The post-pandemic academy will be staffed and managed by people who are exhausted and emotionally drained. If we don’t want universities to be full of victims and victimisers, it is time for an audit of emotional labour and to ensure this is reciprocal and focussed on the needs, feelings and intentions of all involved in the very human chains of relations that are inherent to higher education contexts. (Morrish, 2021)
Four of the archives attempt a somewhat artificial division of physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. The fifth: ‘Considering Alternatives’ provides a dim light at the end of this particular tunnel. The experience of living and working through the pandemic led some participants to genuinely consider alternative ways of living and working, for example: retiring earlier, focusing on passions not income and being more assertive about their needs.