“The COVID-19 Crisis is Not the Core Problem”: Experiences, Challenges, and Concerns of Irish Academia During the Pandemic

Kalpana Shankar, Dean Phelan, Venkata Ratnadeep Suri, Richard Watermeyer, Cathryn Knight, Thomas Crick

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Abstract

This article, drawing on data from an international survey – distributed in the summer of 2020 – explores the experiences and concerns of academic staff (n=167) working in universities in Ireland and their perceptions of their institutions’ early response to the pandemic. Concerns related to transitioning to remote online working, impact on research productivity and culture, and work intensification, as intersected by enhanced managerialism, are ubiquitous to their accounts. As some respondents wrote of potential positive changes, particularly in the delivery of teaching, we conclude by suggesting potential avenues for building on successes in coping with the pandemic with some recommendations for mitigating some of the harms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-175
Number of pages7
JournalIrish Educational Studies
Volume40
Issue number2
Early online date31 May 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Worldwide Universities Network. The authors would like to thank the Worldwide Universities Network for supporting this work and the anonymous reviewers for their thoughtful feedback.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 Educational Studies Association of Ireland.

Structured keywords

  • Covid19

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Ireland
  • online learning
  • higher education
  • managerialism

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