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Dear University of Birmingham,

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

University of Birmingham

Due to the COVID 19 virus the University is on Restricted Opening and therefore is likely to be slower in responding to Freedom of Information requests and Subject Access requests. Please be assured that the University will respond to you as quickly as it is able to.

FOI, University of Birmingham

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FOI, University of Birmingham

Dear Mr O'Neill

 
Thank you for your request for information below which the University of
Birmingham is processing under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act
2000.

 

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, we
will let you know.  If a fee is payable a fees notice will be issued to
you, and you will be required to pay before we will proceed to deal with
your request.

 

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Regards

 
 
Freedom of Information Team
University of Birmingham
 

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From: [FOI #704006 email]
<[FOI #704006 email]>
Sent: 05 November 2020 06:02
To: FOI requests at University of Birmingham
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Academic Chemistry Workload
Modelling
 
Dear University of Birmingham,

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,

I understand that this academic year has been extraordinarily difficult, and wonder if negotiating a new response date might be a pragmatic way to reach a satisfactory conclusion to my FOI request.

I suggest that 12Feb2021 might be a reasonable date to expect a response to my request, given the dreadful national events. Does this seem acceptable to you?

Yours sincerely,

Mr O'Neill

FOI, University of Birmingham



Due to the COVID 19 virus the University is on Restricted Opening and
therefore is likely to be slower in responding to Freedom of Information
requests and Subject Access requests.  Please be assured that the
University will respond to you as quickly as it is able to.

 

Regards

The Data Protection and Freedom of Information Team

University of Birmingham

Due to the COVID 19 virus the University is on Restricted Opening and therefore is likely to be slower in responding to Freedom of Information requests and Subject Access requests. Please be assured that the University will respond to you as quickly as it is able to.

FOI, University of Birmingham

Dear Mr O'Neill

Thank you for your email below and for your understanding - please accept
our apologies for the late response, we assure you that we will respond as
soon as possible.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact us.  Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

 

Regards

 
 
Freedom of Information Team
University of Birmingham
 

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From: [FOI #704006 email]
<[FOI #704006 email]>
Sent: 12 January 2021 14:53
To: FOI
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information request - Academic Chemistry Workload
Modelling - [2020.11.510]
 
Dear FOI,

I understand that this academic year has been extraordinarily difficult,
and wonder if negotiating a new response date might be a pragmatic way to
reach a satisfactory conclusion to my FOI request.

I suggest that 12Feb2021 might be a reasonable date to expect a response
to my request, given the dreadful national events. Does this seem
acceptable to you?

Yours sincerely,

Mr O'Neill

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FOI, University of Birmingham

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Dear Mr O'Neill

 
Further to your recent request for information please see the attached
response. 
 
If you have any queries about this email, please contact us.  Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

 

Regards

 
 
Freedom of Information Team
University of Birmingham
 

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From: FOI <[University of Birmingham request email]>
Sent: 05 November 2020 10:58
To: [FOI #704006 email]
Cc: FOI
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information request - Academic Chemistry Workload
Modelling - [2020.11.510]
 

Dear Mr O'Neill

 
Thank you for your request for information below which the University of
Birmingham is processing under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act
2000.

 

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, we
will let you know.  If a fee is payable a fees notice will be issued to
you, and you will be required to pay before we will proceed to deal with
your request.

 

If you have any queries about this email, please contact us.  Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

 

Regards

 
 
Freedom of Information Team
University of Birmingham
 

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From: [FOI #704006 email]
<[FOI #704006 email]>
Sent: 05 November 2020 06:02
To: FOI requests at University of Birmingham
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Academic Chemistry Workload
Modelling
 
Dear University of Birmingham,

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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