UNSW Science acknowledges that many staff have been affected by the Australian bushfires in 2019-2020 and COVID-19 in 2020. There has been a significant change to the way academic staff are educating, researching and making impact. Professional and technical staff have also had to adapt quickly to new ways of working and delivering for the UNSW Science community.
Many staff are experiencing more substantial additional responsibilities and experiencing some of the adverse effects of working remotely and/or in isolation.
UNSW Science also acknowledges that during the crises staff have a social responsibility to extend themselves beyond work such as caring responsibilities and many staff will have encountered periods of severe disruption with impacts on their physical and mental wellbeing.
The aim of these guidelines is to enable staff to have these impacts considered when discussing achievements they have made during this time.