Our recent AGM discussed our work in the coming year, as the university moves to more on-campus work.
Towering above the other issues was the need for university action on workload. Despite amazing efforts by all staff throughout the pandemic to keep the university going workload pressure is still far too high. Court figures the last time this was discussed revealed that GCU had the second highest student staff ratio in all of the Scottish post-92 universities. This is not for anyone’s ‘common good’ – neither the staff, the students, or indeed the university.
The university ‘new blood’ campaign to bring on more staff has had an impact in some areas, but there are still too many bottlenecks where staff are going off unwell due to the stress of their workload.
And we still do not have a functioning Work Allocation Model.
We believe it is a priority for university management to take the issue of work allocation seriously. We believe they need to sit down now and come up with an agreed system.
Meanwhile we are calling an on-line meeting for members particularly interested in this issue.
You will be seeing copies of our poster around campus until we’ve achieved progress on it. If you’re interested in helping build our campaign on this – or want to tell us of the workload situation you are facing, e-mail our secretary Lyle Gray here