Exploring COVID-19’s impact on smell and taste, a pandemic simulator, and student mental health – 21st 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. Academics collaborate to explore the COVID-19 symptom of loss of taste and smell – University of Northumbria and University of Newcastle

A sudden loss of taste and smell (anosmia) has been added to the official UK list of COVID-19 symptoms. 

Academics from the University of Northumbria and the University of Newcastle are working together to investigate the newly listed symptom as part of the UK branch of the Global Consortium for Chemosensory Research (GCCR).

2. A COVID-19 simulator could help predict life after lockdown – University of Hull

The COVID-19 Resurgence Simulator has been created by the University of Hull’s Logistics Institute. 

It’s designed to assess how relaxing lockdown measures over different timescales could affect the possibility of a second spike in the virus. 

3. Keele University study how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting different social groups

Led by Keele University’s Professor Christian Mallen and Professor Lisa Dikomitis, the study aims to understand how the lockdown is impacting the social and professional lives of people in five different social groups. 

The groups include older adults, students in higher education and primary care and social care professionals. 

4. University of Newcastle professor delivers a lecture about ageism during the COVID-19 crisis

Professor Thomas Scharf of the University of Newcastle has addressed issues of ageism and age stereotyping during the coronavirus pandemic in an online lecture.

Scharf considers the consequences of the societal response to COVID-19 for older people. 

5. The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) adds new clinical insights to COVID-19 online course

The LSHTM has updated their COVID-19 course to include recent clinical developments and the option to take the course in one of eight languages. 

The course is available on the platform, Future Learn, and starts on Monday 25th May. 

6. The University of Sussex launches a study into the impact of COVID-19 on student mental health

The study, SITUATE (Students in Transition at University: Aiming to Enhance Mental and Social Health and Wellbeing), aims to explore the psychological and social impacts the COVID-19 crisis is having on students as they move through university. 

The findings will help shape mental health support the University offers students.

7. University of Exeter student gives international student friend a home during the COVID-19 crisis

University of Exeter BSc Biological Sciences student, Maddy, was planning to return to her home in Seattle when the COVID-19 pandemic caused a worldwide lockdown. 

Since then, Maddy has been staying safe and well at her university friend Megan’s family home.

8. SOAS University of London professors explore the ways the COVID-19 response is undermined by corruption

Professors Mushtaq Khan and Pallavi Roy of the SOAS Anti-Corruption Evidence Consortium share the ways corruption is already affecting the response to the COVID-19 crisis worldwide in a guest blog for the charity, Oxfam. 

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