Teaching and Research Staff. Teaching Organization
Taught courses will be limited to a maximum 24 ECTS credits per reader. University senior lecturers holding a professorship accreditation and three acknowledged research periods will keep their lecturing reduction until they are eligible for a fourth research period. We must ensure a rational teaching assignment, establishing a limit of four taught courses a year in no more than two campuses per lecturer, as well as the possibility of being in charge of the same taught courses for three consecutive years. We will gradually introduce and invigorate the posts of degree and master’s degree coordinator and we will try to ensure that specialists in certain disciplines are in charge of related-taught courses within their area.
Acknowledgement of Teaching, Research and Management Work
We pledge to officially acknowledge as actual teaching the time spent on different tasks, such as degree dissertation supervision and participation in the corresponding examining boards. We will also consider the different workload implicit in teaching excessively large groups as well as the time required for assessment and testing thereof. We will recognize more equitably research-related action, such as PhD thesis supervision, leadership of and participation in research projects and contracts with companies or administrations, scientific and technological production, and teaching innovation activity.
We will create a rational recruitment program taking into account the lecturing load of the different areas and paying particular attention to those with lower rates of generational transfer. We will encourage and guarantee stability and promotion to ‘Ramon y Cajal Programme’ researchers and will diversify knowledge areas and departments when requested.
We will guarantee teaching staff settlement and promotion through a multi-year planning process on the basis of the principles of equality, merit and capability. All kinds of uncertainty will be avoided in the prioritization of teaching posts by applying stable, negotiated criteria, which will be previously made public among the university community. We will support accreditation processes, by offering training courses and reduced teaching commitment for new faculty in need of increasing their research merit. We will be acting proactively before Spanish National Quality Agency to claim a simplification of bureaucracy related to accreditation. We will update and unify, by consensus, the existing criteria for the recruitment of non-permanent staff.
Faculty initial and ongoing training will be increased through an attractive offer of courses regularly planned in advance. An Institute of Research and Innovation will be established to enhance professional training in IT, university management, occupational risk, and foreign languages related to the different areas of knowledge. A volunteer mentor program will be set up to facilitate the reception and the integration of new faculty.
Faculty Evaluation System
We find it necessary to modify our current system of faculty evaluation by reviewing procedures in use and by encouraging faculty involvement. It is our proposal to spread Docentia in our university, a programme devised to promote faculty training and competency.
Associate Lecturers, Surrogates and Collaborators
We are committed to hiring as Faculty Associate only recognized professionals whose teaching activity is related to their professional expertise, as required by law. We will guarantee them stable working conditions so that, as far as possible, they have access to information about the particular taught courses and schedules they will be assigned already at the time of submitting their application for the job, rather than at the time of signing up their contract. We will gradually solve the uneven status of associate lecturers by optimally managing the recruitment categories described in the Law of Science and in the current Personnel Agreement, such as those of Substitute Teacher and Visiting Scholar. We are also committed to implement the allowance assigned to possession of a doctoral degree for the category of Collaborator Lecturer.
Health Sciences Faculty
We will ensure a gradual generational transfer and will favour the fulfilment of the rights stated in the current agreement established with the Principality of Asturias Health Service, granting them the status of university lecturers and researchers to those involved. We will provide for the necessary facilities and means for them to carry out their work (both teaching and research) in the best possible way: classrooms, library, study rooms, administration hub and in-campus parking, among others. We will endeavour to improve direct transfer Central University Hospital of Asturias – El Cristo Campus. We will strengthen the role of the university in the Institute of Health Research and in the Biomedical Research Trust. We will create an office in charge of coordinating the healthcare and teaching activity of health workers collaborating with the University of Oviedo.
We propose the short term establishment of undergraduate degrees in Criminology and in Industrial Organization Engineering and we will carry out an in-depth study of the eventual establishment of additional new degrees, such as a degree in Communication and a degree in Translation, in response to emerging demands and needs. We must offer new quality master’s degrees with good employment prospects, strengthening those ensuring professional qualification in all branches of knowledge, increasing their practical orientation and also the collaboration with companies. The International Graduate Centre must be redesigned, maintaining a central unit and transferring resources and responsibilities to colleges and departments. We will support before the ministry responsible for it the introduction of Asturian Language as a discipline of specialization for primary and secondary education teachers and will upgrade the academic status of the current academic module.
At the Conference of University Rectors of Spain, we will support the current four-year university grade frame and we will be positioned in favour of the moratorium which states that universities may not offer three year degrees similar to those already in force, until the session 2017-2018. We will try to extend this stipulation in the future. We will support the negotiation of a national agreement for the articulation of a coherent framework for future academic degrees and master’s degrees. We will value the convenience of implementing integrated masters.
We are decisively in favour of extending the number of English taught degrees as a component of the strategic axis of university internationalization. We will develop innovation projects in this field, we will encourage faculty training and will maintain the existing support and the incentives for faculty teaching in English. We will seek making agreements with various institutions to improve our students’ English language skills..
Degree Dissertation and Master’s Degree Dissertation
The regulations governing degree and master’s degree dissertations will be improved on the basis of common sense. Faculties and colleges will have a choice of models within a general regulatory framework. We will establish an effective regulation enabling the presentation of those dissertations in English, in Asturian and in other languages. Examining boards will be allowed to act throughout the whole academic year to facilitate, in the case of the graduates, access to the master’s degrees. Regulations intended to allow conditioned access to master’s degree studies for students who are about graduate will be considered.
Information and Transparency
We will regularly publish the teaching load distribution as well as the in-service posts for all the academic areas of the university. We will make public the occupation rate of spaces and facilities of the institution and will manage them to meet the demands and needs of the university community, should they be they underused. We will conduct a revision of the rules governing job offers and the criteria to be applied. We will put forward contracts containing all the necessary data to identify the category of the person hired.
We will develop a rational, stable academic calendar setting up the start of taught courses in the second half of September, enabling registration and allowing for final lists of students at the beginning of the semester. This calendar will also provide students with a brief time-span between the end of taught courses and the beginning of the exams.
Quality of Teaching
We will strengthen the role of quality committees at colleges and faculties. Faculty will be gradually provided the necessary resources to impart quality teaching, including adequate training. We will foster research in educational innovation. We will allow faculties, depending on their needs, to appoint an additional deputy-dean or assistant director responsible for all aspects related to quality management, surveys and accreditation of qualifications.