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Workload Model

A new workload mechanism has been negotiated negotiated and can be downloaded from here at Academic-Workload-Scheme.  T hes cheme divides workload into seven categories:

1. Face-to-Face Teaching including Distance Learning (Formal Scheduled Teaching – FST) : based on a maximum of 550

This is defined as any direct teaching which is a specific requirement of a course or programme and is comprised of:  Lectures, group tutorials, seminars, workshops, laboratory or studio sessions, individual tutorials, project supervision, tutoring students on placement and field course teaching; Supervision of UG and PG dissertations; Supervision of Doctoral research students; Teaching off-campus, holding revision sessions and induction activities.

2. Preparation for FST

For each hour of FST academic staff will be allocated hours for duties related to formal scheduled teaching. In normal circumstances this will be one hour for each hour of FST, the actual number of hours allocated will take into consideration the following key factors:

• Module complexity e.g. size and level
• new/existing/distance learning module
• new/experienced member of staff

3. Marking

It must be absolutely clear the numbers of assessment components a staff member will be responsible for marking including second and third marking.  Consideration should also be given to the amount of online marking a staff member has to undertake, especially when marking online for the first time.

4. Academic Advice and Guidance including Personal Tutoring and ‘Student’ Hours.

Covers any roles where advice needs to be given to students

5. Academic Leadership: to include module and programme leadership

Module and programme leadership to take into account the number of studnets in the module or programme.

6. Wider Internal and External Responsibilitiesdevelopment.

This section includes research as well as activities such as:  Attendance at school or University meetings; Programme and University developments, peer observation, school or university-specific roles, union remission;  Income generation, research activities or external examining;  Quality assurance processes i.e. curriculum updating;  Liaison with external partners.

7. Personal Development Needs

This is for definition solely by the individual and might be used to move into new areas or fields.

For example: Personal Development Needs as a teacher and a subject specialist and in relation to undertaking research and other scholarly activity as well as overall career development.   To facilitate this, the remainder of the year (i.e. outside the teaching year and annual leave, usually one to five weeks) will be spent on self-managed research and other scholarly activity.


The overall time should amount to approximately 1600 hours per annum.

There are very few tariff elements built into the model and these would be negotiated locally. We therefore advise members, where they are unsure to use the previously agreed allowances in the AWAM as a starting point for any negotaiations on workload with their line manager. To download an AWAM template please ‘right-click’ on Template Awam and choose ‘Save target as’


If you need UCU advice on how to complete your new workload model then please contact the branch secretary, Steve Martin, whose contact details are available on the contact us page of this website

All members will get the full support of UCU.


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