BCL/MJur Tutorials

Tutorial buyouts, and how to count BCL/MJur tutorials against stint

Updated: 16 May 2023

Post holders may receive recognition or remuneration for BCL/MJur tutorials by one or more of the following:

1. Counting tutorials against Faculty stint.  A one-hour graduate tutorial counts as one unit of stint (i.e. three one-hour graduate tutorials count as one hour of contractual lecturing or teaching obligation).  This option does not require Faculty approval.

2. Buyouts, for those with college stint and who are giving a substantial number of tutorials.  It is possible to organise a buyout of college tutorial teaching for the purpose of BCL/MJur tutorial provision.  This is an exceptional arrangement that applies only to BCL/MJur tutorials, as the Faculty cannot ordinarily buy out college stint to cover Faculty teaching.  Thus, it is the responsibility of the postholder to obtain approval for this buyout from their College first.

To be eligible for this type of buyout, the postholder must expect to fully meet their University stint through other means, and have the equivalent spare college stint available to be bought out.  The College will be asked to confirm that they will reduce the postholder's tutorial stint by the corresponding amount.  Faculty approval will always be conditional upon College approval, which must be obtained first. Please ensure that you alert your college to the Faculty's BCL/MJur buyout rate (Old System Higher Buy-out Rate as described above) at the time you make the request for the buyout. 

We have a new online form to request a BCL/MJur tutorial buyout (live from 16 May 2023; closing date for applications 23 June 2023). 

The Faculty has a standard rate for BCL/MJur tutorial buyouts. The basic 2022-23 rate is £2,530 per annualised hour, where an annualised hour is equivalent to 24 hours of tutorial teaching (regardless of number of students per tutorial). This is based on the former 'higher' rate set by the Senior Tutors' Committee (STC); it is published in the STC Register of Approved Payments where it is referred to as an "Old System Higher Buy-out Rate" and is based on a whole job rate divided by a number of annualised hours. The BCL/MJur tutorial buyout rate applies uniquely to this type of buyout. For all other buyouts, e.g. in respect of a Faculty Officer role, the new system Senior Tutors' Committee Rates - rate A; B or C depending on circumstance - will apply. New STC rates for 2023-24, incorporating any increase for inflation, will be published in MT23.

This option requires advance approval by the Vice Dean (Teaching and Recruitment) and must be renewed annually if required for more than one year.   

3. Payment by the Faculty.  BCL/MJur tutorials are the only type of teaching for which an overstint payment may be made.  For postholders with a teaching stint, payment is automatically made to postholders at the end of the year after the submission of the Annual Teaching Return, provided the Teaching Return is completed by the end of June. Payment for overstint tutorials will not be processed on the basis of teaching returns completed after that date.

Rate of pay will be based on University Grade 7.1 (the Departmental Lecturer Grade), which currently equates to £17.55 per hour, for up to 2.75 hours per one-hour tutorial.

4. BCL/MJur Collections

Payment for setting and marking collections may be made using the standard Senior Tutors’ Committee rates.  These are currently: (a) for a collection paper that is specially devised: one third of the single tutorial, £9.22, and (b) for the marking of collection papers - half the single hourly rate per script, £13.83 per script.  This work cannot be counted against stint, and payment should be claimed on an overtime form, obtained from the Personnel Officer, Emma Gascoigne (payroll@law.ox.ac.uk).

Anyone who does not hold a teaching post in the Faculty should refer to the page on Additional Teaching

Report writing

Faculty members are reminded that reports on BCL and MJur students should no longer be submited via OxCORT, and should instead be sent to the BCL/MJur Course Administrator in Week 7 of each term.

BCL/MJur/MSc Criminology Faculty Advisors should claim their supervision payment on OxCORT, and will be paid a fixed top-up fee in addition to this.


All fees and rates of pay will be updated for 2023-24 when the rates are known.