Workload Balance

FJB flowers300.jpgIn late 2016 a project was launched to identify and roll out a University-wide academic workload model and set of tariffs which could be applied consistently across all academic departments. Currently, individual academic departments manage their own workload models, and in some cases do not have an academic workload model at all. 

The aim of the project is to introduce a model for all academic departments, to ensure consistency in the application of tariffs, and equity and fairness for all academic staff in departments. The aim of the project is to introduce a University wide model in 2017/18 in time for the planning of academic workloads for the 2018/19 academic year.

The University received a clear mandate from staff during its strategic conversation that an institution-wide workload model was needed. Without a model, the university has no way to openly and transparently plan future individual workloads, or to manage the efficient and equitable allocation of academic work and time.

An effective model will also provide a sense of fairness and improve staff satisfaction and a sense of shared endeavour. We aim to create a workplace and work culture described in our Strategic Plan, an effective institutional wide academic workload model is an essential tool to achieving that.

To develop our models and tariffs, the university consulted other HE Institutions to understand their workload models, and to identify a series of activities and tariffs which we felt were relevant and appropriate to us and our ways of working.



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