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"This can’t be the new norm": Academics' Perspectives on the COVID-19 Crisis for the Australian University Sector
McGaughey, Fiona; Watermeyer, Richard; Shankar, Kalpana; et al.
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. World Universities Network 18 month embargo once published - AC -- 2021-08-19 JG: embargo removed due to COVID-19 content -- added embargo at author's request -- AC Check for published version during checkdate report - AC
Keyword(s): COVID-19; Academics; Australia; Well-being; Self-determination theory; Coronavirus
Publication Date:
2021
Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: University College Dublin
Publisher(s): Taylor & Francis
First Indexed: 2021-08-21 08:01:47 Last Updated: 2021-08-25 07:24:45