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. Staff, students and alumni take action against the impact of COVID-19 – The University of Manchester
The University of Manchester is undertaking a range of projects to help support the national response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Projects include making essential PPE for healthcare workers, supplying food to vulnerable members of the local community and providing free parking for NHS staff.
2. University of East Anglia student shares her experiences working at Nightingale Hospital London
Alex Hunter, a newly qualified occupational therapist, volunteered to work at Nightingale Hospital London during the COVID-19 pandemic.
She shares her experiences in her temporary role as a Clinical Support Worker at the hospital.
3. The University of Exeter has created a programme to support healthcare workers
A programme to support frontline staff has been developed by the University of Exter in partnership with Dignity Health Global Education (DHGE).
The hour-long course, Strength to Endure, is designed to help frontline staff increase their resilience and wellbeing during the COVID-19 crisis.
4. UK university research will lead the UK’s economic recovery – University of Glasgow
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, explains the importance of university research for the UK’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. He also explains the need for additional funding to complete research projects.
5. Food banks experience high demand during COVID-19 crisis – The University of Sheffield
In the latest episode of their podcast series, Coronavirus, Examined, The University of Sheffield speaks to Dr Megan Blake from the Institute for Sustainable Food about the impact the pandemic is having on the use of food banks.
6. The University of Essex celebrate the fundraising efforts of ‘superhero’ staff
A sponsored run organised by a lecturer at the University’s Edge Hotel School raised £6,000 for St Helena’s Hospice.
Dressed in superhero costumes, the sponsored team ran 1,880km in their homes and gardens over a one week period.
7. University of Surrey PhD graduate shares experiences of academic life during COVID-19 in an article for Physics World
Professor Tao Wang completed his PhD at the University of Surrey in 2009. He is now working as an experimental physicist at Wuhan University of Technology in China.
Professor Wang’s article ‘Physics in the pandemic’ in Physics World is an insight into his experiences during the 11-week lockdown in Wuhan.
8. University of Stirling staff volunteer to boost the NHS and Scottish Ambulance Service
Clinically-trained staff from the University of Stirling will join 396 of their students as volunteers on the COVID-19 frontline.
The 11 nurses and paramedics will be working in hospitals and with the Scottish Ambulance Service.
9. Cranfield University makes PPE mask connectors for NHS staff
Cranfield University is using its 3D printing facilities to create mask connectors for Milton Keynes University Hospital.
The device helps protect healthcare staff from discomfort and sores when wearing surgical masks for prolonged periods.
10. The University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) is producing life-saving ventilators
AMRC opened in November 2019, just before the coronavirus pandemic struck. The centre has been temporarily converted into a production facility for thousands of medical ventilators.
The AMRC is currently working to fulfil a government order of 15,000 ventilators for use in NHS hospitals in the UK.