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University of Birmingham Student Reviews

Updated 1 December 2017
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  • 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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    "PhD Student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reputable university.
    Good access to computers, brand new library, lovely campus.
    Successful student societies and sports groups

    Cons

    A lot of building appears to be more for commerce than for the students.


  2. "Love Brum"

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    Former Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Birmingham full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Independent researcher
    Birmingham is a good city

    Cons

    Independent researcher
    Sometimes the undergraduates make getting a coffee difficult.

    Advice to Management

    None


  3. "Chemical Engineering Student"

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    Current Employee - Chemical Engineering Student in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Chemical Engineering Student in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great staff and facilities at UoB. Lots of development work is currently being undertaken which will benefit the University in the long term,

    Cons

    Very varied experience across departments and schools on campus. Uni life is what people make of it here as there as clubs and societies for everyone to get involved in.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to increase study space in accordance with current development rates as it can often be difficult to find study rooms or computers on campus.


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  5. "Great place to work, very friendly and supportive."

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    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Birmingham, England
    Recommends

    I worked at University of Birmingham part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, friendly staff and good pay.

    Cons

    As a part time Student Ambassador I had no problems working for them.


  6. "Student Ambassador"

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    Current Employee - Student
    Current Employee - Student
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    - Great Manager
    - The pay is good

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons.


  7. "Student Ambassador"

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    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Very flexible, can chose when you want to work
    - Quite easy work for decent salary

    Cons

    - Can be very difficult to get shifts


  8. "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.


  9. "Demonstrator at the School of Chemical Engineering"

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    Former Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A good salary (around £11/hour) and the chance to learn/refresh your knowledge in various subjects related to Chemical Engineering. You get closer to lecturers and professors and also to the student community.

    Cons

    Sometimes the tutorials assistance is proposed in very short time and you cannot properly prepare the material, or sometimes the material given is not enough as to confidently assist the students on their questions.

    Advice to Management

    Find a solid, stable procedure to pay the demonstrators, as every academic year or even term the payment method used to change.


  10. "Postgraduate Teaching Assistant"

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    Current Contractor - PhD Research Student in Birmingham, England
    Current Contractor - PhD Research Student 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

    Flexible hours, with challenging and engaging work with undergraduates and faculty.
    Interesting topics to cover and good lab infrastructure.
    Good pay rate.

    Cons

    There is not a guarantee of employment, as it depends on the modules being offered in a particular term.
    Sometimes the modules take more time to prepare than anticipated.

    Advice to Management

    The way that contracts and payments are managed could be very much improved, as it seems to change every term, and that creates anxiety and confusion amongst PGTAs.


  11. "Student Ambassador"

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    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Birmingham, England
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    It is a good pay

    Cons

    The shifts are usually quite long