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Role of institutes

In establishing the curricula the institutes are responsible for determining how the teaching load is distributed in the relevant academic year. In this context, the institute will take into account your current teaching load and subsidiary activities (both within and outside the study programme). It goes without saying that you should have enough time to supervise students, conduct research and develop new initiatives.

The institutes are responsible for distributing the teaching load among lecturers and monitoring whether all proposed teaching tasks are relevant and useful. In this context, institutes may press for changes in the study programme curriculum.

Staffing of educational programme: distribution of tasks

Aspects to consider when assigning teaching load

The staffing of educational programmes and the distribution of teaching load is a complex process, in which not every task can be explicitly named or expressed in money. It is difficult to formulate a strict teaching load norm because of the great variety of teaching methods and approaches. Ideally, programmes would be organised such that lecturers have time for research, development, research proposals and educational innovation.

In assigning teaching load, the institute should take into account the following aspects:

  • The lecturer’s contracted teaching load 
  • Ancillary activities within the study programme: 
    Lecturers who teach courses in a study programme also contribute to the good functioning of the programme as a whole (departmental board, board of examiners, department teaching committee, mentoring, trial lectures)
  • Ancillary activities outside the study programme: 
    Supervising and teaching PhD students, administrative work for the institute, other academic, Faculty or University tasks, such as teaching in the context of the Honours College or Honours Classes
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