An app that could diagnose COVID-19, study shows 25% of the UK infected and free online art and craft classes for kids – Friday 15th 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. An app collecting recordings of COVID-19 patients could help diagnose the virus – University of Cambridge 

Funded by the European Union, researchers at the University of Cambridge have launched an app that records the voices, breathing and coughing sounds of people with COVID-19. 

It’s hoped that with this data and machine learning algorithms, the app could be used to help diagnose the virus. 

2. The University of Exeter call out for over 50s to share how COVID-19 has is impacting their lives

Researchers at the University of Exeter and Kings College London are asking for people aged over 50 to take part in an online study to share their experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The study aims to reveal the impact of the crisis on the health and wellbeing of older people so they can be better supported.

3. Keele University volunteers to test tens of thousands of samples for COVID-19

Two staff members and a final year PhD student at Keele University have volunteered to join  Lighthouse Lab at Alderley Park to test nose and throat swabs for COVID-19.

They join a team of experts as part of an effort to increase testing in the UK.

4. Middlesex University make scrubs and gowns for healthcare workers

After manufacturing 60,000 visors to help protect NHS workers from COVID-19, Middlesex University have now also turned their hand to making essential scrubs and gowns. 

5. Study shows that over 25% of the UK have been infected with COVID-19 – University of Manchester

In partnership with researchers at Salford Royal and Res Consortium, the University of Manchester has produced a study that shows over 25% of the UK population has been infected with COVID-19. 

The study has been published in the International Journal of Clinical Practice.

6. The University of Bath is holding a free online lecture today at 2pm: ‘Making Sense of the Coronavirus Crisis: Social and Political Effects’ 

The University of Bath’s free Virtual Minerva Lecture Series continues with four panels of experts from the university sharing their research and expertise. 

The latest lecture will cover the social and political effects of COVID-19, the science of the virus, the impacts on the health and wellbeing of the population, and the impact on the economy and business. 

7. Staff donate car parking fees to student hardship fund – Swansea University 

Swansea University staff have gifted their car parking fees (which are paused during the lockdown) to the university’s student hardship fund. 

The university is also crowdfunding for vulnerable students as they continue to receive requests for support. 

8. Supporting parents with free online arts and crafts classes for children – University of Bedfordshire

A second-year Primary Education student at the University of Bedfordshire, Martha Kay, is helping parents by streaming free arts and crafts classes on YouTube.

9. Webinar series to help businesses become more resilient – University of Central Lancashire

To help businesses and organisations recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, the University of Lancashire has launched a free webinar series.

The series of six webinars will be held from Wednesday 20th May until Wednesday 24th June.

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