Some Standard Responses

What follows are intended to be examples of standard responses (probably by email) that you can use to manage workload related issues.

Being asked to carry out teaching or teaching related activities in addition to the contracted 38 weeks

Dear <insert name>,

Thank you for the invitation to participate in the <exam board | teaching | seminar | whatever> on <insert date>.

I have decided to decline your invitation on the grounds that this activity is <teaching | teaching related>, and it takes place outside of my agreed 38 weeks of teaching and teaching related (TTR) activities.

Where not otherwise varied by agreement, the 38 TTR week period for the academic year 2010/11 is from 6th September 2010 to 24th June 2011 (with gaps over the Christmas 2010 and Spring Break 2011 vacation periods). The default 38 week TTR period for the academic year 2011/12 begins on Monday 5th September 2011.

Regards,<insert name>

Dear <insert name>,

Thank you for the invitation to participate in the <exam board | teaching | seminar | whatever> on <insert date>.

I am considering your invitation, but since this activity is <teaching | teaching related>, and it takes place outside of my agreed 38 weeks of teaching and teaching related (TTR) activities I need to know, in advance, what you are offering to me in exchange for my participation. I am prepared to consider <being paid over and above my normal salary | resources being made available to me for equipment / conferences etc. | additional days of holiday>.

Where not otherwise varied by agreement, the 38 TTR week period for the academic year 2010/11 is from 6th September 2010 to 24th June 2011 (with gaps over the Christmas 2010 and Spring Break 2011 vacation periods). The default 38 week TTR period for the academic year 2011/12 begins on Monday 5th September 2011.

Regards,<insert name>

Dear <insert name>,

Thank you for the invitation to participate in the <exam board | teaching | seminar | whatever> on <insert date>.

Since this activity is <teaching | teaching related>, and it takes place outside of my agreed 38 weeks of teaching and teaching related (TTR) activities I am only prepared to attend if <I am paid over and above my normal salary | I receive additional days of holiday in compensation | something else>.

Where not otherwise varied by agreement, the 38 TTR week period for the academic year 2010/11 is from 6th September 2010 to 24th June 2011 (with gaps over the Christmas 2010 and Spring Break 2011 vacation periods). The default 38 week TTR period for the academic year 2011/12 begins on Monday 5th September 2011.

Regards,<insert name>