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 weekend.
1. London Business School MBA student is running a fundraiser for COVID-19 relief for young people in India
Eishan Dhandhania, an MBA student at the London Business School (LBS), is working with a group of LBS students to raise money for The Magic Bus Foundation to help children and young people in poverty in India.
The team have raised £1,470 so far. This will provide 13,700 meals for disadvantaged young people in Myanmar and Nepal.
2. Law students volunteer to provide legal advice to those impacted by COVID-19 – University of Manchester
A team of 40 law students at the University of Manchester will be providing legal advice to people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The students will be providing written and video advice in five key areas that have been hit hard by the pandemic: employment, housing, family, carers and consumer law.
3. King’s College London alumni raise £13,000 to help save Shakespeare’s Globe
The Globe has closed its doors during the COVID-19 pandemic and has since been struggling to secure funding.
Alumni of Shakespeare’s Studies MA at King’s College London have teamed up to fundraise for The Globe with a 48-hour readathon of their favourite Shakespeare plays. The group have raised £13,000 so far.
4. Nottingham Trent University student volunteers at care home during the COVID-19 crisis
Dishant Chavan, a postgraduate student at Nottingham Trent University, is volunteering at a care home to help support the local community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As well as helping some of the most vulnerable people in society, Dischant sees this as an opportunity to build his transferable skills and gain new experiences.
5. University of Essex research shows that single mums and the lowest paid are hit the hardest financially by COVID-19
A study by the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex has revealed that single mums and those with an average income of £297 per week or less are being most negatively impacted financially by the COVID-19 crisis.
6. University of Central Lancaster research shows the effects of COVID-19 on disadvantaged households in West Cumbria
The University of Central Lancaster (UCLan) has collaborated with the West Cumbria Child Poverty Forum to explore the impact of COVID-19 on disadvantaged households in the area.
The findings raise significant concerns about the impact of the lockdown on children’s education. The research shows that the COVID-19 crisis is impacting disadvantaged households most severely and has pushed many families into poverty.
7. Birmingham City University students and alumni volunteer for the NHS
Students and graduates in computing courses at Birmingham City University have been volunteering at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust during the COVID-19 crisis.
8. University of Aberdeen PhD student’s work helps inform the Scottish government’s response to COVID-19
Viktoria Eriksson is in the second year of her PhD in Sociology at the University of Aberdeen.
Her placement with the Scottish Household Survey over the last three months has provided the policymakers and researchers with essential data about Scottish households which is used to inform responses to the COVID-19 crisis.
9. St George’s University of London alumnus climbs the equivalent to Ben Nevis in her garden for the Coronavirus Action Fund
Heather Blackhall, Alumni Engagement Officer at St George’s University London, has been fundraising for the University’s Coronavirus Action Fund to support research into the COVID-19 virus.
Heather has walked up and down her patio steps 1,345 times, the equivalent to hiking Ben Nevis raise money for the fund.