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University of Birmingham Reviews

Updated 3 Apr 2020

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University of Birmingham Chancellor Karan Bilimoria
Karan Bilimoria
50 Ratings
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  • "No cons come to mind, I really enjoyed working as a Student Ambassador(in 6 reviews)

  • "Short term contracts are not susceptible to extensions, which sometimes leads works to be left incomplete(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Birmingham, England
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Birmingham full-time

    Pros

    High-level university. Great labs and scientists.

    Cons

    Complex service for postgraduate coming from a different system. Too many IT limitations for PhD students

    University of Birmingham2020-04-03
  2. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Birmingham, England
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    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Birmingham full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment Excellent management Keen to support staff development Very flexible hours

    Cons

    Salary slightly lower than market value Fixed term contract

    University of Birmingham2020-03-09
  3. "Okay Job to Earn While Studying"

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    Former Employee - Postgraduate Teaching Assistant 
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    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Birmingham part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Pay was good, job scope was manageable.

    Cons

    The payment system was confusing. It changed almost every year.

    University of Birmingham2020-03-19
  4. "Would recommend"

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    Former Employee - Research Technician 
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Birmingham full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Salary, people, working environment, culture, decency

    Cons

    (i) Personally felt creatively restricted in the role. I.e. lack of academic freedom. However, I understand that the university is limited in this respect by the ethical obligation to only execute work specified by charity grants. (ii) Academic hierarchy & intragroup competition. Not unique to this university, and inescapable in academia.

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    University of Birmingham2020-03-04
  5. "good"

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

    I have been working at University of Birmingham full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good salary, nice city, car park easy

    Cons

    normal life, boring, but good for research

    University of Birmingham2020-02-27
  6. "EXCELLENT"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Birmingham, England
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Birmingham full-time

    Pros

    First of all, he provided me with a good hardware environment such as a good learning space and a lot of physical electronic book resources. Tutors always can give good guidance.

    Cons

    There are few opportunities to communicate with students who are from different universities or organizations.

    University of Birmingham2020-02-20
  7. "Reception"

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    Current Employee - Receptionist in Birmingham, England

    I have been working at University of Birmingham part-time

    Pros

    Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Students taking problems out on receptionist

    University of Birmingham2020-03-04
  8. "Great place to work during the summer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    I worked at University of Birmingham full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Jobs for students give good pay. Colleagues very supportive and training was good. Was overall a very enjoyable summer job.

    Cons

    Sometimes a little bit stressful or difficult

    University of Birmingham2020-02-18
  9. "Good Summer Gig"

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    Former Employee - English for Academic Purposes Tutor in Birmingham, England
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    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Birmingham full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    As an EAP Tutor you have a great deal of control over your own schedule. Co-workers and management were great, CPD not a hassle, and solid pay for the amount of effort.

    Cons

    It's seasonal work, so if you have the opportunity it's a good job but it'll only last 2 months.

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    University of Birmingham2020-03-02
  10. "Should be something you really love"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Birmingham, England
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Birmingham full-time

    Pros

    Making a difference Inspiring young people Predictable holidays (although everything is more expensive to do in them, and large portions will be spent winding down or up from the term) Job security Clear progression routes Predictable pay Not dependent on manipulating people into liking you Moral Sick pay, pension, maternity/paternity leave (which does not affect your career in any way) Routine, although no day is ever the same!

    Cons

    Requires a lot of time to do well, not 8:30-3:30 as a lot of people assume Intense and tiring if done well Low salary considering time and education level Requires clearly unnecessary paperwork Can be high pressure as it’s important but ultimately your performance assessment depends on unpredictable children! (“Never work with children or animals.”) Easy to burnout Frustration with lazy colleagues as you will probably have to pick up the slack Seems easy enough because everyone was at school so they think they know what you do

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    University of Birmingham2020-03-02
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