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Academic Chemistry Workload Modelling

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Dear London Metropolitan 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

Freedom_of_Information, London Metropolitan University

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Dear Mr O'Neill,
 
I write further to your request for information dated 6 November 2020. 
This request has been handled by the University in accordance with its
duties and obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
("FOIA"). 
 
You requested details of:
Information from the University regarding the workload
allocation models and tariffs used to model the workload of your academic
Chemistry staff  
 
The university's response is attached.
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London Metropolitan University
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Kind regards,
Tracy Brathwaite CIPP/E
Information Compliance Manager
University Secretary's Office
London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road
London N7 8DB
Switchboard: 020 7423 0000
London Metropolitan University is a limited company registered in England
and Wales with registered number 974438 and VAT registered number GB 447
2190 51. Our registered office is at 166-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB.
London Metropolitan University is an exempt charity under the Charities
Act 2011. Its registration number with HMRC is X6880.

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Dear Freedom_of_Information,

Thank you for your response. I am writing to seek clarification.

At the time of my request, was a model in operation? If so, are you able to provide me with the amount of time allocated for the delivery of a one-hour lecture under this model?

I would consider my query fully satisfied if you were to be able to address this. Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Mr O'Neill

Freedom_of_Information, London Metropolitan University

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Tracy Brathwaite CIPP/E
Information Compliance Manager
University Secretary's Office
London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road
London N7 8DB
Switchboard: 020 7423 0000

London Metropolitan University is a limited company registered in England
and Wales with registered number 974438 and VAT registered number GB 447
2190 51. Our registered office is at 166-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB.
London Metropolitan University is an exempt charity under the Charities
Act 2011. Its registration number with HMRC is X6880.

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