What history tells us about pandemic impacts, romance during lockdown and food waste reduction – 25th 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 bank holiday weekend. 

1. University of Cambridge professor argues that the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will be short-term

Dr Leigh Shaw-Taylor of the History Faculty at the University of Cambridge, argues in an abridged publication of his work that the COVID-19 pandemic will not interrupt the long-term improvements of life expectancy. 

2. PhD student helps reduce food waste during the lockdown – University of Manchester

Mathieu Augustin, a PhD student at the University of Manchester, realised when the lockdown was announced that Manchester food businesses would need to get rid of their stock. 

On behalf of OLIO, an app helping to redistribute food in the community to avoid waste, Mathieu collects surplus food from supermarkets and bakeries across the city.

A team of volunteers known as Waste Heroes then make cooked meals from the food and list them on the OLIO app to be collected. 

3. The University of Greenwich donates essential PPE to local healthcare workers

Staff in the Engineering and Science faculty at the University of Greenwich have donated their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to local NHS hospitals and hospices to provide frontline workers with essential protection against the COVID-19 virus.

4. De Montfort University (DMU) Leicester staff and students volunteer to support their local community

Staff and students at DMU Leicester have signed up to volunteer skills and time to help the local community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Laura Rowe, a member of staff at DMU Leicester, is helping the Beaumont Leys community by making vegetable soup that will be included in food parcels distributed to those who need them most. 

5. Keele University staff and students respond to the COVID-19 pandemic

Keele University has been responding to many of the challenges caused by the COVID-19 crisis. 

Among their contributions: final year medical students are volunteering on the frontline, the University laboratory supplies and PPE have been donated to the NHS and Keele experts advise policymakers on improving road safety during and after lockdown. 

6. University of Essex professor to discuss romantic relationships in the time of COVID-19 in a webinar 

Dr Veronica Lamarche, a relationship expert, will join the University of Essex’s webinar series Essex Explores on Wednesday 27th May to explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on romantic relationships. 

7. Alumni create a virtual platform to address design challenges caused by COVID-19 – Royal College of Art 

Feeling helpless and frustrated in lockdown, Royal College of Art alumni, Kate Strudwick and Timi Oyedeji, teamed up to create Isolated Inventors

The virtual platform allows people to share their design hacks and ideas to help resolve issues brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. 


8. The University of Bradford gives a platform to dementia sufferers and carers to share their experiences of the COVID-19 lockdown

The University of Bradford’s Centre for Applied Dementia Studies online archive is collecting accounts of lockdown from dementia sufferers and their carers. 

The archive of personal and moving experiences has been viewed thousands of times in April alone. 

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