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I'm a postdoc in a life sciences lab. But to the admins we're just "users". We are the driving force for university rankings and position, and yet they make our lives more difficult at almost every step. CORE, the main admin/purchasing platform, is worst I have seen, compared to the 3 other universities I have worked at. While the "bottom of the totem pole" IT and finance people might be trying to help, they are tied up by ridiculous policies that are there to justify the positions and salaries of the upper management. I fear more universities are becoming like this, turning into the business model.
death by admin
I loved working at the University of Birmingham. I had great colleagues, an excellent manager who genuinely was great at his job. And the environment was so big and fun, there were always new and interesting tasks and new people to meet every day.
Excellent working environment
Maybe more pay would have been nice.
Like most universities UoB was a collaborative workplace. There was a good work ethic with the team caring about delivery and quality of delivery. Comms with other teams was good.
Relaxed working environment
Lack of project delivery discipline at times
The University of Birmingham's employment system 'Worklink' is one of the most ineffective schemes I have ever come across. Ultimately this boils down to a confused and hopelessly convoluted computer finance system 'New Core', which leaves the Worklink team helpless in the face of mass numbers of employees not receiving pay and taking months to set up new roles. If this were taking place in any major non-university institution there would be uproar, however as the majority of people affected are students and temporary workers, this is given little priority.
Overall it's quite a laid back culture. A lot of people are attracted to work here because of the job security, good pension, and flexible working. There's a lot to love about working here, including the beautiful campus; however, everything feels quite slow paced (requests take weeks or months rather than days or hours) which is great for a low-pressured working environment but frustrating when you want something done. There's lots of opportunities to move around within the university. Good transport links with on campus parking, train station, and bus stops. I enjoy my time at UoB and would happily recommend others to work here.
In my experience working at UoB was a negative one. Competition was fierce and I was expected to work 24/7 (ideally), but with no acknowledgement of the time and effort put in. There is a lot of corruption going on here, unfortunately this is the case across the UK academic institutions and UoB is no exception. The pay scale for academics is very good.
not a friendly environment
• Mentored 15 students on the Selly Oak Project 2019 for Touchbase-Sense. • Implemented new business strategies which improved the profitability of the business. • Led a campaign event for Touch Base-Sense to encourage more programmes to help young children.
Great place to work, flexible working arrangement, great work colleagues. Can be frustrating at times but the pace of work is just right but can get busy depending on time of year. Brilliant number of holidays no other organisation can compete with unless its another uni. Would recommend...
I was a programme administrator in the Programmes Office, School of Education. The two grade 6 managers in there rule the place with an iron fist and stifle the productivity of their programme admins. The sooner the two of them retire the better. Senior management/ learning and teaching manager doesn't realise how low morale is and how well we work when we're just left to it. The two of them are a blockage in the chain of command and stop things being reported to academics and real senior management.