An Evidence-Based Approach to Covid-19 Pandemic Effects on Academics

Farrell, Lynn and Latu, Ioana and Linden, Mark and Stefanova, Vasilena and McCloskey, Karen (2022) An Evidence-Based Approach to Covid-19 Pandemic Effects on Academics. Working Paper. Research Square.

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We discuss our evidence-based approach to understanding and addressing the gendered impact of the pandemic on academics at Queen’s University Belfast, a research-intensive Russell Group UK University. The study was a collaboration between the University-wide Queen’s Gender Initiative, researchers, and Human Resources. A staff survey ran from 23 September until 30 October 2020, assessing academic productivity and personal factors including caring responsibilities, wellbeing, and time spent working. Data from 537 academics showed that multiple challenges were experienced with most of the day spent on work and caregiving tasks. The majority of worktime comprised teaching, at a cost to research productivity and personal wellbeing. These patterns were accentuated for female academics. From this holistic approach to understanding academics’ challenges, recommendations were presented to the University’s Executive Board and other high-level institutional committees. An Action Plan of sustainable solutions designed to mitigate the pandemic effect focused on promotion, research, workload support, and wellbeing. Furthermore, the findings directly informed policies to enhance working life, particularly in new models of flexible working. In summary, we report methodology to integrate research and centralized efforts to address the pandemic’s impact on academics, using a gender lens and incorporating complementarity of work, home-life and wellbeing.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Additional Information: This is a preprint; it has not been peer reviewed by a journal.
18 July 2022Submitted
Subjects: CAH04 - psychology > CAH04-01 - psychology > CAH04-01-01 - psychology (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > College of Psychology
Depositing User: Gemma Tonks
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2023 13:51
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2024 13:02

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