Developing an academic workload model

I wrote recently about the benefits – and challenges – of developing academic workload models within higher education institutions. Somebody asked me subsequently what a workload model could look like in practice, so I drew them the diagram below. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s not pretty, but it does hopefully give an indication of how such a model could be developed and what information it could provide.

Workload Model

Just click on the image to get a PDF version. And if you’d like to know more or to discuss how workload modelling could help your institution, please do feel free to get in touch.

Academic workload modelling: Friend or foe?

One of the concerns that I hear most frequently from university senior managers is that they have no idea how members of their academic staff are spending their time. And a common complaint fromĀ academicsĀ themselves is that the ‘centre’ just doesn’t understand the huge number of different activities that they have to contend with. Workload modelling provides a way to bridge this gap. Continue reading