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MAW - Management of Academic Workloads


Workshop 4 Consolidation - 16th October 2008

This  workshop will be at Napier University on the 16th of October 2008,in Forth room in New Craig Building at the Craighouse Campus. Click here for map .

MAW Workshop 4 – Consolidation.

9.30- 10.00 - Arrival and coffee

10.00- 11.15 Session 1 – Introduction and presentations by Debbie Thiara of the Health and Safety Executive and Nicola Dandridge of the Equality Challenge Unit. Followed by discussion.

11.15 - 12.30 Session 2 – Group work focusing on the presentations and their implications for MAW practices. Preparation of checklist questions/prompts to meet ECU and HSE challenges.

12.30- 1.15 Lunch

1.15- 2.00 Session 3 – Presentation / discussion on Change Management and MAW by Peter Barrett.

2.00- 3.00 Session 4 – Use of databases and spreadsheets in MAW led by Keith Harrison SHU.

3.00 -3.30 Session 5 – Plenary feedback and update on action plans/institutional progress reports.

3.30- 3.45 - Arrangements for the next meeting, dates and location. Updates on case studies, TRAC etc .

Work between workshops 4 and 5 to focus on consolidating and implementing action plans (trying the ideas and reflection/ learning resulting from the action, leading to revising/reframing of ideas for future action).

Management of Academic Working-Loading (MAW), Health & Safety Executive Management Standards for Stress (HSE) and Equality Challenge Unit Requirements (ECU) Relationship. See Information sheet 4 for more details on this.

Keith Harrison, Sheffield Hallam, 20 October 2008

This note was drafted in response to presentations made by Debbie Thiara (Health & Safety Executive) and Nicola Dandridge (Equality Challenge Unit) at the HEFCE MAW Project Workshop at the University of Napier 16th October 2008.
Click here to see the full document. See also Information Sheet 4 of the main menu Partnership Outputs

A summary of the main  levels  of MAW
Keith Harrison SHU

MAW needs to be envisaged as requiring action at four levels:

Level Aspect Example Chain
1 University Level MAW Designing a policy framework to facilitate transparent and equitable allocation practices that work consistently across the university.
2 Faculty / School / Department Designing effective and efficient academic processes that help to alleviate work-loads of staff. Investment Time Reduction e.g. rationalising the number of taught modules.Delivery time efficiency 
3 Academic Group Level MAW The allocation of the work (which derives from Level I) amongst members of a subject group. Reducing the variety of types of role / task in work plans reduces the fragmentation of the working week. e.g liaison between subject group leader and timetabling staff to concentrate staff teaching to particular days, so that staff have large blocks to focus on other activities such as research. 
4 Individual Level MAW Effective personal time management by members of a subject group to the work-load allocated by the group. Concentrating on a narrow range of tasks for longer periods tends to be less stressful than moving rapidly from one task to another.Responsibility to plan and use their time efficiently and effectively.