Hit hard by the pandemic, researchers expect its impacts to linger for years

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Abstract

The impacts of COVID-19 on Australian university researchers are likely to have consequences for research productivity and quality for many years to come.

According to an online survey of academics at the University of Canberra between November 2020 and February 2021, they have deep concerns about their ability to undertake research during the pandemic and the flow-on effects of this. The findings are consistent with those of Research Australia from research in 2020 and 2021 and suggest Australia’s research sector will take a substantive hit from COVID-19.

The knowledge produced by university research generates an estimated 10% of Australia’s GDP. Without access to JobKeeper in 2020, universities across the sector cut back on casual staff and increased the teaching load of full-time academics. Combined with the challenges of working from home, this has had a real impact on research, not just immediately but in the longer term.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-4
Number of pages4
Volume2021
No.October
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation Paperpress
Publication statusPublished - 11 Oct 2021

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