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. Study reveals the long term psychological impact of severe coronavirus cases – King’s College London and University College London (UCL)
Research exploring the long term mental health consequences of severe coronavirus infections shows that almost a third of patients experience psychological issues in the months and years following infection.
The King’s College and UCL collaborative study found sufferers experience issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety disorders.
2. The University of Sheffield podcast looks at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on arts organisations
In the latest episode of the University of Sheffield’s podcast, Coronavirus, Examined, Professor Stephanie Pitts talks about how arts organisations have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and how they can be supported.
3. Research shows COVID-19 pandemic causes a 17% reduction in carbon emissions – University of East Anglia
The University of East Anglia has led research into the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on daily carbon emissions.
Findings show that daily carbon emissions have dropped by 17%, but scientists predict that this reduction is unlikely to last.
4. The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) manufactures over 200 types of PPE and vital machine parts
The engineering facilities at UCLan has become a manufacturing hub for PPE and vital hospital equipment. As well as making essential visors for healthcare staff, the University is producing leads for non-invasive blood pressure monitors and nozzles for machines that help stop the spread of COVID-19 through the air.
5. The University of Gloucestershire supports international students during the COVID-19 crisis
International university students are experiencing a unique set of difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To help support their international students, the University of Gloucestershire has set up a Facebook group for students to chat and connect during the COVID-19 crisis.
6. Researchers awarded £52,000 funding to investigate the impact of COVID-19 lockdown on patients with musculoskeletal conditions – University of Aberdeen
Funded by Versus Arthritis and the British Society for Rheumatology (BSR), researchers at the University of Aberdeen will explore the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the health of those with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions.
7. Lecturer produces explainer to show why elderly people are more vulnerable to COVID-19 – University of Kent
The Office for National Statistics produced a report which stated that pensioners are 34 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than people of working age.
To explain why older people are more vulnerable to the infection than other groups, Dr Marina Ezcurra, Lecturer in the Biology of Ageing at the School of Biosciences, has written a guide help show why this is the case.
8. Kingston University art students bring children’s drawings to life during the lockdown
As part of a community project, two Kingston University art students, Izzi Toovey and Josephine Miller have set up Colouring in Kingston to give children daily interactive challenges they can complete from home during the lockdown.
Children submit their drawings of everyday objects to the project and they are digitally coloured and animated by the University students.
9. University of Essex professors explore the impact of the ‘digital divide’ during the COVID-19 pandemic
Professor Lorna McGregor and Dr Ahmed Shaheed of the University of Essex have been researching how a lack of access to online information and resources is impacting people during the pandemic.
The researchers propose five principles to ensure people are not suffering as a result of the ‘digital divide’.