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‘Pandemia’: a reckoning of UK universities’ corporate response to COVID-19 and its academic fallout
Watermeyer, Richard; Shankar, Kalpana; Crick, Tom; et al.
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. World Universities Network 18 month embargo removed due to COVID-19 subject matter - JG Update citation details during checkdate report - AC
Keyword(s): COVID-19; Pandemia; Disaster capitalism; Remote working; Work intensification; University leadership; Coronavirus
Publication Date:
2021
Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: University College Dublin
Publisher(s): Taylor & Francis
First Indexed: 2021-07-14 07:35:27 Last Updated: 2021-07-14 07:35:27