Know Your Contract

This guidance relates to the contract for academic staff, full-time and fractional part-time, at the University of Teesside.

The Contract

•    38 Teaching and Teaching Related Weeks (TTR)

•    5/6 Weeks Self Managed Scholarly Activity (SMSA – sometimes called RSA by managers)

•    35 days Leave plus Christmas/New Year Closure

The 38 TTR Weeks

  • Weeks not days
  • Start first Monday in September
  • Does not include the weeks of the Christmas Vacation
  • Does not include the weeks of the Easter or Spring Break Vacation
  • Use the Academic Calendar Planner to help you work out your own 38 TTR weeks


  • Any time which is not TTR or Leave
  • Self managed not directed
  • Normally part of the PDR is used to discuss how this time is to be used


  • 35 Days plus University Days which are part of Christmas/New Year Closure
  • Must be booked using Annual Leave System
  • Is entered on central record system
  • Entitled to 6 weeks continuous
Know Your Contract