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UCU Leeds: online and home working in HE at the time of the Covid-19 pandemic

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This survey aims to investigate the experiences of different types of workers in Higher Education institutions since the sudden move to online and home working since University campuses closed in March 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In particular, it focuses on:
  • The potential implications for Health and Safety, work intensification and a sustainable work/life balance
  • Responses and adjustments by management
  • Differential impacts on different groups of workers and individuals along the lines of contractual (in)security, gender, age, care duties, disability, access to equipment
  • the longer-term implications of these changes for the way we work in HE
Our overall aim is to collect evidence that can inform trade union policies and shape a collective response to the enforced fast move to working online and remotely.

Informed Consent

You are invited to participate in a research study entitled, “Online and Home Working in HE at the time of the Covic-19 pandemic”. The survey is being conducted by the three unions operating in HE - UCU, Unison and Unite - and has been prepared by a team of UCU members and researchers at the University of Leeds (Gabriella Alberti, Xanthe Whittaker, Liz Oliver, Louise Schreuders, Stuart Hodkinson, Aisha Walker) with advice from local trade union officers.
The survey is open to all union members but also non- members of a union are welcome to participate. This online survey contains both closed- and open-ended questions and should take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete.

We are collecting personal information only to understand how workers with different characteristics and circumstances are impacted by work changes. The aggregate data and any dissemination will not be able to identify you or any individuals according to GDPR regulations. The data will be safely stored, password protected and destroyed as soon as possible following the analysis of the findings.

All of your responses to the survey instrument will remain confidential. Any identifying information gathered will not be shared and responses will be deidentified as described above.

Findings and analysis will likely be discussed at local branch and national meetings and may be used to inform branch motions and national policies of the unions. The findings might also be used in journal article submissions by the researchers, subject to permission and feedback from the three trade unions.

If you have any questions or concerns about this survey or research study, please contact Gabriella Alberti

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