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Our uni teachers were already among the world’s most stressed. COVID and student feedback have just made things worse

Workplace stress among academics has long been higher in Australia and New Zealand than overseas, and research suggests the flow-on impacts on students could fuel a vicious cycle of negative feedback.
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COVID hit casual academics hard. Here are 5 ways to produce a better deal for unis and staff

Universities have legitimate reasons for employing some staff on casual contracts, but the impacts of the COVID pandemic have brought long-standing problems to a head. Now is the time to act on these.
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Journal papers, grants, jobs … as rejections pile up, it’s not enough to tell academics to ‘suck it up’

The rejection culture of academia is damaging. Rejections are inevitable, but there are better ways of managing the process that don’t leave individuals to bear the whole burden of coping.
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How academics in health sciences cope with stress

Changes in South Africa’s higher education sector have increased the number and intensity of roles academics take on. This has led to a spike in workload and associated stress.
College students are seeking mental health treatment on campus at record levels. Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com

Are you mentally well enough for college?

A campus psychologist explains why so many students ask him for help after they’ve failed courses.
Who succeeds will depend not on intentions alone. Gettysburg College

What is the secret to success?

Two researchers set out to find out why some people might be better at achieving goals than others. The answer, they found, could lie in implicit beliefs.

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