The management of academic workloads: full report on findings

Barrett, LC and Barrett, PS 2008, The management of academic workloads: full report on findings , Project Report, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE).

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The pressures on UK higher education (from explicit competition and growth in student numbers, to severe regulatory demands) are greater than ever, and have resulted in a steady increase in measures taken by universities to actively manage their finances and overall quality. These pressures are also likely to have impacted on staff and, indeed, recent large surveys in the sector have indicated that almost half of respondents find their workloads unmanageable. Against this background it would seem logical that the emphasis on institutional interventions to improve finance and quality, should be matched by similar attention given to the allocation of workloads to staff, and a focus on how best to utilise people’s time - the single biggest resource available within universities. Thus the aim of this piece of research was to focus on the processes and practices surrounding the allocation of staff workloads within higher education. Ten diverse organisations were selected for study: six universities in the UK, two overseas universities and two non higher education (but knowledge-intensive) organisations. In each, a crosssection of staff was selected, and in-depth interviews carried out. A total of 59 such interviews were carried out across the ten organisations. By identifying typical practices, as well as interesting alternatives, views on the various strengths and weaknesses of each of their workload allocation approaches was collated; and associated factors requiring attention identified. Through an extensive process of analysis, approaches which promoted more equitable loads for individuals, and which might provide synergies for institutions were also investigated.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Additional Information: Part of the Research and Development Series. ISBN: 9780955378874
Themes: Subjects / Themes > L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments
Publisher: Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE)
Refereed: Yes
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Funders: Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE)
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2008 11:00
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 07:50

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