Student pen pals for the elderly, tracking COVID-19 in wastewater and development of a home-test – Thursday 14th May

Illustration of people being 2m apart due to COVID-19

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. Bournemouth University help business find virtual alternatives to live events

As many exhibitions and live events have been cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Bournemouth University is working to support the Exhibition Futures 2020 Challenge. 

Businesses can pitch their idea for a virtual alternative to live events to have the opportunity to win a £5,000 cash prize. 

2.  The University of Kent makes 3D printed face shields for healthcare workers 

As the PPE shortage for healthcare workers continues, the University of Kent continues to work to plug the gap in supply. 

The University is producing essential 3D printed face shields for local care workers. 

3. Students volunteer as Isolation Pen Pals for residents in care homes – University of Essex

Twelve students at the University of Essex have been supporting residents in two local care homes by joining a programme set up by the student’s union, Isolation Pen Pals. 

The students write letters, paint pictures and make origami for the care home residents to help them feel less isolated. 

4. Researchers explore tracking COVID-19 infections through wastewater – University of Sheffield

Wastewater could help identify COVID-19 infections and hotspots as the UK lockdown eases. 

Professor Vanessa Speight of the University of Sheffield is playing a vital role in the project. She is co-leading the creation of new data analysis and modelling techniques to interpret data collected from wastewater samples. 

5. Researcher explores the impact of COVID-19 on the management of tinnitus –  Anglia Ruskin University

Award-winning researcher, Dr Eldré Beukes of Anglia Ruskin University, is investigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the management of tinnitus. 

The research is being conducted via anonymous submissions to an online survey. 

6. University of East Anglia student distributes face masks to help the elderly

An international student at the University of East Anglia, Songze Chang from Shanxi in China, has been distributing face masks to help protect elderly people in Norwich.

7. The University of Manchester is developing a COVID-19 home-test

The University of Manchester is working on developing a test for COVID-19 that can be used much like a home pregnancy test.  

It’s hoped that the test could be used by hotspot groups such as nurses and doctors, who can take the test at home before going into work.

8. The University of Worcester thanks students volunteering on the NHS frontline

Robert Dudley, Head of the Three Counties School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Worcester, has recorded a video message to thank the university students who are working with the NHS to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. 

9. The University of Suffolk launches programme to support local businesses

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to have a serious impact on businesses, the University of Suffolk has launched a We are Together with Business to help companies recover from the coronavirus pandemic. 

The programme includes free online training sessions in leadership and management. 

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