Dear Aston University,

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

FOI Requests, Aston University

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Dear Mr O’Neill

Our ref: FOI/2021/082

Thank you for your email of 3 November 2020. Your request will be dealt
with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and will be
answered within twenty working days of receipt. We will endeavour to
provide the information as early as possible.

If you have any queries about this request please do not hesitate to
contact us, quoting the reference number above.

Kind regards.

Yours sincerely,

Alice Mineyko

 

Alice Mineyko
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From: Mr O'Neill <[FOI #703524 email]>
Sent: 03 November 2020 18:44
To: FOI Requests <[Aston University request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Academic Chemistry Workload
Modelling

 

Dear Aston University,

 

 

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

 

 

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Dear Mr O’Neill

 

Please find attached the University’s response to your request for
information.

 

Kind regards.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Alice Mineyko

 

Alice Mineyko
Counsel
[1]http://static.aston.ac.uk/emails/sigs/au...
Office of the General Counsel
Birmingham, B4 7ET, UK
aston.ac.uk

 

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From: Mr O'Neill <[FOI #703524 email]>
Sent: 03 November 2020 18:44
To: FOI Requests <[Aston University request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Academic Chemistry Workload
Modelling

 

Dear Aston University,

 

 

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

 

 

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Dear FOI Requests,

Thank you for your response. You state that 'Each of the tasks in the model has been allocated a number of hours'. Are you able to provide the allocations for each task?

Yours sincerely,

Mr O'Neill

FOI Requests, Aston University

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Dear Mr O’Neill

 

Thank you for your email.  We are seeking clarification on this point and
will respond as soon as possible.

 

Kind regards.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Alice Mineyko

 

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Counsel
[1]http://static.aston.ac.uk/emails/sigs/au...
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aston.ac.uk

 

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From: Mr O'Neill <[FOI #703524 email]>
Sent: 02 December 2020 16:26
To: FOI Requests <[Aston University request email]>
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Academic Chemistry Workload
Modelling

 

Dear FOI Requests,

 

 

Thank you for your response. You state that 'Each of the tasks in the
model has been allocated a number of hours'. Are you able to provide the
allocations for each task?

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Mr O'Neill

 

 

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Dear Mr O’Neill

 

Having consulted with the College, we have determined that this
information is commercially sensitive to the University and is therefore
exempt under section 43(2) of the Freedom of information Act 2000.

 

The information requested relates to the resourcing model and thereby the
pedagogic approach used by the College to deliver programmes that are also
offered by competitors. The internal resource model reflects our
assessment of the pedagogic delivery which is best placed to attract
students, and therefore provides the University with a competitive
advantage.  This information would be useful to our competitors in
assessing the effectiveness of our approach and how to gain an advantage
in student recruitment for these courses.

 

We have applied the public interest test, as required by the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.  While we acknowledge that there is a public
interest in transparency, in our opinion this is outweighed by the fact
that the University operates in a competitive environment and needs to be
able to operate on a commercially attractive basis.  We therefore need to
have the freedom to withhold certain information which in our opinion is
likely to give a competitive advantage if disclosed. 

 

Kind regards.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Alice Mineyko

 

Alice Mineyko
Counsel
[1]http://static.aston.ac.uk/emails/sigs/au...
Office of the General Counsel
Birmingham, B4 7ET, UK
aston.ac.uk

 

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From: Mr O'Neill <[FOI #703524 email]>
Sent: 02 December 2020 16:26
To: FOI Requests <[Aston University request email]>
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Academic Chemistry Workload
Modelling

 

Dear FOI Requests,

 

 

Thank you for your response. You state that 'Each of the tasks in the
model has been allocated a number of hours'. Are you able to provide the
allocations for each task?

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Mr O'Neill

 

 

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Dear Aston University,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Aston University's handling of my FOI request 'Academic Chemistry Workload Modelling'.

Specifically, I request a review of the public interest test used to withhold information. I note that the public commitment in the 2018 Aston strategy document states that Aston will:

'support our staff to succeed and deliver high quality research and teaching'

I submit that there is an additional burden of transparency associated with making this public commitment, and I request that you consider this in your review.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

Yours faithfully,

Mr O'Neill

FOI Requests, Aston University

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Dear Mr O’Neill         

Our ref: FOI/2021/082

Thank you for your request for appeal dated 23 December 2020. Your request
will be dealt with under the University’s FOI appeal process as stated in
our letter of response.

Kind regards.

Yours sincerely,

Alice Mineyko

 

Alice Mineyko
Counsel
[1]http://static.aston.ac.uk/emails/sigs/au...
Office of the General Counsel
Birmingham, B4 7ET, UK
aston.ac.uk

 

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From: Mr O'Neill <[FOI #703524 email]>
Sent: 23 December 2020 08:06
To: FOI Requests <[Aston University request email]>
Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Academic
Chemistry Workload Modelling

 

Dear Aston University,

 

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information
reviews.

 

I am writing to request an internal review of Aston University's handling
of my FOI request 'Academic Chemistry Workload Modelling'.

 

Specifically, I request a review of the public interest test used to
withhold information. I note that the public commitment in the 2018 Aston
strategy document states that Aston will:

 

'support our staff to succeed and deliver high quality research and
teaching'

 

I submit that there is an additional burden of transparency associated
with making this public commitment, and I request that you consider this
in your review.

 

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on
the Internet at this address:
[2]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Mr O'Neill

 

 

 

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Dear Mr O’Neill

 

Please see attached letter.

 

Kind regards.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Alice Mineyko

 

Alice Mineyko
Counsel
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Office of the General Counsel
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From: Mr O'Neill <[FOI #703524 email]>
Sent: 23 December 2020 08:06
To: FOI Requests <[Aston University request email]>
Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Academic
Chemistry Workload Modelling

 

Dear Aston University,

 

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information
reviews.

 

I am writing to request an internal review of Aston University's handling
of my FOI request 'Academic Chemistry Workload Modelling'.

 

Specifically, I request a review of the public interest test used to
withhold information. I note that the public commitment in the 2018 Aston
strategy document states that Aston will:

 

'support our staff to succeed and deliver high quality research and
teaching'

 

I submit that there is an additional burden of transparency associated
with making this public commitment, and I request that you consider this
in your review.

 

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on
the Internet at this address:
[2]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Mr O'Neill

 

 

 

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