Effective Contribution Scheme (ECS)

The Effective Contribution Scheme is the new, simplified, performance management processes.

 In summary the Effective Contributions Scheme is:

  • One meeting – once a year
  • Combines the 3 elements for Academic staff: WAMM, PeRP and SDPR so that the discussion about quality and impact is joined up
  • Enables conversations about expectations and flexibility of role
  • Joins up the conversation about role and career development – in particular for REF 2020 and for the contribution of all staff to their department/Institute and to the University.
  • The route to define the Probation Compact for new staff – no different or additional forms are required.

The Staff Development and Performance Review (SDPR) process was introduced in 2010 and the Personal Research Plan (PeRP) process in 2014. The WAMM was developed during 2014/15 and has been trialled and reviewed with colleagues during 2015/16.

These processes were each originally designed for specific purposes, but have now matured to a point where they can be combined effectively in to one – known as The Effective Contribution Scheme (ECS).

The aim of the ECS is to allow discussion to ensure that each individual can maximise the quality and impact of their contribution whilst considering their training needs and giving appropriate support to develop staff to be able to perform their role and manage their workload.

During the ECS meeting  personal goals and training needs should be clearly linked to the aims and objectives in the Department/Institute Planning and Budget round submission and to the university’s three core aims; Recruitment, Reputation and Sustainability.

The ECS will enable these discussions to take place.  It will also provide the opportunity for staff to explore health and wellbeing issues and work-life balance.

The combined scheme will also reduce the burden of administration on managers and staff.

Although the combination of SDPR, PeRP and WAM effects only academic staff, for ease of reference the SDPR process for professional support staff will also be re-named as the Effective Contribution scheme with a focus on their contribution to their Department and the University.

A portal will be developed to ensure that the form can be completed on line and uploaded on to ABW. This will ensure we can monitor University completion rates.  We would like managers to use this portal for the ECS for all members of staff for the Academic Year 2016/17. Whilst the portal is being developed please e-mail your ECS form to hr@aber.ac.uk.