Covid19 and (this rural) Place

After ten weeks of working from home, I have some reflections to make. These reflections can be divided into three main themes: work, place, and people.

Firstly, my transition to working solely from home has been relatively painless. Much of my work was already in online spaces – email correspondence, tutorials with students by phone and videoconference, and meetings with colleagues on Webex Teams or Skype for business. To be honest, some of what I normally did has benefited from moving online. Although there are more meetings, they tend to be shorter and more focussed (and there are recordings of the occasional meeting that I miss). Yes, I miss the ‘real-life’ connections with friends, but there has also been more of an effort to reach out and make online contact with people that I would rarely ‘seek out ‘ for a random conversation because we would normally ‘bump into each other’ in the corridor, or at the photocopier.

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