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MAW - Management of Academic Workloads


Workshop 5 Implementation Issues - 20th January 2009


The meeting will be held on the 20th of January 2009 at Sheffield Hallam University in room Wentworth 3 of the Surrey Building which is accessed via the main entrance of the main (Owen) building - which is just to the right of the Blackwell's Bookshop-  to see  map click here

* From the railway station bear slightly left and ascend alongside
the steel & water sculpture.
* Cross road at end of sculpture and ascend pedestrianised Howard
Street - between Mock Tudor Howard pub and Science Park.
* Enter University via main entrance which is next to Blackwells
* Proceed directly forward ascending slightly go through doors
past lifts to the Atrium.
* Go directly forward to a door in the far right hand corner.
* Bear left thru a door and immediately another door then go
straight on to top of stairs. You are now in the Surrey Building.
* Do not descend the stairs - bear right thru doors and along
corridor to reach the Wentworth Suite at the far end of the corridor.
* Wentworth Rooms 1,2 3 & 4 are co-located.

Suggested hotel:  Mercure St Paul's Hotel and Spa Sheffield. This is convenient for both the university and the train station.

MAW Workshop 5  programme

Sheffield Hallam University  20th January 2009


9.30- 10.00 Arrival and coffee

10.00- 11.15 Session 1 – Partners' presentations on initiating MAW and issues/ problems on developing MAW. Up- date on progress

11.15 - 12.30 Session 2 – Initiating MAW systems – mapping the options. ‘Drivers and restrainers’ and options for action

12.30- 1.30 Lunch

1.30- 2.30 Session 3 – Presentation on initiation focusing on employee relations and MAW from Alan Dainty (SHU).

2.30- 3.30 Session 4 – Plenary focus on implications of presentations and review of actions

3.30- 3.45 - Arrangements for the next meeting in Kent in March. Updates on case studies. 

 In Summary

The meeting had presentations from partners at Brunel and Greenwich universities on their progress in  managing academic workloads in their institution. This involved a review of practices and interviews of some heads of school.  Another presentation by Alan Dainty on  employee relations helped to focus the discussion  and provide an understanding of those areas that Trade Union groups would  liked to see addressed within any MAW system. (Partners please see intranet fro these presentations)

Between these presentations partners worked in groups identifying  the driving forces to build a MAW approach and also those factors that would work against more effective management of academic workloads. The challenge set then was to identify actions that could build on the drivers and address the restraining forces.  Please see "Partnership Outputs information sheet 5" on the side menu for a summary diagram of this work. 

 Updates were then given by each partner on their progress to date and arrangements were made for future meetings and work.