Free support for SMEs, outdoor learning for kids and King’s app success – Wednesday 13th May

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Here’s a round-up of some of the latest stories about UK university COVID-19 projects and initiatives shared on social media over the last 24 hours

1. Teesside University put together a support package for SMEs

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on businesses across the country. To help support SMEs, Teesside University has put together a package of free support. 

The package includes one-to-one support for business owners and founders, online digital skills courses and grants. 

2. King’s College London collaborative Covid Symptom Study app shows promise

The Covid Symptom Study developed by Zoe Global, Massachusetts General Hospital and King’s College London, allows users to track the symptoms of suspected coronavirus. 

Using a mathematical model, researchers were able to predict whether a person was going to become ill with COVID-19 with 80% accuracy.

3. University of Gloucestershire student nurses volunteer on the NHS frontline

138 undergraduate student nurses from the University of Gloucestershire are working in the NHS to support local services during the pandemic. 

The students are working in various areas within the NHS including community health centres and hospitals.

4. Bath Spa University makes 500 medical gowns for local hospitals

In collaboration with local volunteers, Bath Spa University have been sewing medical gowns using a pattern designed by engineers at the university. 

The gowns will help protect healthcare staff at Royal United Hospitals Bath.  

5. Edge Hill University thank student nurses and midwives for their contributions on #InternationalNursesDay

Over 750 nursing, midwifery and paramedic practise students at Edge Hill University, have volunteered to help on the frontline during the coronavirus pandemic.

Students and staff shared their thanks by creating collages and short films. 

6. The effects of COVID-19 and lockdown on our mental health – University College London (UCL)

Dr Daisy Fancourt, Associate Professor in Psychobiology and Epidemiology at UCL, explains how the pandemic and lockdown are impacting the nation’s mental health.

She also makes recommendations and shares strategies to help support your own mental health and wellbeing.

7. University of Bristol joins UK consortium for coronavirus research

The University of Britstol is helping to develop a vaccine and to support testing research by providing scientists with essential ‘protein reagents’.

8. PhD researcher studies the impact of COVID-19 on outdoor learning for children – University of Hull

Katie Parsons, of the Department of Geography, Geology and Environment at the University of Hull, is studying how the closures of schools have affected children’s access to outdoor learning. 

9. Brunel University London fundraises for project to make PPE for frontline workers

Volunteers from Brunel University and the surrounding area have already raised £12,000 to make essential PPE for frontline healthcare workers. 

The university project team, Brunel Cares, are hoping to raise more money so they can continue to source and manufacture urgently needed by frontline workers. 

10. Oxford Brookes alumna returns to the NHS to help during the COVID-19 crisis

Su Chantry, Oxford Brookes alumna, is usually the Occupational Health Manager for the Williams Formula One Team, but she’s returned to the frontline NHS to work as a nurse during the pandemic.   

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