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Current practice in the allocation of academic workloads

Barrett, LC and Barrett, PS 2007, 'Current practice in the allocation of academic workloads' , Higher Education Quarterly, 61 (4) , pp. 461-478.

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Abstract

Significant factors within UK higher education include explicit competition, regulatory demands and pressures to maintain student numbers despite tuition fee increases. Universities have responded by more actively managing finances and quality but seemingly not staff time. This paper sets out findings on the processes and practices surrounding academic workload allocation (WLA) in universities, based on 59 detailed interviews from a cross section of staff. The main findings from this research are that there are a huge variety of different practices surrounding WLA and much potential for improvement. The approaches observed can be seen to work in a continuum from informal to partial, to the more comprehensive. Although many felt the disciplinary context to be very important to the process chosen, the findings of the research reveal that this is not the case.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD0028 - 0070 Management. Industrial Management
Subjects / Themes > L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD4801 Labor. Work. Working class
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Salford Centre for Research & Innovation (SCRI)
Journal or Publication Title: Higher Education Quarterly
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 09515224
Depositing User: MDJ Davies
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2007 15:16
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 15:55
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/1574

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