Academic Career and Reward Framework

Workstream 2: Academic Workload


This workstream aims to propose a framework which delivers relief of workload stress for academics, and promotes and encourages departments to engage with workload models.


Work carried out under the Academic Workload stream falls into two broad stages:

  1. Data gathering and analysis - this involves benchmarking employment terms and responsibilities/duties of academics (particularly Associate Professors and the balance between college and University duties) and identifying workload models in operation in other UK Higher Education Institutions
  2. Modelling of workload elements and mapping onto the new model.


Date Update
November 2023

Initial information gathering has been undertaken on the workload models currently in place both within the University and in other Russell Group institutions. 

Work will continue into 2024, with further research informed by the initial data gathering stage.

July 2023 The terms of reference for benchmarking have been agreed by the Steering Group and this work is being carried out over the summer. The outcomes of the benchmarking will be reported to both the Steering Group for this project and the Steering Committee for the Pay and Conditions Report.