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November 2015
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MAW - Management of Academic Workloads

Partnership Outputs: Information Sheets/Reports

Information Sheet 8. MAW & Research/TRAC


A presentation by Will Foster Deputy Finance Director at Salford University (click here to see) sets out this University's experience of using MAW information to support its TRAC return. A key element is the fit between TRAC requirements and the use of “workload planning models” and this is explicitly covered in HEFCE’s guidance (click here) (Reference  for this is: Part 111 Annual TRAC,Chapter C.1 Academic and Research Staff Time ,Time Allocation methods,iii Other) which indicates that this approach could be used if the workload system is comprehensive, robust and reflects what actually happened in reality. Will  has also provided nested anonymised spreadsheets to show in some detail how Salford University has linked the workload data about academic staff, drawn from its workload balancing system, to other University financial data in order to make its TRAC return. The spreadsheet (click here) shows the journey from school level data through various stages to a University TRAC submission and then the use of the comprehensive data so collated to feed back to schools detailed activity costing data. To follow this sequence the spreadsheet should be read moving from left to right using the tabs. If you open the spreadsheet it is important you select “don’t update” at the start to avoid problems.

MAW and Research
A presentation by Peter Barrett former PVC Research University of Salford highlights the main isssues related to MAW and research and gives some examples of the approaches that had been used in practice to calibrate the research aspect of workloads. To see this presentation click here. The presentation stresses the need to include research in any assessment of workloads, both to promote an equitable representation, and then distribution of load, but also in response to the strategic importance placed on research by the vast majority of unviersities.