20 June 2022
Psychology staff in universities across the UK felt overworked and under supported during Covid-19, new research from the British Psychological Society has revealed
In its second series of surveys of staff and students within psychology departments across the UK, 60 per cent of psychology university staff disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement that their workload was manageable during the pandemic. Only 51 percent of staff reported that their wellbeing needs had been met ‘somewhat’, or ‘to a great extent’ by their university.
However it was a more positive picture among students, with 75 per cent of students reporting that their wellbeing needs were being met ‘somewhat’ or ‘to a great extent’ by their university.
The surveys ran in November 2021, and were a follow up to previous research into the same topic in 2020, aimed to explore and update on key themes within the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, including satisfaction with how teaching and learning are being delivered now, how manageable workload is and whether wellbeing needs are being met by universities.
Professor Andy Tolmie, Chair, BPS Research Board
Chair of Psychology and Human Development at the UCL Institute of Education:
“These survey results confirm the impression held by many staff in psychology departments – that they have done very well in maintaining student engagement through a difficult period, but at substantial cost to their own wellbeing, and especially their capacity to progress research. It is crucial that universities – and research funders – acknowledge this impact and work to redress it.”
Key findings included:
The report recommends that universities explore ways to improve staff workload and to enable staff to undertake more research. Universities should investigate why students aged 21-25 year-old were less likely than students in other age groups to say their wellbeing needs were being met, with universities implementing a plan of long term support and solutions for staff and students alike.
Read the student report here
Read the staff report here