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MAW - Management of Academic Workloads

Workshops

Workshop 1 - Policy Guidelines - 4th December 2007

See Information sheet 1 for detials on Policy issues 

Programme

10.00 - 10.30 - Arrival and coffee

 
10.30 - 11.15   Session 1- Introductions, overview of project, partnership inputs.

 
11.15 - 12.30   Session 2 – Brief presentations by three partners on policy guidelines (including problems and helpful practices).

This will be followed by a discussion and collating of ideas on: purpose and, content (principles, conformity issues, range of duties included, units of measure, monitoring and audit),  and also consultation, ageements, dissemination and impact of policy.

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12.30 - 1.30  Lunch


1.30 - 2.30 Session 3 - Small group work focusing on two issues: policy dissemination and training needs for heads of schools. Feedback and discussion about mechanisms to inform senior management.

 
2.30 - 3.30 Session 4 - Brief presentations by three partners on equality and diversity issues, and employment contract issues followed by discussion.


3.30 - 3.45 Arrangements for the next meeting. Partner preparation work for next meeting on the range of models/ methods used within their university faculties to allocate work.


3.45 Close and Tea.

 

 Summary Workshop Meeting  

The meeting on the 4th of December looked at the policy  aspects of managing  workloads of academics. Presentations were made by four of the partner organisations, University of Wales Institute Cardfiff (UWIC), Napier University, Sheffield Hallam University and Keele University.  Discussion centred around the many agreed principles for MAW, such as equity, transparency of operations, and principled defensible approaches and also on some of the problems involved for managers. These included equality and diversity issues such as decisions on who gets certain work tasks and the longer term implications of some allocations; the problem of how research can be incorporated in to allocations especially when workloads are high; and for some institutions the additional factor of defined weekly maximum teaching times . 

An information sheet summarising the event is available on the website on the partnership outputs page.