Our forthcoming Branch Negotiating Secretary has shown in the attached spreadsheet a comparison between the calculation of a work plan (using the Faculty of ACES systems) for  2017/18 (OLD) and 2018/19 (NEW). The headline result is that the NEW AWP calculation reports a decrease in scheduled teaching duties (STD), down by 59 hrs, and a decrease in teaching related duties (TRD), down by 45 hrs.  That means the capacity to take on work has increased, in this case one whole 20 credit module’s worth of teaching*. In other words, this demonstrates work intensification between the OLD and the NEW methods of calculating workloads.

Use this comparison calculator to see how the changes affect you personally!

Members attending our last two very well attended branch meetings have responded to the planned AWP changes clearly and strongly, and subsequently we as a union have embarked on a rolling programme of action against workload intensification.

While at present management have pledged that no one will be expected to do more work in 2018/19 than in 2017/18 if the 2017/18 work plan was considered full, given normal margins, with the planned changes to AWP, we can expect significant levels of work intensification the following year and thereafter.

What can you do? Speak to your colleagues, raise awareness, ask them to join UCU, attend our monthly branch meetings, and come along to any one of our future protests against workload intensification. This is real, this is urgent.

Yours, Branch Committee.

*The Old AWP system in ACES, now STA, Allocated 60STD hrs and match that with 60TRD hrs for a full 20 credit module. The New AWP system has reduced to 48STD hrs, plus a match of 48TRD hrs, plus assesment hours depending on the number of students (typically 5TRD hrs) plus 10TRD hrs if you are the module leader.