingham, England

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

    Pros

    Freedom and creativity to explore research interests outside of projects in the research portfolio.

    Cons

    Lack of trained post-docs and research management staff. Bureaucratic red tape which makes green-lighting anything in a timely fashion nearly impossible.


  9. "research fellow"

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow
    Current Employee - Research Fellow
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People here are nice and helpful. You can conduct you research independently and with freedom.

    Cons

    Basically, UoB is a very good place to work, there is no cons coming up to my mind.


  10. "Research Fellow"

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    Current Contractor - Research Fellow in Birmingham, England
    Current Contractor - Research Fellow 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

    I have to admit, my supervisor was one of the main reasons I stayed at UoB as he is a great boss. The campus is beautiful and the job is laid back and flexible.

    Cons

    The biggest drawback is the fixed term contracts. The longest contract term I have had is 6 months and extending my contract is pain as there is a lot of red tape and HR don't seem to handle the situation seriously enough. Can be bad for morale.

    Advice to Management

    Management really need to improve communication channels between academic supervisors, HR and the finance team to ensure contracts are not needlessly left to expire.