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University of Birmingham 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. "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.


  2. "Great pay, very flexible"

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    Former Employee - Barista
    Former Employee - Barista
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent pay and flexible for students. The university restricts them from loading lots of hours onto us. Really nice people and well organised.

    Cons

    There really weren't any cons.


  3. "Great environment"

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    Current Employee - Site Assistant
    Current Employee - Site Assistant
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Really friendly people and lively environment. The accommodation village is quiet and has lots of greenery, making it a comfortable working environment. Also, the pay is excellent.

    Cons

    As it was a zero hours contract, there was no fixed number of hours for any given week, and the shifts could change at any time. Sometimes, there was confusion as to what tasks should be done, but nothing too major.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing that I can think of, I was always treated with respect and consideration. Keep up the good work.


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  5. "PhD Student"

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

    I have been working at University of Birmingham full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Well structured EngD program with strong connection with several multinational companies. The attendance of modules and conferences help to develop both your professional and inter-personal skills

    Cons

    Some of the EngD students are located in different locations in the UK depending on the company they are currying out their research in. This sometimes makes difficult to integrate with the other fellows based at the university

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the extraordinary work that your doing within the EngD program.


  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. "Good supportive place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Birmingham part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong support from the team, interesting work, good training and preparation in advance of starting the job. Kept well informed. Well treated and respected during my time there

    Cons

    Pay was not amazing, but was employed as a student so to be expected really.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. Job opportunities for students is great. Can't speak for what its like to work for the faculty as a full time member of staff though


  8. "goof place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Birmingham full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible in work time and extra university off days at Easter and Christmas holiday

    Cons

    most of the academic jobs are fixed term contracts


  9. "Academic researcher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Birmingham part-time

    Pros

    Excellent working space with kind, helpful, knowledgeable lecturers

    Cons

    Working environment in the lab was quiet. Everyone seemed to mind their own business

    Advice to Management

    Be more patient with entry level students in the lab


  10. "Overall good location, depending your previous experience"

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed environment supportive staff. Amazing campus with many facilities. Good labs
    You can work from home, as the department will give you a laptop. Good international mix of people.

    Cons

    Sometimes, groups of international students will create a micro group and talk in their own language as it is easier not to speak in English. That results into same country collaborations which is a negative experience for people that have experienced that kind of discrimination. Sometimes there are double standards and you might lose a new position due to personal relations, even if you are more qualified.


  11. "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.


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