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Academic workload management: a review of developments

This conference will follow up on the interest generated by two previous events looking at academic workload management run by UCEA and the University of the West of England (UWE) - the latter supported by project funding from the LFHE - in March 2013 and December 2013 respectively.

The conference will showcase a range of approaches to academic workload management and share new learning and experiences that are emerging within the sector. 

It is aimed at senior HR representatives, strategic planning representatives, technology solution providers and other senior management colleagues who are involved in the selection, commissioning and implementation of workload management solutions within their higher education institution.

The morning of the conference will include a summary of the key steps in formalising a workload management system from concept to implementation, from matching administrative processes to IT systems and managing the staff-related issues. The sessions will establish who should be involved in setting up these systems and will include a review of the key lessons learned across the sector. The afternoon will comprise detailed case study presentations from three HEIs which are each working with different technology partners and implementing different solutions. During the case studies delegates will:

  • See demonstrations of three different working models of academic workload management systems.
  • Hear how academic workload management systems work alongside performance management processes and systems within HEIs.
  • Hear how HEIs achieve a fit between workload planning models and reporting requirements, such as TRAC.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Amy Norton, Senior Higher Education Policy Adviser, HEFCE
  • Professor Terry Threadgold, formerly Pro Vice-Chancellor (PVC) Staff, Cardiff University
  • Professor Martin Boddy, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Business Engagement, University of the West of England and Chair of the Performance for All Academic Workload Management and Planning working groups
  • Iain Clark, Head of HR Management Systems and Information, University of Sunderland
  • Gill Allaway, Workload Planning & Data Quality Analyst Strategic Planning and Change, University of Exeter
  • Carol Kear, Performance & Cost Effectiveness Manager at the University of Gloucestershire

The day will run between 10.30am (registration from 10am) and close at 3.30pm and is being held in Bristol.

A detailed and timed programme can be found below.

Academic workload planning: a review of developments

Prices and booking processes:

Delegates from UCEA member HEIs

£310 per place.

If you work at a UCEA member institution book places via this link

Delegates from other HEIs and HE sector agencies

£410 per place.

If you work for an HEI not in UCEA membership or another HE sector agency please email for more details about booking a place on this workshop.