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Ableism in academia: Where are the disabled and ill academics?

Brown, N; Leigh, J; (2018) Ableism in academia: Where are the disabled and ill academics? Disability & Society , 33 (6) pp. 985-989. 10.1080/09687599.2018.1455627. Green open access

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Abstract

Recent coverage in Higher Education newspapers and social media platforms imply that chronic conditions, illnesses and disabilities are becoming more prominent amongst academics. Changes to funding structures, increased globalisation, marketisation and bureaucratisation of Higher Education have resulted in a performance-driven working environment where teaching workload and pressures to publish are further intensified due to excellence exercises in teaching and research (Gewirtz and Cribb, 2013). The result is low morale and an ever-rising number of reported mental health issues, burnout and stress-related illnesses within academia (Darabi et al., 2017). This article explores some of those issues in the context of Higher Education institutions in the UK. We draw on our research and our experiences as speakers regarding ableism in academia to provide food for thought, stimulate a debate and raise awareness of those academics experiencing chronic illness, disability or neurodiversity whose voices are not heard.

Type: Article
Title: Ableism in academia: Where are the disabled and ill academics?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2018.1455627
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2018.1455627
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Disability in academia, chronic illness in academia, neurodiversity in academia, ableism in academia, invisible disability, invisible illness, academic ableism
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Arts and Sciences (BASc)
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10045595
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