Academic Chemistry Workload Modelling

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Dear Heriot-Watt 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%)

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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, Heriot-Watt University

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Dear applicant

 

Thank you for your information request dated the 2nd November 2020
regarding workload allocations for the academic Chemistry staff.  We are a
Scottish Higher Education Institution and are accountable to the Office of
the Scottish Information Commissioner, the Scottish Funding Council and
ultimately the Scottish Government.  Your request has therefore been
handled under our country’s legislation: Freedom of Information (Scotland)
Act 2002 (FOISA).

 

Our responses are in red below for ease of reference.

 

Background

 

The School of engineering and Physical Sciences has a workload portfolio
that recognises the workload of each staff member across the activities of
teaching, research and scholarship and administration that exist in all
academic units. Workloads are discussed with individuals on an annual
basis in their annual review and academic colleagues can raise any
workload issues with their line manager at any time should their
particular context change.

 

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Dear Freedom of Information,

Thank you for your response under such trying national circumstances.

Yours sincerely,

Mr O'Neill