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'Pandemia': A reckoning of UK universities' corporate response to COVID-19 and its academic fallout / Richard Watermeyer; Kalpana Shankar; Tom Crick; Cathryn Knight; Fiona McGaughey; Joanne Hardman; Venkata Ratnadeep Suri; Roger Chung; Dean Phelan

British Journal of Sociology of Education

Swansea University Authors: Tom, Crick, Cathryn, Knight

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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 a...

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Published in: British Journal of Sociology of Education
ISSN: 0142-5692 1465-3346
Published: Taylor & Francis
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa56985
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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 n=1,099 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 wellbeing.
College: College of Arts and Humanities