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Lead: John Tully, Senior Faculty Manager, University of East Anglia

Welcome to the interest group page for workload management. The group has been formed to provide a network for colleagues involved or interested in workload management. Topics about, or related to, workload management are wide-ranging and the group's agenda is driven by the concerns and interests of its members.

The network considers the latest developments in workload management, recognises best practice in the sector and helps to enhance approaches to workload management. It also discusses and resolves issues and problems, and shares ideas and experiences.

A workload model is a planning tool which seeks to allocate the staff resource in a unit, dividing the resource to support key academic activities such as research, teaching, engagement, leadership and administration, over a period of time, and in relation to a strategic plan. All universities operate forms of models which aim to achieve these objectives.

Workload models and workload management are often concerned with:

  • Workload allocation and enabling the best match between unit strategic objectives and its staff resource
  • Providing improved management information to senior management for personnel, finance and strategic management planning
  • Joining up workload data to activity costings and establishing a better understanding of real costs
  • Introducing efficiencies in TRAC
  • Making the allocation of workload more transparent, building trust between staff members within a unit, aiming to improve morale, and about fostering understanding and respect for the differing individual contributions of academic colleagues 
  • Linking workload allocation with the professional and career aspirations of individuals
  • Helping to support Health and Safety responsibilities
  • Supporting equality and diversity. Being Athena Swan compliant.
  • Analysing the pressures within a unit and understanding impact on working culture.

While not an exhaustive list the above indicates some of the topics for possible exploration by the network.

You can find relevant resources on the Workload Management Resources Page and take part in the interest group discussions.

Workload management is a fascinating subject and the group is currently recruiting members. If you would like to be involved in the network, or like more information about its activities or just to have a chat, please contact John Tully at j.tully@uea.ac.uk

You can find relevant resources below: