Review our approach to Workload Allocation within Faculties providing a framework to support workload allocation in a fair and consistent way.
A Working Group (WG) was established in January 2020 to lead on the Workload Allocation action which had been identified as way in which we can further support the health and wellbeing of our staff. The Terms of Reference are available on QOL under University Documents. The WG met on five occasions, the first two meetings took place before the pandemic, and remaining three when lockdown measures were in place.
Feedback from Working Group members, and that gathered from their colleagues, was used to develop the Workload Allocation Guidance. The Workload Allocation Guidance includes the definition of the purpose of workload allocation for Queen’s, the scope of the guidance, principles and operational guidance and a review mechanism.
The WG met a number of times when lockdown measures were in place and agreed the importance of updating the guidance to reflect the impact of COVID-19 on academic workload. Members agreed that the principles are very relevant in the current environment and therefore that it would be timely to launch with immediate effect.
The Workload Allocation Guidance was approved by the University Executive Board (UEB) on 30 June 2020. While the principles are applicable now, it is recognised that some of the Operational Guidelines will not be fully effective until 2021/22.
UEB also recognised that the Workload Allocation Guidance will be subject to change, reflecting the challenging and dynamic environment in which we are operating, and a review will take place early next year.
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