Central Policy and Governance

University Academic Workload Policy

The University of Exeter has established Workload planning policy guidance, which is reviewed annually by the Workload Planning Steering Group, and provides a framework to:

  • Ensure that, as a research-intensive institution, staff with a contractual duty to research are given time and opportunity to develop and publish their research.
  • Assist the University through Colleges to address its obligations to manage the health and safety of its staff, particularly with regard to stress, wellbeing and work-life balance.
  • Assist the University in meeting its equality and diversity obligations.
  • Provide for parity of treatment in the distribution of work to academic staff in each College, taking account of discipline-specific characteristics.
  • Provide a basis for the costing of the delivery of taught modules.
  • A system that fully articulates with TRAC, and is capable of replacing the manual completion of TAS by academic staff.

Individual College policies can be found on our College information pages.

Governance

The University’s Workload Planning Steering Group was established in January 2014, chaired by the DVC (Education) Professor Tim Quine, with membership comprising a senior representative from each College, HR, Policy, Planning and Business Intelligence of the University and College Union. The Steering Group meets once each term. As a member of VCEG, Tim Quine provides the link to the top level of management of the University.

Most Colleges have a Workload Allocation Action Group (WAAG) which meets regularly to discuss issues with Workload Planning and the use of SWARM; to find out more about the WAAG (or equivalent) in your College, please contact your college workload planning administrator.