COVID-19 has forced a revolution in how we work and how we engage with our colleagues and stakeholders. Remote working (e.g. working from home or a café, restaurant, family member’s, etc) has become the norm for many staff working in higher education (HE).
Prior to COVID-19 remote working was sometimes viewed with scepticism and yet remote working has long been available as a form of flexible working and regarded as having significant benefits for staff who have caring responsibilities as it can enable them to better balance their work and caring commitments.
To date, research has primarily focused on the gendered impact of lockdown measures introduced in response to COVID-19, emphasising the negative impact these have had on female members of staff.
In contrast, the aim of the current survey is to gain a more rounded and detailed understanding of staff's experiences of remote working and the support they have received from their institutions.
The purpose is to provide institutions with the information they need to help shape their policies and support for staff going forward.
Presentation of survey findings
The information obtained via this survey will be presented in a summary report as well as at our Women in HE conference on 25 February 2021, aligning with Advance HE's suite of member benefits for February 2021.
The findings will also be used to inform our ongoing work on gender equality, such as the development of our Athena SWAN charter, Aurora programme, and good practice database.