As far as teaching and researching are concerned, the institution works very well and the facilities are good and available. The staff working at those is friendly and knowledgeable and there is generally a good atmostphere within the community. It is a place of knowledge and one enjoy having the opportunity to be part of it.
The internal part of the university (the one that has nothing to do with teaching or researching) leaves a lot to be desired. There's a distinct lack of communication which ends up have repercussions on HR, finances and payrols. Red tape doesn't do any good and this makes the relations quite strained especially when everything takes so much time!
Being in the company of great minds and being part of the institution
It is a great univesity to be part of as it a very good reputation (always nice on a CV), its resources are fair and the teaching staff helpful and knowledgeable.There's a good work/life balance, the benefits are good and there are opportunities for progression.
It is old-fashioned and would need to come into the twenty-first century. All online resources need to be modernised, as well as the way the university is managed from the inside. More transparency is needed so that everything can be dealt with quickly and efficiently.
Facilities are old but accessible and the admin staff needs to be trained
Cost of living in Birmingham is a plus and the actual campus of the University itself is lovely I worked with a great team, lovely people and very helpful, generally people were co-operative and wanted to provide you with everything you needed
As with every university you can always do with more funds for research and although it's sound you are not working for top tier research like at Oxford and Cambridge. More exposure is needed for the research – it's currently not promoted enough. It might help to bring in some higher powered people – even if it means paying more for them