Understanding University Engagement: The impact of COVID-19 on collaborations and partnerships

Siew Fang Law, Joann Cattlin, William Locke

The University of Melbourne | Published : 2021


In preparing for post-COVID-19 environment, this study sets out to explore the key barriers and challenges facing university staff and external stakeholders in sustaining engagement, and proposes ways to improve university external engagement. A total of 25 in-depth interviews were conducted during the pandemic disruptions with university staff across disciplines, levels and portfolios at the University of Melbourne, aiming to explore the different meanings, purposes, barriers and future outlooks on the ways in which universities engage with our society.