Tipping point: The staff wellbeing crisis in higher education

Michelle Jayman*, JONATHAN GLAZZARD, Anthea Rose

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This marketised higher education environment in the UK has had dire consequences for academics at all levels. Literature suggests that academics are busier and working faster than ever. There is evidence of an undermining of academic professionalism, academic freedom and increased job insecurity in the sector. It is not possible for academics to position themselves outside of the performance culture and still be viewed as a valued team member. Within this paper, our concerns relate specifically to the impact of this culture of performativity on the wellbeing of staff who work in UK higher education institutions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number929335
JournalFrontiers in Education
Early online date12 Aug 2022
Publication statusPublished - 12 Aug 2022


  • mental health
  • higher education
  • university
  • Staff Wellbeing


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