Academic Chemistry Workload Modelling

Mr O'Neill made this Freedom of Information request to Bangor University

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Dear Bangor 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.

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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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Our Ref. FOI2162

Dear Mr O'Neill,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request, received by email on
the 7^th November 2020.


We will now consider your request and you will receive the information
requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days, as defined by
the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject to the information not being
exempt or containing reference to a third party.


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Information Compliance Shared mailbox, Bangor University

Our Ref. FOI2162


Dear Mr O'Neill,


Further to your request for information, the University's response is


The School of Natural Sciences (SNS), the home school for Chemistry staff,
is one of the pilot schools for testing AWAM and the model is currently
being paramaterised. The system will be trialled by pilot schools in early
2021. At this stage, tariffs have not been finalised and will be reviewed
as part of the pilot. I would advise that you resubmit your request in the
future when we will be in a better position to respond.


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Dear Information Compliance Shared mailbox,

Thank you for your response.

To clarify: does your response formally indicate that the information is not held?

Specifically, I am unclear from your phrasing whether some model was in operation at the date of my request. If so, are you able to provide information about this soon-to-be abandoned model?

Yours sincerely,

Mr O'Neill