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. Coventry University develop a personal finance app to help money management in the COVID-19 economy
To help people manage their finances in the negative economy caused by the COVID-19 crisis, researchers at Coventry University have created the MoneySkills app.
The app can be used to budget, set financial goals and to help encourage routine saving.
2. Queen’s University Belfast call out for survey submissions to help combat COVID-19
The Covidence UK Study is a collaborative research project by Queen’s University Belfast and other universities including King’s College London.
Submissions to the survey will be used to help understand COVID-19 infection risk factors, discover the long-term impacts of the disease and to explore the physical, psychological and economic impact of the virus.
3. The University of Surrey collaborates to develop a COVID-19 test with results in 30 minutes
In collaboration with Brunel University London and Lancaster University, the University of Surrey is developing a new COVID-19 test kit that can deliver results in under 30 minutes. The current tests for COVID-19 take several hours to process results.
It’s hoped that the portable kit will be able to carry out six tests every 30 minutes and can be used in highly-populated areas, such as care homes and offices.
4. Aston University Students’ Union becomes a food distribution centre to help vulnerable people in the local community
Aston University volunteers are working with The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS), a food distribution service in Birmingham, to help supply the local community with food parcels and cooked meals.
The University has donated its Students’ Union building to TAWS as a hub for the service.
5. A University of East Anglia (UEA) collaborative research project shows how COVID-19 strategies could control the spread of infection
Using data re-purposed from a BBC Four citizen science experiment, Contagion!, the UEA, Oxford University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, have simulated outbreaks of COVID-19 to see which methods would be best at containing the infection.
The preliminary research shows that tracing and quarantining contacts of infected people works well in conjunction with social-distancing measures and large-scale testing.
6. The University of East London produces Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for NHS workers
Technicians from the University of East London have teamed up to make full-face shields for frontline healthcare workers.
The team are using the University’s 3D printer to create the masks, producing over 450 so far.
7. Students design computer models to detect COVID-19 in X-rays – Cranfield University
Students on the MSc Computer and Machine Vision course at Cranfield University have collaborated to design computer models that can identify symptoms of pneumonia and determine if it is caused by COVID-19.
8. Imperial College London research shows that COVID-19 testing is urgently needed in care homes
Investigations into coronavirus outbreaks at four care homes in London has been carried out by UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI).
The research shows the death rate in care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic in March-May has been three times higher than in previous years. High-rates of infection were revealed and 60 per cent of those infected were asymptomatic of displayed atypical symptoms.
9. Bournemouth University student prints over 500 essential visors for healthcare workers
Ben Butler, a mechanical engineering student at Bournemouth University, has been creating visors for frontline healthcare staff.
He has delivered over 500 visors to care homes and food banks in his local area and as far afield as Cornwall.