ATs and the Framework Agreement
Associate Tutors will be assimilated onto the new pay and grading structure from 1 January 2008.
1. AT benchmarks
A sample of ATs were interviewed using the HERA job evaluation scheme. This process showed that
ATs were not currently doing equivalent level work, as AT roles spanned Grades 5, 6 and 7.
2. Role profiles
AT role profiles have been produced with input from the Schools. These profiles cover grades 5, 6
and 7 of the grading structure.
3. Matching of AT roles to role profiles
The matching process was undertaken by the Schools and was completed by 30 November 2007.
ATs were matched to the appropriate role profile. The majority of AT roles have been matched to
Grade 5. ATs will move to the first spine point of the new grade on 1 January 2008.
4. Basic hourly rate for AT work
The hourly rate for an AT’s role is calculated using the formula:
Basic hourly rate = rate for 1st spinal point in grade
(52 x 36.51)
Where 36.5 hours is the working week for staff on defined working hours (Grades 1-6).
The basic hourly rate applies to 1 hour’s work as an AT and will apply regardless of the nature of the
work. This is a change from current practice where ATs are paid different rates according to the
activity they are undertaking, for example, there are different hourly rates for: seminar teaching; giving
an office hour; attending a meeting and attending a training event. These activities are all part of an
AT’s role and will therefore be paid at the appropriate basic hourly rate for the grade from 1 January
As at January 2008, the hourly rates for Grades 5-7 are:
Grade 5 £11.09 per hour
Grade 6 £12.86 per hour
Grade 7 £14.09 per hour
Unlike the previous hourly rates, these rates exclude holiday pay. It is no longer lawful to roll-up
holiday pay into basic hourly rates and ATs will therefore be paid their accrued holiday pay after the
end of each term (assuming that they take their holiday in the vacation periods) unless they request it
at some other time.
Where ATs are engaged in assessment only or are required to undertake additional assessment
beyond that required for a standard teaching session, this will continue to be paid on the existing
5. Multipliers for certain AT activities
For ATs on grade 7 and above, the divisor is (52 x 37.5)
For certain AT activities, in particular teaching (seminars, lectures, tutorials, and demonstrating), the
Schools have defined some University standard multipliers. These may be varied with justification.
The standard multipliers are:
Seminar and other small group teaching involving preparation and assessment 3
Activities not involving preparation and assessment, e.g office hours, staff 1
Teaching not involving assessment and involving basic preparation, e.g demonstrating 1.5
Writing and delivering a lecture 4
Tutorials, usually fewer than 7 students, with no assessment required 2
Sussex Language Institute have agreed separate multipliers that are more relevant to their work as
English Language teaching (standard) 2
English Language teaching (Summer@Sussex) 2
Modern foreign language teaching (UG content courses) 3
Modern foreign language teaching (UG language courses) 2.5
Modern foreign language teaching (open courses) 2.25
6. Incremental progression for ATs
The Framework Agreement provides for incremental progression for ATs as follows:
• ATs, who teach or demonstrate for 100 or more hours per year, except visiting
professionals (e.g. medics or lawyers), visiting lecturers, and visiting educationalists (e.g.
for school visits and final assessments), will be eligible for an increment the following
• Preparation time will not count towards this 100 hour threshold.
• ATs below the threshold will not increment.
• Increments will apply to the hourly rate/s but not to rates for additional
assessment/assessment only or to other activity paid on a piecework basis.
For clarification, a teaching hour is the contact hour and does not include any multipliers. At the end
of each academic year, those ATs who meet the 100 hour threshold will increment with effect from the
7. Effective date of change
The effective date of the change in AT grading is 1 October 2007 (i.e the start of the 2007/08
academic year). Any backpay due will be paid in the March 2008 payroll.
8. Communicating the change to ATs
All ATs will receive a letter in January 2008 setting out their new grade. Some ATs, mainly in Sussex
Institute, are employed to undertake more than one role and they will receive a letter for each role.
9. Other issues arising from the Framework Agreement in relation to ATs
The following additional Framework Agreement provisions relate to ATs:
i. DPhil Student ATs
• whilst acknowledging that DPhil Student AT posts are not substantive posts, the
University has agreed to help develop these individuals by setting up personal
development plans and providing skills training such that individuals would be
optimally equipped should they wish to pursue a career in academia whether at
Sussex or not once their studies are completed.
• The job-title of DPhil student ATs will be reviewed to recognise the special category
that these ATs are in, i.e. they are on contracts linked to their studies at Sussex, in
posts that are not advertised but which are designed to assist them during their
studies whilst also benefiting the University.
ii. Other ATs
• For all other ATs (excluding Sports staff who do jobs that are dissimilar from those in
the Schools), the University has committed to establish a review, with appropriate
academic representation, to consider the content of these AT roles in relation to the
Teaching & Learning Strategy, with a view to establishing Grade 6 as the norm
provided that the teaching requirements of the University warrant this grade.
Other features of the review
• It will be completed within a year of implementing the Framework Agreement.
• It will include UCU representation.
• It will consider the guidance to be given to Schools in relation to the work undertaken
• It will encompass exploration of career progression for this group, against University