Third Level - Lecturing Hours


Lecturer and Senior Lecturer 1 grades lecture a norm of 16 hours per week. Assistant Lecturers lecture a norm of 18 hours per week.

The Haddington Road Agreement, and, from 1st July 2016, the Lansdowne Road Agreement, continued the Public Service (Croke Park) Agreement provision that individuals in lecturing grades may be required, at the discretion of management, to ‘flex’ upwards by up to two lecturing hours above the current norms in each of the lecturing weeks in the year.

However, as a result of the acceptance by TUI members of the Department of Education and Skills/TUI proposed agreement in May 2016 (which also means that TUI is covered by the Lansdowne Road Agreement), a review of matters relevant to lecturing in Institutes of Technology will take place involving TUI, the Department of Education and Skills, the HEA, and institute management representatives. The review will be completed by March 2017. The terms of reference of the review will be agreed between the parties and will have regard to:

  • as a priority, usage of the full flex hours for duties other than teaching in accordance with institute needs
  • the current workload of lecturers
  • maintaining and enhancing the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of education within Institutes of Technology
  • other developments in the sector that are relevant to the lecturing role

In acknowledgement of this process and to facilitate its successful outcome, it has been agreed that an interim measure will be introduced from January 2017 to re-designate half of the additional flex hours (ie one hour) required of each lecturer to wider duties other than teaching, in consultation with the lecturers and in accordance with Institute priorities and needs.

Under the Haddington Road Agreement, a weighting of 1.25 hours applies to hours worked after 6.00 p.m. When an Assistant Lecturer, Lecturer or Senior Lecturer is supervising a Tutor/Demonstrator a reduction in teaching hours applies on the basis of one hour reduction per three hours demonstration/tutorials supervised.

Also under the Haddington Road and Lansdowne Road Agreements, academic staff  work an additional 78 hours per annum. This will be fully absorbed by being applied towards evening weighting (which was reduced from 1.5 to 1.25) and church holidays.

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