Academic Chemistry Workload Modelling

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Dear University of Huddersfield,

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request
the following information from the University regarding the workload
allocation models and tariffs used to model the workload of your academic
Chemistry staff:

1. What activities are recognised by the workload model for Chemistry
staff?

2. What tariffs are associated with each activity (i.e. how much time is
allocated for each activity) for Chemistry staff?

3. How is the total workload of a member of Chemistry staff modelled (i.e.
what protocol is used to combine tariffs)?

4. What formal guidance is given to managers relating to the link between
contracts of employment and the calculated workloads of Chemistry staff?
In particular:

(a) What are the maximum and minimum permissible tariffed workloads for a
member of staff in a full-time role?

(b) What are the broad subcategories of activity (such as Teaching or
Research) recognised in academic roles?

(c) What is the division of total workload between these subcategories in
contracts of employment (e.g. 40% Teaching, 60% Research)? How does this
division relate to modelled workload?

(d) How are part-time contracts modelled differently to full-time
contracts?

(e) What is the intended relationship between modelled workload and true
workload? (e.g. modelled workload is expected to be 20% less than true
workload, or to match true workload, or to exceed true workload by 20%)

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Mr O'Neill

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Dear Mr O'Neill

 

Our response to your request for information dated 6 November 2020 is
provided as an attachment as requested.

 

1.       What activities are recognised by the workload model for
Chemistry staff?

 

The University recognises three main areas for the workload model for
academic staff within the Chemistry department, namely, teaching, research
and administration. These are further divided into sub-categories such as
lecturing, laboratory sessions and tutorials (for teaching) and
administrative duties such as course leader, year tutor, admissions tutor
and other associated activities (e.g. committee membership; Unit of
Assessment coordination for the Research Excellence Framework (REF)).
External assessment activities such as time spent on programme level
examiner or external examiner duties are also recognised in the workload
model.

 

Please refer to the University’s Staff Handbook, specifically the Academic
Staff Supplementary Section (pages 62-67) for further detail on the
allocation of workload.

([1]https://staff.hud.ac.uk/media/university...)

 

2.       What tariffs are associated with each activity (i.e. how much
time is allocated for each activity) for Chemistry staff?

 

It is expected that all staff will be involved in the three main
activities (teaching, research and administration) however, the workload
and the associated tariffs under each heading will vary, reflecting
colleagues’ grade, role, their contribution to the general work of the
School and their own professional development plan. For example, Teaching
workload is adjusted dependant  on the number of students on a module, the
level of a module, and whether it is “new” or “repeated”. Furthermore, for
lecturing duties, an allocation is included for face-to-face delivery,
preparation time and the marking of assessments; this is scaled by both
the assessment type and the number of students undertaking the assessment.
The same type of tariff is used for laboratory sessions.

 

The University’s approach is determined by the guidance documentation
referred to in the Staff Handbook. Although this does not specifically
address every scenario of the workload model for academic staff in the
Chemistry department, however, it does govern how the University manages
the workload model for all of its staff.

 

3.       How is the total workload of a member of Chemistry staff modelled
(i.e. what protocol is used to combine tariffs)?

 

Please see the Academic Staff Supplementary Section within the Staff
Handbook (pages 62-67) for details on how workload for all academic
members of staff are modelled.

[2]https://staff.hud.ac.uk/media/university...

 

4. What formal guidance is given to managers relating to the link between
contracts of employment and the calculated workloads of Chemistry staff?

 

In particular:

 

(a)    What are the maximum and minimum permissible tariffed workloads for
a member of staff in a full-time role?

 

For research, the baseline is 330 hours with extra hours allocated
dependent upon grade.  The University’s maximum workload for formally
scheduled teaching is 550 hour per year. Further detail is provided in the
Staff Handbook (page 67).

 

(b)    What are the broad subcategories of activity (such as Teaching or
Research) recognised in academic roles?

 

Please refer to our response to question 1.

 

(c)     What is the division of total workload between these subcategories
in contracts of employment (e.g. 40% Teaching, 60% Research)? How does
this division relate to modelled workload?

 

The division of workload will be dependent upon the individual’s grade and
responsibilities.

 

d)    How are part-time contracts modelled differently to full-time
contracts?

 

Workload allocation for part time staff is modelled on a pro-rata basis.

 

(e)    What is the intended relationship between modelled workload and
true workload? (e.g. modelled workload is expected to be 20% less than
true workload, or to match true workload, or to exceed true workload by
20%)

 

The University makes every effort to ensure that the modelled workload is
a true workload. Adjustments are made depending on strategic demands, for
example, REF responsibilities and changes in teaching practices. Regular
reviews are undertaken to ensure that the true workload does not exceed
the model. Please refer to the staff handbook, specifically to the
procedures section on page 65.

 

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Esha Goswami

Information Governance Officer

University of Huddersfield

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear Freedom of Information requests,

Thank you for such a full and timely response under such difficult national circumstances.

Yours sincerely,

Mr O'Neill

Freedom of Information requests, University of Huddersfield

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