Received your BIA offer

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Welcome to the Birmingham International Academy! If you have received an email offer from us for a summer teaching post on one of our presessional courses, you are in the right place.

We know you are bound to have plenty of questions and the information on these pages should help guide you on the next steps to take. We hope you can find the answer to any questions you may have on these pages but if you can’t find, please contact us at: 

What is the BIA?

The Birmingham International Academy (BIA) was established in 2012 and combines the highest standards of one of Britain’s leading global universities with an integrated student experience. The BIA is a division of Academic Services within the University of Birmingham and accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.

What are the Presessional English course start and end dates for this year?

The start and end dates for all our summer courses can be found on our Presessional coursefinder web page. We will need you to attend a staff induction in the week prior to each start date. 

Teaching staff recruited for these courses are expected to be available for the whole teaching period of the course they are working on.

On the longer 20 & 15 week on campus courses, there is a non-teaching week preceding the final 10 weeks of the programme where staff can take leave.  

Do I need a DBS check? How do I obtain a certificate?

If you may be teaching students under the age of 18 years, you will be asked to have Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check: as part of our safer recruitment policy and procedures. We require a valid DBS certificate - or overseas criminal record check - before you take up your role. Our HR department will contact you when they progress your offer.

Find out about the process for obtaining a DBS certificate 

What is the Right to Work (RTW) check?

All employers in the UK have a responsibility as laid out in the Asylum and Immigration Act 2006 to prevent illegal working. In order to meet this responsibility employers are legally obliged to check the entitlement of anyone they plan to invite to undertake work. All workers (including UK nationals) are required to provide evidence that they are legally able to work in the UK.

If you accept your offer we will conduct a Right to Work (RTW) check, otherwise called 'eligibility to work in the UK'.

Find information on proving right to work and home office guidance

Can I park on the University campus?

Car parking is available for staff on campus. You must apply for a UoB car permit (or sticker) to benefit from the reduced rate for staff. Cars not registered with the UoB will be liable to pay the full rate. 

  • Permits can be applied for a few days before you start. You must state on the application form that you are BIA Presessional staff.
  • Staff teaching on a 10 or 6 week presessional course can only apply for a pay & display permit
  • Staff teaching on longer 20 and 15 week presessional courses can apply for monthly paid or a pay & display permit
  • Staff who have not yet been issued with a UoB staff ID number when the application is received will be added to the car parking approved list for a temporary period pending ID number allocation

Find information on University car parking and how to obtain a permit

The Birmingham International Academy is based in Priorsfield, G18 on the campus map. However,  some building work is taking place this summer and we will be based elsewhere on campus for a period of time. But please be reassured that if you are driving to campus, you can park anywhere on the University campus. 

Find a campus map and directions   

Can I book campus accommodation over the summer?

The BIA can offer teachers living out of commuting distance from the University with accommodation in a shared flat.

  • Bedrooms are en-suite with a communal area and kitchen shared by those teachers in the flat.
  • The BIA will cover the cost of this accommodation, though there may be tax implications for teachers who take up this offer. 
  • UoB accommodation is available from Sunday 11th July until the end of your course.
  • Please note, teachers who finish on Friday the 17th September must check out on the morning of that day.

 How to book your accommodation - teachers

How do I take up my offer of a post?

If you’re happy to accept this post, please reply to our email within a week to confirm your acceptance. Please quote the reference number in the email subject field.  

If you do not wish to take up our offer of a teaching post this summer, please state this in your reply to our email. Please quote the reference number in email the subject field.  



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