Hardship funds, volunteering website, and speech and language rehab – Tuesday 5th May

iPhone showing COVID-19 app

Here are some of the latest stories about UK university COVID-19 projects and initiatives shared on social media in the last 24 hours.

1. The University of Essex supports students experiencing financial hardship

The University of Essex has set up a Hardship Fund to help students who are in financial difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. 

Alumni and friends of the university have made donations to the fund and have helped more than 150 students so far. 

2. Alumni set up website to collate volunteering opportunities – London School of Economics (LSE)

The What We Can Do website was set up by LSE graduates, Florence Waller-Carr and Ümran Avni, as an information hub for people who want to volunteer to help others during the COVID-19 crisis. 

The website includes links to volunteering opportunities, petitions, fundraisers and tips to keep well. 

3. The University of Hertfordshire is researching the effects of lockdown on future employment

The University of Hertfordshire is conducting a survey to understand the effects of lockdown on physical activity. 

The results will help researchers understand how much exercise people are currently getting and the information could influence how we work in the future.

4. Speech and language expert leads rehabilitation of COVID-19 patients at Nightingale Hospital – Kingston and St Georges, University of London 

Dr Jackie McRae appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Great Britain to talk about how she is helping the rehabilitation of COVID-19 patients at London’s Nightingale Hospital.

5. Loughborough University alumni cycle challenge to fundraise for student Emergency Hardship Fund 

Oliver Sidwell, President of the Alumni Association at Loughborough University, leads the challenge that will see participants cycle 130 miles over 15 days. 

Money raised will be donated to the university’s Emergency Hardship Fund which is designed to support students in financial need.   

6. Imperial College School of Medicine student volunteers to support the NHS

Fifth-year medical student, Thomas O’Connor, has volunteered to support colleagues and patients during the COVID-19 crisis. 

7. Norwich University of Arts graduate donates profits from poster design to NHS campaign

Erin Aniker, BA Illustration graduate, has created a poster thanking NHS key workers as part of a series of artworks. 

Profits made from selling the poster will be donated to the Masks for NHS Heroes, a fundraising campaign to provide NHS staff with PPE.  

8. The University of Bath manufacture PPE for frontline healthcare workers 

The University of Bath is helping boost the supply of essential Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline healthcare workers.

The University has joined forces with the local community to manufacture face masks and other critical equipment. 

9. Nurses and medical students join the COVID-19 frontline – University of West Scotland 

A group of third-year nurses at the University of West Scotland have joined the emergency care area at University Hospital Wishaw.

Third-year student midwives, Melissa Scott, Paige Jones and Karen Stirling, have joined the hospital’s maternity team.  

10. Central Saint Martins (CSM) staff lead campaign to make scrubs for healthcare staff

Hundreds of non-surgical scrubs have been made by CSM staff, students and members of the public to support the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The campaign is led by Foundation Diploma Art and Design Curriculum Leaders, Oonagh O’Hagan and Jo Simpson. 

11. University of Derby staff member creates hundreds of ear guards for NHS workers

Print Supervisor, Steve Colledge, has used his personal 3D printer in his spare room to create hundreds of ear guards. 

The plastic device makes wearing surgical masks more comfortable for healthcare workers. 

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