‘Pandemia’: a reckoning of UK universities’ corporate response to COVID-19 and its academic fallout

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Title: ‘Pandemia’: a reckoning of UK universities’ corporate response to COVID-19 and its academic fallout
Authors: Watermeyer, RichardShankar, KalpanaCrick, Tomet al.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/12320
Date: 5-Jul-2021
Online since: 2021-07-12T14:13:49Z
Abstract: Universities in the UK, and in other countries like Australia and the USA, have responded to the operational and financial challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic by prioritising institutional solvency and enforcing changes to the work practices and profiles of their staff. For academics, an adjustment to institutional life under COVID-19 has been dramatic and resulted in the overwhelming majority making a transition to prolonged remote-working. Many have endured significant work intensification; others have lost – or may soon lose – their jobs. The impact of the pandemic appears transformational and for the most part negative. This article reports the experiences of 1099 UK academics specific to the corporate response of institutional leadership to the COVID-19 crisis. We find articulated a story of universities in the grip of ‘pandemia’ and COVID-19 emboldening processes and protagonists of neoliberal governmentality and market reform that pay little heed to considerations of human health and well-being.
Funding Details: World Universities Network
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Journal: British Journal of Sociology of Education
Start page: 1
End page: 16
Copyright (published version): 2021 Taylor & Francis
Keywords: COVID-19PandemiaDisaster capitalismRemote workingWork intensificationUniversity leadershipCoronavirus
DOI: 10.1080/01425692.2021.1937058
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
ISSN: 0142-5692
This item is made available under a Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/
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