University of Birmingham Reviews

Updated 14 May 2021

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University of Birmingham Chancellor Karan Bilimoria
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79 Ratings
Pros
  • "Excellent annual leave days and flexible working(in 33 reviews)

  • "Jobs for students give good pay(in 33 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Working on short-term contracts can be stressful(in 8 reviews)

  • "Fixed term contracts, slow descision making(in 5 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

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      14 May 2021 - PhD Student in Birmingham, England, England
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      Pros

      Lovely campus, Great facilities, great university

      Cons

      I can't think of any downsides

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee

      good place

      14 May 2021 - Researcher in Birmingham, England, England
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      Pros

      friendly people all around, responsive admin

      Cons

      can't think of any at the moment

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee

      great pay for student casual worker

      12 May 2021 - Student in Birmingham, England, England
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      Pros

      - great pay -flexible hours Understanding of student commitments

      Cons

      -15 hour max limit during term time

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great place

      13 May 2021 - Lecturer in Birmingham, England, England
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      Pros

      Highly professional and supportive colleagues Good salary Progression

      Cons

      - management could be more supportive to staff’s mental health

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Warm, welcoming and room to hone skills

      10 May 2021 - Lecturer 
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      Pros

      A truly global and cosmopolitan campus culture

      Cons

      Lack of prestige in comparison to other red brick UK unis

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    6. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Good employer, bad administration.

      10 May 2021 - Research Assistant 
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      Pros

      Pays well and not managed too directly

      Cons

      Administration is slow within the university and it can take a while to get the contract/pay information.

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    7. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Left after three years

      21 Apr 2021 - Senior Lecturer in Birmingham, England, England
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      Pros

      Some really great colleagues, especially in the admin staff. Among academic staff, everyone is in for his own -no colleagiality whatsoever.

      Cons

      Lots of backstabbing and outdated processes. Management seems to work on outdated assumptions, rumors, and the idea that employees are fungible assets. For example, when I got an offer from another place and asked Birmingham for a counteroffer, the salary of the counteroffer was computed under the "assumption" that I had bought a house in the area and would need to sell it.

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    8. 3.0
      Current Employee

      It's a job

      11 May 2021 - Research Fellow in Birmingham, England, England
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      Pros

      Decent pay, acceptable cost of living

      Cons

      Lots of bureaucracy, equipment and buildings could be better

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    9. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Good place to work with drawbacks

      1 Mar 2021 - Lecturer 
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      Pros

      The senior management team of the Business School is great. There is a vision around sustainability, equality, diversity and inclusion. The new strategy around smaller MSc programmes will improve the value that students receive from their education. The general atmosphere in the business school is supportive and collegial.

      Cons

      Increasing workload for academic staff. Administrative burden for lecturers is continuously increasing and support from the professional services teams is declining. Low quality of administrative support is leading to even higher workload as academics have to constantly double check and follow up with professional services. Processes for processes sake. There is a new form to fill in and a new process to follow almost every week. Unfortunately, the main point - providing high quality education and research - can get lost together with common sense. In addition to these general issues during the Corona crisis it felt that academics were not supported and workloads were increased over night. This is unlikely to be temporary.

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    10. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Recommend

      9 May 2021 - Administrative in Birmingham, England, England
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      Pros

      Fun and engaging place to work

      Cons

      payment takes a long time to come through

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