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Ballot on proposed Academic Workload Policy

Documents relating to the outcome of negotiations with management and their proposed new workload model are available for your consideration on this website at the  ballot subpage within the News and Campaigns page. A consultative ballot is being arranged for members to indicate their acceptance/rejection of the proposed scheme. Details will be announced shortly.

Since the ballot will be organised via email we ask all colleagues as a matter of urgency to check their UCU membership details, particularly their preferred email address?

There are two main methods to achieve this:

1. You can log onto the UCU website at and register for eservices. This will enable you to directly update and check your details. In this case you will need your membership number which you can obtain by either emailing me or by ringing UCU directly.

2. If you have any difficulties with the above please contact James Butler on 0207756 2543

Please make every effort to do this as soon as possible.



  1. Jill says:

    I agree. It is unclear in so many areas. Overall hours are much longer, specific workloads will be agreed between the subject head and individual members of staff. That leaves us open to unreasonable workloads if your face doesn’t fit and no appeal. The template for hours looks simplistic and will probably be ignored by the subject head anyway. We need a proper and fair allocation of workload for all not a process of individual lobbying and bargaining. I am voting against this and urge others to do the same.

  2. Jeff says:

    I am not at all keen on the new workload allocation model despite the meagre concessions by management. There does not appear to be any way to detail work that falls outside of teaching. Where is the transparency and parity? How will class sizes and marking workloads be affected? If this is the starting model, where will it end? Count me out!

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