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A new (ab)normal?: Scrutinising the work life balance of academics under lockdown.

Ashencaen Crabtree, S., Esteves, L. and Hemingway, A., 2021. A new (ab)normal?: Scrutinising the work life balance of academics under lockdown. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 45 (9), 1177-1191.

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DOI: 10.1080/0309877X.2020.1853687


In March 2020 virtually all UK universities were suddenly thrown into an unprecedented and sudden closure of campus and facilities owing to the British Government’s Covid-19 pandemic lockdown policies. Further evidence suggests that this exacerbated existing gendered differences. This paper reports on UK academic responses from an international survey examining the work-life balance of academics under Covid-19 lockdown. The aim of the study was to examine the experiences and perceptions of academics, using these to inform how universities can improve the work-life balance of academics during the current and post-lockdown scenarios, as well as in the longer term, given a pandemic-prone future. Rich in qualitative comments, primarily derived from women academics, gendered contrasts in work-life balance appear magnified under conditions of lockdown. Key lessons for HE internationally emerge from the findings.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Covid-19, lockdown, academics, work-life balance
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:34960
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:14 Dec 2020 14:43
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:25


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