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The well-being of academics in neoliberal universities

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Phillipa Weeks Staff Library

ANU College of Law

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The Australian National University, Acton 2600

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Research in Australia and America has shown that law students’ wellbeing may significantly decrease during their undergraduate degree. Implicit in such research is the assumption academic staff have a role to play in the maintenance of psychological wellbeing in their students. However, substantially less attention has been paid to the wellbeing of those staff. Indeed, few studies have explored the expectations of academic staff in dealing with stressed students or indeed, how academic staff perceive their own wellbeing.

This paper explores the issue of academic staff well-being in the context of the neoliberal university sharing the results of national surveys of UK and Australian legal academics.

Rachael Field is a Professor of Law in the Bond Law School, co-director of the Bond University Dispute Resolution Centre, a member of the Executive of Bond University’s Centre for Professional Legal Education, and President of Women’s Legal Service in Brisbane. She is an Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Rachael founded the Australian Wellness Network for Law and co-founded the ADR Research Network. Her areas of research expertise include dispute resolution, family law, domestic violence and legal education. She has a portfolio of more than 80 scholarly publications, and is co-author of four books. Rachael was the 2013 Queensland Woman Lawyer of the Year.

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