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What to charge my local university


have approached my local University with a view to providing a workshop to them for their 3rd Year Undergraduates. They are very interested in my proposal, but we do not know how to approach the subject of how much we should charge. Has anyone got any experience or suggestions as to how to approach this? I have absolutely no idea what to charge or what universities have in the way of training budgets these days.
Wendy Dashwood-Quick

4 Responses

  1. charging universities
    Hi Wendy, Be careful having worked on both sides of the adcaemic fence for a number of years, their first strategy will be to offer you partime lecturing rates. This may be OK (Check the rate first) for a entire academic year but not for a one off. Alteernatively a Visiting Lecturer for a single event can expect to be paid what the market will bear depending on how specialised or scarce the topic. Proof of self-employment needs to be established from the begining otherwise tax and NI will be knocked off. Heads of Department have different spending powers than lecturers, so speak to the right person.

    All the best Mike

  2. Sessional teaching rate
    I can only speak for my university which usually pays all sessional teachers at a fixed rate of £31.41 per hour. This can be paid either directly to the person who does the teaching, or the organisation who employs the sessional teacher can invoice the university for their employee’s time. This is for actual hours spent teaching (or an equivalent activity) and no payment is made for preparation time or travel expenses. However, it may be possible to negotiate a fee outside this standard arrangement. One option is for you to tell the university what you intend to charge and see how they respond.

  3. Arian Associates Ltd
    Be careful – I agree with the comments made about ‘Part-time Lecturimng Rates’. They will want you to go down that route, but I would invoice them for something in the region of £50 per hour. That is the going rate at a reasonable level. Or hit them hard like the big consultancies do and bump them for £600 per day. They might just pay up – if you are lucky. Good luck.

  4. Is this a one-off workshop?
    Regarding £600 a day, I have only seen that happen at my university in the context of a high-profile nationally-renowned speaker invited to speak at a conference of one hundred plus fee-paying delegates. I don’t know whether Wendy is a nationally-renowned speaker, or whether the workshop is a one-off or a series throughout the year. I would be very surprised if a university was willing to pay £600 for someone to run a one-off workshop, within a module, for their 3rd year undergraduates. However, a total fee of £600 may be realistic for a series of workshops. Also, is this workshop for two hours, half a day or a full day?


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