How the pandemic is changing technology use, dogs in COVID-19 detection and manufacturing more PPE – 18th May

Illustration of people staying connected through technology

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 weekend.

1. Academic launches international study into the use of technology during the COVID-19 crisis – The Open University

Dr Hannah R. Marston, a research fellow, at The Open University is bringing together experts from various disciplines, including social sciences and technology to study the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the use of technology. 

The study will help inform future research projects. 

2. London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) trial the use of dogs to detect COVID-19 

Working in collaboration with Medical Detection Dogs and Durham University, LSHTM has received funding from the UK Government to conduct a trial into the detection of COVID-19 by specially trained dogs.

It’s hoped that if the trial is successful, medical detection dogs could be trained in 6-8 weeks and be able to screen 250 people per hour for the infection. 

3. Loughborough University alumnus inspires professionals with YouTube video series

Alex Lees, Loughborough University Master’s graduate, has launched a YouTube series, Tale Talks, to inspire peers during the lockdown.

The Q&A series features positive stories from business people, entrepreneurs and athletes from the Midlands area. 

4. De Monfort University Leicester manufactures essential PPE for healthcare workers

Staff at De Monfort University Leicester are putting their skills to use on campus during the lockdown by making visors, face masks and scrubs for healthcare workers. 

5. The University of Aberdeen researchers contribute to the dental service re-opening recommendations 

The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown have led to the closure of dental services all over the world. The re-opening of dental practices is currently being reviewed. 

The University of Aberdeen has collaborated with various organisations including the NHS Education for Scotland, to contribute to the report: Recommendations for the re-opening of dental services: a rapid review of international sources.

6. Sheffield Hallam University supports the local community during the COVID-19 crisis

From healthcare students joining the NHS workforce, to researchers creating guides to help support older people during the outbreak, students and staff at Sheffield Hallam University have been supporting the local community during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

7. York St John University make essential Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline workers

As PPE shortages continue to leave keyworkers more vulnerable to COVID-19, staff, students and alumni of York St John University have been manufacturing visors to help protect those on the frontline.

The team at the university has produced more than 3,500 visors so far. 

8. University of Leicester academic warns of COVID-19 outbreaks on public transport and how to avoid them

Dr Julian Tang, Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of Respiratory Sciences at the University of Leicester, has shared his concerns about the potential for COVID-19 outbreaks among passengers using public transport. 

He recommends that passengers wear a mask covering the nose and mouth and keep windows open where possible. 

9. Research shows that healthcare workers need more psychological support – Queen Mary University of London

A research paper co-authored by academics from Queen Mary University London that looks at the psychological wellbeing of healthcare staff has found that more support needs to be provided. 

The paper includes recommendations for ways of supporting healthcare staff for teams, individuals and leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Recents tweets