Dear University of Leeds,

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%)

Please provide information in the form of a Microsoft Word document in either the .doc or .docx format.

If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in Section 12, please provide advice and assistance – under your Section 16 obligations – as to how I can refine my request to be included within the scope of the Act.

In any case, if you can identify ways that my request could be refined please provide further advice and assistance to indicate this.

I look forward to your response within 20 working days, as stipulated by the Act.

If you have any further queries please don’t hesitate to contact me, and I will be happy to clarify what I am asking for.

Yours faithfully,

Mr O'Neill

Freedom of Information, University of Leeds

Dear Mr. O'Neill,

Freedom of Information request reference K/20/450

Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FOI) request dated 2 November 2020. Your request has been allocated the reference number K/20/450. Please include this number in all further correspondence related to your enquiry.

The University of Leeds aims to respond to all FOI requests within 20-working days of receipt. Should this timeframe change, we will write to provide you with an update as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about your request, please contact us at [University of Leeds request email]

Yours sincerely

Chloe Wilkins
Freedom of Information Officer

Secretariat
University of Leeds

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Dear Mr O’Neill, 

 

Freedom of Information Response (Our Ref: K/20/450)

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FOI) request dated 2 November
2020, reference K/20/450.

 

Your request read:

 

“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%)

 

Please provide information in the form of a Microsoft Word document in
either the .doc or .docx format.”

 

The University of Leeds holds this information, which is set out in the
attached Word document as per your request.

 

We hope this information is helpful. If you have any questions about this
email, however, please do not hesitate to contact us on [1][University of Leeds request email]

 

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request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision,
you can request an Internal Review. Requests for Internal Review should be
made in writing using the following contact information:

 

Post:               Mr D Wardle

Deputy Secretary

The University of Leeds

Leeds

LS2 9JT

 

Email:             [2][University of Leeds request email]

 

Requests for Internal Review should be submitted within 40 working days of
receiving the University’s response to your request. Further information
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our complaints procedure is also available on our website
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If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
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Kind regards

 

Chloe Wilkins

Freedom of Information Officer

 

Secretariat

University of Leeds

 

 

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Dear Freedom of Information,

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

Yours sincerely,

Mr O'Neill