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Staff briefings on the Workload Allocation Model

Jun 20, 2019

Recently HR have been looking at how to make the Workload Model, used to balance academic colleagues workload, more accessible and applied with consistency across our four schools. During the last few months, they have been working with the School Leadership teams on establishing some of the key principles that we are committed to achieving for all our academics.

 

 

The principles underpinning how we support workload allocation are:

  • Fairness – all colleagues within a school or directorate will have a comparable workload to their colleagues
  • Transparency – the workload allocation of colleagues will be made available within a school
  • Clarity – colleagues are clear about where and how they are contributing to the University and how the University is supporting them to develop their careers
  • Timeliness – all colleagues will receive a copy of their intended workload prior to the summer break
  • Sustainability – workload allocations will be sustainable for an individual and will also contribute to the sustainability of the University
  • Compliance – workload allocations contribute to our regulatory reporting requirements

The schools are currently working on finalising the initial view of your workload for the 2019/2020 academic year and will be talking to academic colleagues about how your workload will be distributed across the key categories depending on where your skills and strengths lie. We are also looking at how we support good conversations through the Academic Career Framework and Performance & Career conversations – projects that we know lots of you have contributed to.

In preparation for 19/20 we’d like to invite academic colleagues to come and hear about the Workload Allocation Model in two ways:

  • There will be University wide briefing sessions between 1 July and 8 July – at these sessions we’ll talk through the model, the principles which sit behind it, and what it does and doesn’t do
  • There will then be smaller Q&A sessions in each of our Schools – where you can submit questions anonymously in advance or ask them on the day.  We know there are some local practices and hope these sessions will give you all an opportunity to talk about the way forward taking into account the differences between schools

You can book onto the University sessions using the following link:

https://testlivesalfordac.sharepoint.com/sites/WorkloadBalancing201920?e=1%3A492c013d54484cbf8ab8082d48be16dc

Information on school Q&A sessions will be sent out via your school.

We would really encourage you to attend one of the sessions so that you are fully up to date on our approach to managing workload allocation. We want to hear your views and help answer your questions.

Look forward to seeing as many of you as possible over the next few weeks.