The psychology of 5G conspiracy theories, exercising in lockdown and the impact on churches – 26th May

Illustration of people being 2m apart due to COVID-19

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. Dentistry student joins the COVID-19 frontline at a local hospital – Queen Mary University of London.

Tallulah Hall, a fourth-year Dentistry BDS student at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, found herself with time on her hands when exams and clinics were cancelled as the severity of the COVID-19 crisis became clear. 

She has since been working on the frontline of a local hospital in Kent having volunteered her time and skills. Tallulah shares her experiences and insights on the University blog. 

2. Loughborough University alumni share photos of their fundraising bike ride challenge for the student hardship fund

Loughborough University alumni continue to raise money for students in financial hardship by completing a 130 mile bike ride in 15 days. The team are sharing photos of the scenery on their journeys. 

3. The University of Sheffield podcast looks at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the manufacturing industry

As part of the Coronavirus, Examined podcast series, Steven Foxley, the Executive Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) at the University, shares his insights into the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the manufacturing industry and the role the AMRC has played in producing more ventilators for the UK. 

4. The University of Essex call out for survey submissions to help research the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on exercise and wellbeing

Dr Carly Wood of the University of Essex has launched a research project into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the UK’s physical activity and wellbeing. 

To help researchers understand the impact the lockdown restrictions and the pandemic have had on adults over 18 years of age, participants are asked to complete an online survey.   

5. The Royal College of Art (RCA) helps medical staff during the COVID-19 pandemic with cutting-edge design

A team at the RCA’s Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design led by Research Fellow, Jonathan West, have been responding to challenges raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In a project for University College Hospital, the team designed and created bespoke signage and maps to help staff locate important equipment and understand the PPE needed in each hospital area. 

6. Bishop Grosseteste University collaborate to explore the social impact of COVID-19 among churchgoers

Researchers at Bishop Grosseteste University have teamed up with colleagues at York St John University to look into the impact the COVID-19 crisis is having on personal and societal resilience. 

Participants in the project are asked to complete an online survey called Coronavirus, Church & You.

7. University of Brighton podcast looks at positivity during the COVID-19 pandemic

Head of Counselling and Wellbeing Jo Tomlinson, Brighton Students’ Union Vice-President for Welfare Onyinye Okonkwo, and Eastbourne campus Practice Nurse Antonia Berelson, shared their thoughts on staying positive during the COVID-19 pandemic in the podcast. 

8. The London School of Economics explores the psychology of the belief that 5G towers are connected to COVID-19

J. McKenzie Alexander of the London School of Economics examines the psychology of fringe beliefs as he explores the thinking that links 5G towers to the COVID-19 pandemic in an article published on the University website. 

9. The University of Strathclyde is developing an app to support family carers during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Scottish Government has provided funding for the development of an app to help family carers take the exercise they need at home.

The app’s content, created in collaboration with carers, will be informed by the NHS and WHO guidance.

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