Bristol UCU Workload & Well-Being Survey – Preliminary Summary of Results

Some key findings:

  • Over the past 5 years, workload has increased for 84% of respondents.
  • 87% say they work more than contracted hours.  The largest single reason is admin, with the increase in student numbers only slightly less significant and student demands roughly equal to this. In sum, the increase in workload seems to be attributable to university expansion.
  • 77% of respondents find their job rewarding.
  • 58% feel their responsibilities do not allow for a healthy work-life balance. 55 % feel the University takes advantage of them.
  • 43% of respondents feel they rate their job in the second-highest category of stress.
  • 50% agree/ strongly agree they are pressured to work long hours with a slightly higher percentage saying that they agree or strongly agree they have unachievable deadlines.
  • The single largest source of stress is described as funding expectations, with 48% of respondents attributing stress to this cause. Student expectations are cited by 39%. General lack of support is only half a percentage point less common.
  • Only 55% say they are sometimes or always encouraged by their line managers.
  • 46% are often frustrated, with a further 54 % sometimes frustrated.
  • Even more seriously, 43% of respondents report experiencing depression sometimes or often.
  • However, 58% feel their responsibilities do not allow for a healthy work-life balance; 55% feel the University takes advantage of them.
  • 84% of respondents experience exhaustion sometimes or often. say they are sometimes or always encouraged by their line managers.
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