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University of Birmingham Research Fellow Reviews

Updated 13 December 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible working, many Holidays, great Pension (in 11 reviews)

  • Very beautiful campus in Birmingham (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • 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. "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. "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.


  3. "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.


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  5. "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.


  6. "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.


  7. "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.


  8. "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.


  9. "Prestigious place to work"

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Prestigious red brick institution to work in
    Looks good on CV

    Cons

    Lots of red tape if you wish to progress

    Advice to Management

    More defined career path


  10. "Poor Management"

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

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

    Pros

    The research and support staff are great, the academic standards are also top class

    Cons

    Poor estate services and terrible upper level management seem to leave a bitter taste on every contact. University seems more about profit than improving the staff/student/research experience.


  11. "Awesome, simply awesome."

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

    Great university, I spent 8 years there as a student before working here after going away elsewhere. The campus is beautiful, and calm and peaceful with an academic feel. Everyone is friendly, it has a great reputation and does some truly great science.

    Cons

    As with all academic jobs it is difficult to fine a permanent position here but that's to be expected. The pay is average for the type of work but not low. I honestly find it tricky to find any downsides.

    Advice to Management

    extra guidance to non permanent members of staff would be good.