"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, FionaWatermeyer, RichardShankar, Kalpanaet 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-19AcademicsAustraliaWell-beingSelf-determination theoryCoronavirus
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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