"This can’t be the new norm": Academics' Perspectives on the COVID-19 Crisis for the Australian University Sector
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|Title:||"This can’t be the new norm": Academics' Perspectives on the COVID-19 Crisis for the Australian University Sector||Authors:||McGaughey, Fiona; Watermeyer, Richard; Shankar, Kalpana; et al.||Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/12421||Date:||1-Sep-2021||Online since:||2021-08-19T12:29:25Z||Abstract:||The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly affected the university sector globally. This article reports on the Australian findings from a large-scale survey of academic staff and their experiences and predictions of the impact of the pandemic on their wellbeing. We report the perceptions of n=370 Australian academics and accounts of their institutions’ responses to COVID-19, analysed using self-determination theory. Respondents report work-related stress, digital fatigue, and a negative impact on work-life balance; as well as significant concerns over potential longer-term changes to academia as a result of the pandemic. Respondents also articulate their frustration with Australia’s neoliberal policy architecture and the myopia of quasi-market reform, which has spawned an excessive reliance on international students as a pillar of income generation, and therefore jeopardised institutional solvency – particularly during the pandemic. Conversely, respondents identify a number of ‘silver linings’ which speak to the resilience of academics.||Funding Details:||World Universities Network||Type of material:||Journal Article||Publisher:||Taylor & Francis||Journal:||Higher Education Research and Development||Keywords:||COVID-19; Academics; Australia; Well-being; Self-determination theory; Coronavirus||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Peer reviewed||ISSN:||0729-4360||This item is made available under a Creative Commons License:||https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/|
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