Journalism students using TikTok to reach young audiences and the impact of COVID-19 on women – 19th 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. Ulster University students inform young people about COVID-19 on TikTok

Journalism students from Ulster University are using the video-sharing social network, TikTok, to share information about COVID-19. 

With 50% of TikTok’s audience under the age of 34, it’s hoped the students’ work will inform and engage young people. 

2. The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) collaborative group approved by the UK Government to solve NHS trust problems 

The MedTech Solutions Group brings together experts from across UCLan including scientists, engineers and technologists. 

The group formed to help solve some of the problems experienced by the NHS trusts during the pandemic and in the longer term and has now been approved by the Government’s Crown Commercial Services procurement arm. 

3. University of Gloucestershire student sets up a support group for her local community

A first-year research student at the University of Gloucestershire, Jenny, set up a local support group to help vulnerable people during the lockdown and pandemic. 

As well as organising online activities to keep her local community connected, she picks up prescriptions and helps people get their shopping. 

4. The Open University supports students’ careers during the lockdown

As many people are planning for life after lockdown, the Open University has created a package of tools and resources to help their students prepare for their next career move. 

The package includes a career planning guide and the opportunity to practice interview skills. 

5. Sheffield Hallam University create Coronavirus Appeal to fundraise for students in financial difficulty 

As students face the financial fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, Sheffield Hallam University is raising money to help support those in need. 

The appeal has raised almost £107,000 so far and will be distributed directly to the students who need it most. 

6. Manchester Metropolitan University student makes Personal Protective Equipment for NHS hospitals

Salma Miyan, a Manchester Metropolitan University PhD Student, has been using her sewing skills to make face masks, scrubs and headbands for her local hospitals.

7. The University of Bristol works with the NHS to predict how COVID-19 will affect patients

In collaboration with clinicians at North Bristol NHS Trust, the University of Bristol has launched a study to find out why some patients are affected severely by COVID-19 and some mildly. 

It’s hoped the observational study will identify markers in individuals that can predict how severely the COVID-19 will impact them. 

8. The University of Bradford is manufacturing thousands of face shields for healthcare workers

As the PPE shortage for frontline workers continues the University of Bradford has started to produce thousands of face shields to help protect NHS workers. 

The University is working with local companies, ActiveCell Technologies and Teconnex, to use 3D printers and polymer injection moulding machines to manufacture the masks. 

9. How the COVID-19 pandemic could change our attitudes to work – University of Warwick

As the world of work has dramatically changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Chris Bilton of the Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies at the University of Warwick explores how the pandemic has impacted our attitudes to work.  

10. Women bear the burden of the coronavirus pandemic – London School of Economics (LSE)

A study from the Centre for Economic Performance at LSE shows that women are more likely to lose their jobs than men in the COVID-19 crisis. 

Women are also more likely to be undertaking extra household chores and childcare, whether they are working or not. 

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