Helping disadvantaged children, bus driver deaths and the impact of the lockdown on climate change – 22nd 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. University of Leicester researcher is helping countries recover from the economic impact of COVID-19

Dr Martin Quinn his colleague Dr Marta Gasparin of the University of Leicester co-founded the research group, Innovation and Creativity in Transitioning Economies (INCITE). 

The group’s work in Asia is providing an insight into the economic damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Their research and expertise will inform the recovery of damaged economies through their creative industries. 

2. Lancaster University helps keep education for disadvantaged pupils on track during the lockdown 

Lancaster University is one of many education providers that have teamed up to form the Connecting Kids initiative.  

The group are providing children from low-income households with access to the internet and digital devices. The University is also supplying student mentors to help keep pupils on track with their education whilst schools are closed. 

3. £400,000 funding secured for COVID-19 volunteer research project – University of Hull

The University of Hull, in collaboration with the Universities of Sheffield and Leeds, has secured £400,000 of funding to research the impact volunteers have had during the COVID-19 crisis.

The project will look at how volunteers have been deployed nationally and locally along with the strategies used by local authorities, charities and by initiatives within communities. 

4. Aston University academic supports son teaching school friends French on YouTube

The Head of French at Aston University, Dr Emmanuelle Labeau, is supporting her son, Aleksandar, to produce videos for his own French-teaching channel on YouTube. 

Aleksander started making the videos so his classmates wouldn’t miss out on the benefits of learning French during the lockdown. 

5. The University of Manchester devise an app to reduce the risk of falls in elderly people during the lockdown

A team at the University of Manchester have created the app, Keep-On-Keep-Up, to help reduce the number of falls in those over 65 years old. 

The evidence-based app provides personally tailored strength and balance exercises to help older people maintain and improve their mobility. 

6. University College London will work with TfL to study COVID-19 bus driver deaths

29 London bus drivers have lost their lives to COVID-19 infections so far. The University College London will work with TfL on a two-part study to understand the high level of infection and deaths among transport workers.  

7. The University of Edinburgh call out for young Scots to share their COVID-19 pandemic experiences

In collaboration with the University of Glasgow, the University of Edinburgh is requesting submissions from young Scottish people aged between 12 and 17 to share their experiences of the COVID-19 crisis to inform a study. 

The study, TeenCovidLife, will help gauge the impact the pandemic is having on young people’s lives and help inform how policymakers can best help teenagers.

8. University of East Anglia professor talks about the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on climate change in a Carbon Brief webinar

Professor Corinne Le Quéré CBE of the University of East Anglia joined an expert panel to discuss the temporary reduction of global emissions as a result of the lockdown, in a webinar hosted by Carbon Brief. 

9. University of Kent lecturer explores the relationship between China and WHO in the COVID-19 pandemic

Dr Pak K Lee, Senior Lecturer in Chinese Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent, has co-written an article looking at the relationship between China and the World Health Organisation (WHO). 

The article argues that understanding the relationship is essential for the future of global public health. 

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