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1 Work-load Model in the School of Plant Biology Hans Lambers & Renu Sharma

2 Why did we (not) want a work-load model? To “look after” staff who are inclined to take on too much (e.g., teaching), and therefore cannot develop in a manner that is in the best interest of themselves (and the School) To “look after” staff who are inclined to take on too much (e.g., teaching), and therefore cannot develop in a manner that is in the best interest of themselves (and the School) It was not a matter of ensuring everyone works hard enough, because work ethics in the School are such that there is absolutely no reason for this It was not a matter of ensuring everyone works hard enough, because work ethics in the School are such that there is absolutely no reason for this

3 The context 7.5 hours per day for 5 days per week 7.5 hours per day for 5 days per week 48 weeks 48 weeks 4 weeks annual leave for work-life balance 4 weeks annual leave for work-life balance 1800 hours per year 1800 hours per year Weightings as discussed in staff meetings, and reviewed from time to time Weightings as discussed in staff meetings, and reviewed from time to time In fact, we need to have another close look at our weightings In fact, we need to have another close look at our weightings

4 What do we capture? UG teaching (Student Contact & Teaching Admin) UG teaching (Student Contact & Teaching Admin)  Lectures  Practicals  Tutorials  Coordination  Marking Postgraduate supervision Postgraduate supervision Research Research –Publications  Dependent on number of authors –Grant proposals  Dependent on size and role –(Components “not captured”) Service within UWA e.g., Service within UWA e.g.,  (Deputy) Head of School  Postgraduate coordinator  (Deputy) Program Leader in Institute of Agriculture  Chair of School’s Teaching & Learning Committee  Member of Faculty’s Teaching & Learning Committee

5 What do we not capture? Memberships of editorial boards Memberships of editorial boards  This is valued, as made clear during PDR Memberships of panels of funding agencies Memberships of panels of funding agencies  These tend to be paid activities Activities as reviewer Activities as reviewer  Valued, and part of any researcher’s duties Hands-on research Hands-on research  Part of the research time that is “not captured” Writing textbooks Writing textbooks  Not in UWA publication allocation

6 Weighting of activities Trialled for a year or two, and then reviewed Trialled for a year or two, and then reviewed We’re all convinced we don’t have the weighting 100% right We’re all convinced we don’t have the weighting 100% right We aim for transparency We aim for transparency We don’t want a bureaucratic nightmare, and add significantly to staff workloads We don’t want a bureaucratic nightmare, and add significantly to staff workloads It’s the relative workloads that provide guidance for School Management It’s the relative workloads that provide guidance for School Management  Protection of some staff that tend to become overloaded  Not important to make sure everyone works hard enough  The latter is not an issue in Plant Biology

7 Weightings as currently used Teaching Teaching  Lectures –New Course: 12 hours –Major Rewrite: 4 hours –Existing: 2 hours –Repeat: 1.5 hours  Lecture Loading –0.03 hours/student/lecture (Class <50) –0.06 hours/student/lecture (Class>50)  Practicals –Demo: weight of 1 per hour lab presence –Labs responsible for: weight of 1 per 2/3 hour lab

8 Weightings as currently used  Tutorials –Tutorials: 2 hours per tutorial –Repeat: 1 hour per tutorial  Coordination and field tours –Unit Coordination:  Honours: 7.5 hours per student  400 Coordinator: 7.5 hours per student  Field trip: 40 hours –Attendant field tour: 30 hours  Marking –0.5 hours per student

9 Weightings as currently used Postgraduate supervision Postgraduate supervision –MSc or PhD Supervision: 50 hours per student –Honours Supervision: 100 hours per student –Fourth-year students: 75 hours per student –HD Lectures: 4 hours per lecture

10 Weightings as currently used Research Research –Publications  60 hours per WOU divided by number of authors –Submitted grant proposals   Grant application CI (>$100K/a): 100 hours when senior CI   Grant application CI (>$100K/a): 50 hours when co-CI   Grant application CI (<$100K/a): 40 hours when senior CI   Grant application CI (<$100K/a): 20 hours when co-CI

11 Weightings as currently used Services within UWA Services within UWA –Head of School: 750 hours –Deputy Head of School: 50 hours –Postgraduate coordinator: 100 hours –Chair of School’s Teaching & Learning Committee: 25 hours –Member of Faculty’s Teaching & Learning Committee: 150 hours –Program Coordinator Institute of Agriculture: 180 hours –Deputy Program coordinator Institute of Agriculture: 45 hours –Exceptional additional duties: 150 hours –General allocation to all staff (service : 20 hours

12 Our Average Workload in % (Hands-on research not captured!)

13 Further work in progress Series of staff, student and research forums in the School to enhance efficiency in School budget and operations Series of staff, student and research forums in the School to enhance efficiency in School budget and operations Enhance quality of supervision including research supervision Enhance quality of supervision including research supervision Analysis of teaching to avoid overlap and have more meaningful larger units to streamline staff workload issues Analysis of teaching to avoid overlap and have more meaningful larger units to streamline staff workload issues Implement complete transparency in School operations to ensure Plant Biology is a productive and fun place Implement complete transparency in School operations to ensure Plant Biology is a productive and fun place Support Work-life balance! Support Work-life balance!

14 Seek wisdom and transparency Have fun while seeking


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