COVID-19 hits the north of England harder than the south, BAME groups at higher risk and the positive environmental impacts of lockdown – 29th 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. Mechanical Engineering student develops a COVID-19 protective shield to keep surgeons safe during surgery – University of Bath

Jahan Daya, a Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Bath, worked with his father, an ENT surgeon, to develop a protective face shield to help keep surgeons safe when operating on COVID-19 patients. 

The father and son team contacted Abplas, a plastic fabricator and design company, and worked with them to finalise the design of The COVID Shield. They are hoping to fund 30 more shields to fulfil orders across the UK.

2. University of Sheffield lecturer talks about the potential for a Universal Basic Income following the COVID-19 crisis

Mark Bryan, a researcher and lecturer at the Department of Economics at the University of Sheffield, joins the University’s podcast, Coronavirus, Examined, to talk about the value of a Universal Basic Income to help the economy out of the COVID-19 financial crash. 

3. A free course for teenagers about COVID-19 is now available online – London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)

A course explaining the COVID-19 pandemic and addressing common questions has been created and tailored for teenagers and young people. 

The course answers some of the most common questions about the infection. 

4. The University of Manchester research finds high COVID-19 death rates in deprived urban areas in the north

Informed by University of Manchester experts, the Northern Health Science Alliance, in collaboration with the NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs), has released an analysis of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the north.

The research shows that the north has been hit very hard by job losses and death rates from COVID-19 infections.

5. University of Lancaster (UCLan) physiotherapist returns to the frontline to treat COVID-19 patients

Physiotherapist lecturer at UCLan, Amy Parkes, has returned to frontline practice during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Her experiences have been reported on the University’s blog by a first-year journalism student, Jack Goodwin.

6. Coventry University academics will discuss the positive impacts of the lockdown on the environment in an online event

Professors and academics at Coventry University will be delivering presentations online to explore the environmental benefits of the COVID-19 crisis. 

Register in advance to watch Adapting to COVID-19: the environmental benefits on 5th June at 2-4 pm. 

7. Solent University has launched a fund to support students and the local community

The Solent University Covid-19 Response Fund has been set up to financially support students and those in the local community experiencing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The University is asking for donations to enable them to help those in need as well as continuing research into COVID-19. 

8. The University of Bedfordshire collaborate to develop an app for Citizens Advice Luton to help cope with COVID-19 demand

Citizens Advice Luton (CAL) have experienced a huge increase in demand for their services as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But, social distancing guidelines mean that the charity cannot deliver advice face-to-face. 

The University of Bedfordshire is working on a solution in collaboration with CAL by creating an app so the charity can deliver their service remotely. 

9. Research finds black and south Asian ethnic groups are at a higher risk of COVID-19 infection – University of Glasgow

In a research study led by the University of Glasgow, it was found that black and south Asian ethnic groups in England are more likely to become infected with COVID-19 and to be hospitalised as a result. 

Researchers now aim to understand why the groups are at greater risk. 

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