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We as Young Academy Leiden are continuously educating ourselves and are listening to the voices coming from our own university, especially voices of young academics. In order to amplify those voices, we have set up a new blog called ‘Voices of Young Academics’. It features contributions from early career academics across our university.

COVID-19 and academia

In May 2020, we conducted a survey among young academics of Leiden University. The survey focused on the consequences of the COVID-19 lockdown in terms of work productivity, research and teaching, career prospects, and work-life balance. During two online interfaculty lunches, young academics discussed the impact of COVID-19. Based on these discussions as well as the results of the survey, YAL has published a position paper that has been discussed with the university’s executive board and deans.

While much has changed since the beginning of the corona crisis, working from home remains the norm. To follow up on our earlier efforts, we invite those affected by the lockdown measures to share their personal stories and their reflections on what courses of actions we should be taking as an institution and what the academic community can learn from these times.

If you would like to contribute to our blog 'Voices of Young Academics' on the theme of COVID-19, please reach out via e-mail: youngacademy@bb.leidenuniv.nl (subject line 'Voices of Young Academics'). Topics of interest include but are not limited to online education, virtual conferences, work-life balance, and funding and contracts. Contributions can be anonymous if preferred.

As a structure for the blog, we ask you to answer the following three questions in your text:

  • How have you been affected by the COVID-19 lockdown?
  • From your point of view, what kind of support and/or courses of action would you suggest that should be taken as an institution?
  • What can the academic community learn from these times?

If the author chooses to not be anonymous, it would be nice to add a picture and a 150-word bio.

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