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MAW - Management of Academic Workloads

Institutional Profiles and Participant Biographies



Brunel University


Peter Hobson

 Academic: BSc Physics (Edin)
PhD Particle Physics (Lond)

Career: RA at University College London (Physics & Astronomy) 1984-1986
Joined Brunel (Physics) in 1986, moved to Electronic & Computer Engineering in 2000 (now part of the School of Engineering & Design). Promoted to a personal chair in 2005. Member of the Institute of Physics and a Chartered Physicist. 

David Snowden

BSc Electronic Physics
MBA – Henley Management College

Joined Brunel in 1992 - currently (since September 2004) - School Manager - Brunel Business School, also from 1/8/2005 for 4 years – Member of the Council of Brunel University.

1978-1991 Various engineering and management posts with Schlumberger Industries.

Edinburgh Napier University

Keith Horton.

Director of Strategic Development & Corporate Intelligence

Jenny Rees
Vice Principal (Academic Quality and Customer Service)
Jenny is a graduate in Mathematics and Statistics of Edinburgh University and started her working career in the brewing industry. Her PhD from Bradford University, completed on a part-time basis, was on quality evaluation in higher education. Jenny served on the Howie Committee and has been a quality auditor with the Higher Education Quality Council, the precursor of the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). She is a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, a member of the Chartered Management Institute and a member of the Higher Education Academy. She recently completed the Top Management Programme of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. She is also a member of the Scottish Funding Council and a member of the Funding Council’s Skills Committee.

Professor Jon Kerridge  

Previously Head of School of Computing during which time I
developed a workload model that took account of the many diverse pressures placed on colleagues work. This model forms the basis of the University's workload modelling system.
I have recently been appointed as the TRAC Academic Manager with responsibility for integrating Workload Modelling with the Time Allocation Survey associated with the TRAC process.


Queen Mary, University of London

Sara Corcoran

Sara has been Head of HR Strategy and Change. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and experienced HR professional she joined Queen Mary in December 2009 from University College Falmouth where she was Director of Personnel. Prior to that she held a senior personnel post with the University of Essex and from there worked closely with all members of the 1994 Group on their senior management development programmes. Her early career was in the health service.

Royal Agricultural College

Sheffield Hallam University

Sylvia Johnson

Professor Sylvia Johnson is Pro Vice Chancellor & Executive Dean of the Faculty of Development & Society.

Keith Harrison
Since 2003 a project director for university wide projects, working closely with Human Resources Department and Faculties, of which one is the Management of Academic Work-Loading (known as the Academic Work Planning Project at Sheffield Hallam). Keith started his career in industry followed by university studies then post at the then Sheffield City Polytechnic from 1974. His previous roles include; Head of Department of Accounting & Financial Studies; Director of School of Financial & Legal Studies; Director of School of Business & Finance. He has undertaken research in Financial & Management Control Systems including case studies on devolution in two UK universities and case studies on several east european higher education organisations. Keith is a member of the Education Committee of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and the Galpin Committee that carried out a strategic review of the Institute. Extensive other work with major professional bodies in the UK and overses project work and institional linkages. Regular contibutor the management development programmes of The Association of Business Schools.

Keith has recently retired from Sheffield Hallam but remains in contact with the partnership, offering his expertise and advice.

University College Falmouth

Susannah Corry
Personnel Officer. Project based work around strategy and policy development.

University of Greenwich

Michael Sharp
Mike started teaching with the ILEA in Wandsworth in 1980. Through his career Mike has been; regional coordinator for ECT in London on the Micro Electronics Education Programme ( MEP), a freelance computer consultant and a children’s TV presenter for CiTVs Video and Chips. Internationally Mike worked for the British Council in India in 1983 leading a mission to schools in India on new technologies.

In 1985 he joined Thames Polytechnic as a lecturer in Education. As part of his work at the Polytechnic, and latterly the University of Greenwich, Mike has been involved across a range of schools of the University in a teaching and programme development role. Last year Mike took on the role as Head of Department of Business Information Technology and Enterprise (BITE) a new collaboration between the Engineering and Business Schools designed to develop and provide a varied offer of challenging degrees which combine technology and business to suit future business needs and which has already seen an increase in student numbers and a new base at the University Centre Folkestone.

Russell Brockett- Director of Personnel

University of Kent

Margaret Ayers - Director of HR

John Mingers
Professor of Operational Research and Systems, and Director of Research for Kent Business School.



University of Liverpool

Susan Rutherford 
Director of Human Resources at University of Liverpool since 1995
Chair of UPA and member of UPA Executive since 2003
Non-Executive Director of a major Children’s NHS Trust   

Richard Chisholm
Richard has been the Assistant Director of HR at the University of Liverpool since September 2005. He supports the Director by managing operational matters with a particular emphasis on Employee Relations.  Previously, Richard headed-up the HR departments at the Countryside Agency (DEFRA) and at Canterbury Christ Church University College and before that carried out various HR management appointments within the NHS.  


University of Salford

Professor Grahame Cooper

Grahame is currently Professor of Applied Information Systems
Engineering in the School of Computing, Science and engineering at the University of Salford. Originally a Physicist, he spent 18 years working in the Information Technology Institute (later known as the Information Systems Institute), which integrated a number of business and computing related disciplines in the one School. For almost 10 years of that time, he was the Director/Head of School.

One of the original architects of the Salford University workload model,
Grahame also designed and built the software that is used to support the
scheme. He also has extensive experience of operating the model, both as
a Head of School and as a member of the academic staff. This wide
experience has allowed him to gain a holistic insight into virtually all
aspects of the problem, from the organizational and people issues,
through the procedural aspects and the relationship to TRAC, right down
to the technical implementation level.

Jeff Clements

Jeff is currently a Personnel Manager at the University of Salford.
A Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development and experienced HR professional he joined the University of Salford in 1997 from Accrington and Rossendale FE College where he was Director of Personnel. Prior to that he held a number of senior personnel post in Local Government. His early career was as an Industrial Engineer with British Steel and Spillers-French Ltd.

Jeff has a great deal of experience of managing and developing HR systems and processes. He has particular interests in workload models, job evaluation and there impact on staff and managers. He currently works closely with staff operating the Salford model.


University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC)

Pam Ackroyd
Pam is Director of Operations, responsible for HR, Estates, Facilities, Academic Registry, Student Services, Legal and Secretariat Services, Risk Management and Equality and Diversity. She has worked in senior management of universities for over twenty years and through her career she has worked at the universities of Newcastle, Leeds, Lancaster, Central Lancashire and Goldsmiths, University of
London - 

University of the West of England

Richard O'Doherty

 Is Associate Dean Head of Planning and Resources  at Bristol Business School.