Managing workloads

I was delighted yesterday to have the opportunity to speak with the members of the Higher Education Strategic Planners Association (HESPA) workload management interest group at their annual meeting, hosted this year by the University of Hull.

To see a copy of my presentation, click here.

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I also had the chance to promote my ‘Sockmonkey Guide’ to academic workload modelling, which you can download here.

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As well as the accompanying basic MS Excel workload modelling template (which is fully customisable and issued under a Creative Commons license), which you can download here.

If you’re looking for help in developing, improving or getting more out of an academic workload model, you might be interested in my brochure, which you can download here.

WLM Brochure

Or feel free to drop me a line for an informal and no-obligation chat. I’m always keen to learn what people are up to. And I’d love to hear from you.

Learn how academic workload modelling can work for you

Academic workload modelling is an approach to understanding how members of academic staff spend their time when they are at work, from teaching and research to management, administration, academic citizenship and other activities.

It’s one of those things that universities and other higher education institutions and providers frequently feel that they should be doing, without really being sure why. And when they have a model, they’re not always entirely sure what to do with it.

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This is why I’ve written the Sockmonkey Guide to Academic Workload Modelling.

This how-to guide seeks to lift the lid on the workload modelling process, to consider what a workload model can – and cannot – achieve and to explore how an effective workload model can be developed in practice.

It also, critically, looks at how institutions can use their workload models to improve what they do, to be more efficient in how they work and to bring about positive change for their people.

The guide is free to download in PDF form.

I’ve also developed a basic workload model template in Microsoft Excel format, which institutions can use to get a feel for how a model might work. You can download the template here.

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I’ve released it under a Creative Commons license, so you can also play around with it and tailor it to your own needs.

And I’ve developed a suite of support packages for individual academic departments, faculties or institutions, too, which help them to design, develop and implement robust workload models. You can read about these packages and how they could help you in this brochure.

Please do let me know if you find the guide and/or the template useful. And if you’d like to discuss workload modelling in more detail, or to share your own experiences, don’t hesitate to get in touch.