“Living at work”: COVID-19, remote-working and the spatio-relational reorganisation of professional services in UK universities

Richard P Watermeyer*, Cathryn Knight, Tom Crick, Mar Borras

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has been the source of large-scale disruption to the work practices of university staff, across the UK and globally. This article reports the experiences of n = 4731 professional services staff (PSS) working in UK universities and their experiences of pandemic-related work disruption. It specifically focuses on a transition to remote-working as a consequence of social restrictions and campus closures, presenting both quantitative and qualitative findings that speak to the various spatio-relational impacts of PSS working at distance from university campuses. These survey findings contribute to a new narrative of work organisation in higher education which addresses the potential of remote-working as a means for boundary crossing, social connectedness and trust relationships in universities in the immediate context and strongly anticipated post-pandemic future.
Original languageEnglish
JournalHigher Education
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2022

Structured keywords

  • SoE Centre for Psychological Approaches for Studying Education

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