AWAM – an update for HE staff

Andrea ChesterUncategorized7 Comments

I know that any email with AWAM in the title brings joy to most hearts. A necessary tool to help us manage equitable workloads I’m aware the AWAM is often a space of contention. Like Skinner’s rats that received electric shocks, I too get a little twitchy at the mention of the AWAM!

In 2017 we continued to tweak the AWAM; my thanks to the team, chaired by Peter R, who worked on this. Di has produced a very helpful and well annotated spreadsheet that we will implement in 2019.

I’d like to fire up the AWAM committee. I have reviewed the College guidelines for the committee and I have decided to rethink the membership of this group. In 2018, the AWAM committee will consist of:

  • Associate Dean, HE
  • Associate Dean, R&I
  • Academic Director, Professional Practice
  • School Manager
  • 2 elected staff reps

Michael has already accepted one of the staff rep roles (thank you!) and I will ask Ronnie to shortly call for another rep. I encourage our Early Career Academics to consider applying for this role. The group can choose a chair in the first meeting. The chair will receive a 5% allocation under leadership in the AWAM. Other members will pick up the role under the 5% administrative duties in the AWAM.

The function of the AWAM committee is to:

  • Oversee the timely development of the School Academic Workload Model by November of each year for the following year.
  • Consider and seek to resolve issues raised by staff through the consultation process.
  • Monitor and review implementation of the workload allocation model within the School.
  • Keep a transparent record and monitor additional workload allocations given to individuals or groups throughout the year.
  • Engage in genuine consultation with staff regarding the model with adequate opportunity for staff to input and engage in the consultation process.
  • Provide advice and make recommendations to the Dean on matters requiring action relating to academic workloads within the School and regarding annual review of the College Framework.

7 Comments on “AWAM – an update for HE staff”

  1. Hi Andrea – just noting the communication re the spreadsheet – there has already been one that went through the process last year – the committee and staff have agreed to the use of this one – if it is to be changed for 2019, it would be my opinion that it will need to go through the committee a process before it is used – Is this correct ? cheers Michael

  2. Hi Andrea – just noting the communication re the spreadsheet – there has already been one that went through the workload committee process last year – the committee and staff have agreed to the use of this one – if it is to be changed for 2019, it would be my opinion that it will need to go through the committee process before it is used – Is this correct ? cheers Michael

  3. Hi – One other quick comment – the level of expertise of staff reps needs to reflect that of management reps – it’s fine for all levels of staff to be reps – but – if the staff reps are both B’s and we are arguing with others who are Assoc Professors etc and possibly on exec this isn’t fair – there needs to be a fair balance – cheers Michael

  4. Hi – One more comment – workload reps have always attracted a time allowance because to work involved in being on the committee has been extensive – in the past for instance I have attracted a 2% time allocation – this is fair because the work is on top of ordinary administrative work that we all do – and need 5% to cover – reducing the time allocations for staff reps is a cut in conditions and by extension a cut in pay – my position would be that staff reps and others need to be adequately compensated for their time on the committee – Michael

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