What's my stint?  See the section on Stint Obligation.

Weighting of teaching activities

Page updated: 20 September 2016

When calculating stint fulfilment, the weighting of teaching activities is as follows:

Teaching (Hours)Weighting (Units)
A 1-hour BCL/MJur tutorial1 unit

A 1-hour lecture, class or seminar (including CLRM classes and revision classes)

3 units
A shared 1-hour lecture, class or seminar3 units divided equally between the number leading the seminar

Weighting of supervision

When including supervision as part of stint fulfilment (which increases the overall stint obligation; see the section on including research supervision here) supervision activities count as follows:

SupervisionWeighting (Units)
Supervision of research student (years 1-3)24 units per year (12 for joint supervision)
Supervision of research student (after year 3)12 per year (6 for joint supervision)
Supervision of BCL/MJur dissertation8 per year (4 for joint supervision)

Supervision of MSc in Criminology (Research Methods) dissertation

Supervision of MSc in Criminology dissertation

8 per year (4 for joint supervision)

6 per year (3 for joint supervision)

Further explanation

Statutory Professorships are not unitised, only Associate Professorships and other academic posts that include a teaching obligation.

Thus, a one-hour BCL/MJur tutorial counts as one unit for postholders with a unitised stint.  Three one-hour BCL/MJur tutorials count as one lecturing hour for statutory professors.

A one-hour lecture counts as three units for postholders with a unitised stint, and as one lecturing hour for statutory professors.

Supervision is not counted in units for statutory professors, and does not count against a professor’s 36-hour lecturing obligation. 

The following guidelines relate to postholders’ Faculty stint only, (i.e. University rather than College stint) and are designed to make it easier for postholders to count their stint correctly. 

1.   A one-hour seminar, lecture or class prima facie counts as three units of stint. In the context of Faculty teaching, a class is more usually referred to as a seminar.  To avoid any possible confusion, a 'class' for these purposes does not include a class given as part of college teaching.  If you are unclear whether something should or should not count, it is best to contact the Vice Dean. 

2. Whether a postholder is entitled to count seminar teaching towards his or her stint, and whether a seminar series is treated as the responsibility of two or more post holders, is ordinarily determined by reference to the person or persons named alongside the seminar series in the lecture list. 

Thus, if one postholder is listed next to a seminar series of eight two-hour seminars, that postholder will be entitled to treat this as 48 units of stint (or 16 measures of stint).  If two postholders are listed next to a series of eight two-hour seminars, those postholders will be entitled to treat this as 24 units of stint each (or 8 measures of stint each).  If three postholders are listed, they will each be entitled to treat it as 16 units of stint (or 5.3 measures of stint each), and so on.

Where this outcome does not reflect the actual division of labour between the postholders, the postholders may agree an alternative division of the total number of stint measures for the seminar series. So, for example, where A and B conduct four of the two-hour seminars together, C leads three on her own and D leads one on his own, A and B could each count four measures, C could count six measures and D could count two measures, out of the available total of 16.  Any questions about alternative counting mechanisms should be referred to the Vice Dean.

3. Jurisprudence mini-option class teaching may be counted against either Faculty or College stint, using the standard tutorial metric.  Please note that over-stint payments cannot be made for this teaching.

4.   Where a repeat teaching session is provided by the same individual – as where a seminar group is divided in two to keep the numbers down – the first session counts in full, and the repeat session counts as half.

5. Special arrangements can apply to BCL/MJur tutorials.  Please note that buyouts must be arranged in advance of the teaching taking place.

6. The above are only guidelines, and may not cover some of the teaching a post holder has given, or may lead to teaching counting for less or more than it should.  In such cases, the post holder should contact the Vice Dean to discuss how such teaching should be counted.