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Portfolio Model – UCU Advice to Members

     Your workload for 2011-12 should already have been agreed using AWAM and attempts to increase workload over the maximum allowed should be resisted forcefully. If you have not already agreed your workload you are advised to do so using the AWAM: UCU support is available to help with this. UCU recommends that you should not engage with the Portfolio model. Read on to see details of UCU help and Grievance forms

 

Portfolios – UCU Advice to Members

 

AWAM is the agreed model at UEL for workload allocation: this formally negotiated agreement is still on the University website. Portfolios are not a workload allocation mechanism, even though Deans are attempting to impose these on academic staff – their response to staff shortages following the recent voluntary severance exercise and swinging budget cuts in Schools. In some cases, Deans are attempting to impose an 18-hour teaching load on every member of their staff in addition to other activities.

 UCU advice is as follows:

 Your workload for 2011-12 should already have been agreed using AWAM and attempts to increase workload over the maximum allowed should be resisted forcefully. If you have not already agreed your workload you are advised to do so using the AWAM: UCU support is available to help with this.

 UCU recommends that you should not engage with the Portfolio model, which UEL senior management accepts – paradoxically – is not an appropriate means of determining workload. Nor should staff accept demands to meet unreasonable and unrealistic assessment deadlines. Members will receive full UCU support in resisting such requests.

 All members are advised to take a Union officer with them to any meeting with their Field Leader or Dean about these issues. We strongly advise Field Leaders not to attempt to instruct their colleagues to undertake additional work but to refer the issue up to the relevant Dean or Associate Dean, indicating a failure to reach agreement with the staff member concerned.

 

If the Dean or Associate Dean subsequently seeks to impose unacceptable additional work, you should immediately lodge a Grievance against that individual, specifying that the requirement to undertake additional work is an unreasonable management instruction.

 

To lodge a Grievance send the attached form to the senior manager of the individual concerned. For an Associate Dean this would be the Dean, for the Dean it would be the Deputy Vice Chancellor. This would be a Stage 2 grievance.

 The form of words to register the grievance might be as follows:

 I am raising a formal grievance against XXXX because he/she has issued me with an unreasonable management instruction. Specifically he/she has told me that I must teach an additional YYYY hours to ZZZZ students which is over and above my agreed workload for the current academic year and in excess of the agreed AWAM maximum workload. My current workload calculated using the AWAM, which is the agreed method within the University for calculating workloads, indicates a current total of GGGG hours for the academic year, which is already in excess of the 1548 full-time level. A resolution to my grievance requires XXXX to withdraw the instruction for the additional teaching and to revert to my existing and agreed workload for the current academic year.

The forms for the grievance procedure are available on this website on the Help page.

The full Grievance Procedure is on the UEL website at:

 

http://www.uel.ac.uk/hrservices/documents/emhandbook/staffgrievance.pdf

 

 Contact UCU officers through Rae Beaver, Peter Mottershead, Steve Martin, James Beale or Jacqui Mitchell

 

 

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