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. Medical imaging students graduate early to support NHS staff on the frontline – University of Exeter
Medical imaging students at Exeter University were given the opportunity to graduate months earlier than scheduled to be able to join the NHS response to COVID-19 and ease the pressure on experienced NHS radiographers.
32 students graduated in an online ceremony and are now supporting their NHS colleagues on the frontline.
2. University of Chester theatre students move their full stage production online as an audio drama
Love and Information, was the full stage production acting, theatre and drama degree students at the University of Chester had planned to perform in person.
But, the COVID-19 crisis and lockdown restrictions make this impossible. Students are working hard to adapt the performance into an audio drama that will be performed on Facebook Live on Friday 5th June at 5pm.
3. Keele University historian works with community youth group to open up brownfield land for communities
As the COVID-19 lockdown exposes the lack of greenspaces for vulnerable spaces, Dr Ben Anderson of Keele University is working with a local youth group to open up brownfield land to deprived communities.
4. The University of Glasgow teams up with food network to help people in need
A group of volunteers from the University of Glasgow are working with the Glasgow Community Food Network to pack and distribute food parcels to vulnerable people in the local community.
5. Edinburgh Napier University lecturer uses technology to help charities and businesses make deliveries
Dr Neil Urquhart, a lecturer at the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University has created an app called Foodel to help businesses and charities make food deliveries as efficiently as possible.
Originally created as a teaching tool, when the COVID-19 crisis hit Foodel was made available for free to any organisation making deliveries.
6. University of Liverpool alumni launch a fund to support students in financial difficulty
The COVID-19 Student Crisis Support Fund has been launched by the University of Liverpool alumni to help students who are struggling financially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Fund is accepting donations to help students cover essential costs such as utility bills and shopping essentials.
7. De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) fast-tracks nurses and midwives to help the NHS COVID-19 response
200 final-year student nurses and midwives at DMU have been fast-tracked to join the NHS and provide support during the COVID-19 crisis.
The University arranged for exams to be taken earlier than scheduled so students could work on the frontline.
8. University College London (UCL) explore what we can learn from the history of pandemics in a podcast
As part of the UCL’s podcast series, Coronavirus: The Whole Story, experts including Professor Graham Hart, Professor of Sexual Health and HIV Research, will be discussing the history of pandemics and what we can learn from them.