Birmingham City University Reviews

Updated 9 Sep 2020

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3.5
71%
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90%
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Birmingham City University Vice-Chancellor Graham Upton
Graham Upton
18 Ratings
Pros
  • "High wage, friendly staff, interaction with different groups of students(in 4 reviews)

  • "For example if you had lectures in the morning you could take the afternoon shift instead(in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Senior management could improve their relation to the educational staff(in 6 reviews)

  • "But of course some hard work is to be expected(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "student"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Technician 

    I worked at Birmingham City University full-time

    Pros

    great work experience had a wonderful time

    Cons

    none to mention everything is great

  2. "Disrespected peer tutors"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Peer Tutor in Birmingham, England
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Birmingham City University part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The salary was good for a student, however refused to furlough

    Cons

    The team is unprofessional at a times and hostile. Unprofessional colleagues/managers who were rude and disrespectful.

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  3. "Welcome Team"

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Welcome Team in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Birmingham City University part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Good wage as a student - Easy job - Self development: opportunity to increase your interpersonal skills and confidence by successfully engaging with over 200 students and parents - Management were very understanding, had the opportunity to pick shifts in accordance to your current availability. For example if you had lectures in the morning you could take the afternoon shift instead. - Management were fair. On one occasion we worked very late and the shift finished later than expected. Management made it up to us by buying us a drink (for those that drink) and pizza all round. - Management were friendly and helpful

    Cons

    - Some shifts involved manual lifting to help students move into their new flats. But of course some hard work is to be expected

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  4. "Bullying"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Professional in Birmingham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Birmingham City University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    City Centre location and transport links.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the IT function at BCU was highly dysfunctional due to poor management and the bullying culture they established. As there has been a change of leadership hopefully the culture has changed.

  5. "Great exoerience"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Demonstrator in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Birmingham City University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Alll staff great I'm v happy

    Cons

    Can't think If any. It's just good good good

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  6. Helpful (3)

    "BCU must do vastly better if any chance of moving up 'league table' ladders"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Visiting Lecturer in Birmingham, England
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Birmingham City University part-time

    Pros

    • Wonderfully friendly and helpful support staff (e.g. IT, HR, library, catering, admin etc). • Adjacent multi-story car park. • Campus lies next to Aston University.

    Cons

    • Want to hire best possible expertise at the lowest possible rate (beware!) – e.g. professor or assistant professor grade of person given a lecturer’s rate. • Payment only for time spent lecturing – no payment for time spent with preparation, setting up or marking (can drive a £37.4/hr rate down to less than minimum wage). • No reimbursement of expenses – e.g. travelling time and cost, car park charges. • Dumping marking responsibilities onto visiting lecturers for work set by full-time staff (grossly unethical exploitation). • Some amateurish and professionally unqualified academic staff (even a Prof without a doctorate!) holding the belief they know better. Leadership failure • No departmental induction training to H&S or IT systems or how to get paid – have to sort it out yourself in your own (unpaid) time (thankfully a very helpful IT Dept). • Ignorance (slovenly at best) by academic staff of data protection (GDPR) regulations - seemingly no training has been given through absence of effective leadership. • Poor student discipline and motivation arising from absence of effective course leadership. • Technical standards taught are not applicable in the UK e.g. ASTM instead of British .Standards. • Course teaching not up to date with current standards of professional practice – duty of care failure?

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  7. "BCU Student demonstrator varied years"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Demonstrator in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Birmingham City University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great experience into the work of lectures, constantly learning on the job, making use of spare time by helping other students fulfil their ambitions in the modules and help each student get on the correct path of learning on each module i worked on.

    Cons

    sometimes their would be few people in the class to to sufficient work, pay wasn't always on time

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  8. "Good Company"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - H R Administrator in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people made it. Also was nice to see the positive impact your work indirectly had on the students

    Cons

    High staff turnover in HR department

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  9. "Good"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Chemistry Teacher in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Birmingham City University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Thats is good facinating and outstanding

    Cons

    That is good and enCouraging

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  10. "Good"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Birmingham City University full-time

    Pros

    Some great teachers A lot of practice work

    Cons

    Some teachers don't care about your education.

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