An app helping Zambia fight COVID-19, free legal advice for businesses, and a study revealing privacy concerns for contact tracing app – 2nd June

Illustration of contact tracing app

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. King’s College London alumnus helps Zambia fight COVID-19 with a smartphone app

Daniel Grace graduated with a degree in medicine from King’s College London in 2012 and currently works as a GP in East Sussex. He’s also the Medical Director of Virtual Doctors, a charity that provides medical advice via a smartphone phone app to hard-to-reach rural communities in Zambia. 

During the COVID-19 outbreak, a team of 130 Virtual Doctors have been providing essential support and advice to help prevent, diagnose and treat the virus. 

2. The University of East London sets up free advice clinics for businesses and the local community during the COVID-19 crisis

As businesses and communities face challenges caused by COVID-19, the University of East London has set up two free online advice clinics to offer advice and support. 

The Tax and Accountancy clinic provides businesses with information and support to access loans and grants. 

The Legal Advice Centre clinic is aimed at helping the community with housing, family law and welfare benefits. 

3. London Business School professors to analyse the COVID-19 crisis in an upcoming webinar

London Business School’s (LBS) webinar, User Guide to Covid-19, attracted over one million viewers. 

In the next webinar to be hosted by the University, Navigating a Pandemic Crisis, LBS professors, Paolo Surico and Andrea Galeotti, will discuss the COVID-19 crisis and how they see the country moving forward on Wednesday 3rd June at 12pm. 

4. Sheffield Hallam University teams up to help the local hospitality industry prepare for business after the COVID-19 crisis with webinar series 

In partnership with the ScaleUp 360 programme, Sheffield Hallam University will be delivering a series of webinars to help businesses in the Sheffield City region prepare for the future after the COVID-19 crisis has passed. 

Webinar topics include The future of service in hospitality and Food supply chain challenges and solutions.

5. University of Manchester collaborative study shows privacy concerns will stop the British public from downloading tracing app

A study by researchers from the University of Manchester and Swansea University has found that only one-third of those asked will download the COVID-19 contact tracing app. 

Concerns raised by the two-thirds of participants unsure if they will download the app and those who will definitely not include privacy concerns and fears it will stigmatise those with COVID-19. 

6. University of Hull experts test COVID-19 face masks for local NHS trust

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has been donated to NHS hospitals across the country by individuals and organisations to compensate for the huge shortfall during the COVID-19 crisis. 

University of Hull experts were enlisted to test a batch of 80,000 masks donated to the NHS to ensure they would provide hospital staff with the protection they need. The report presented by the University to the NHS trust resulted in the donation of masks being accepted for use on the frontline.

7. The University of Bath to host an online roundtable discussion about the impact of COVID-19 on participation in higher education

Academics will discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the future of higher education in an online roundtable discussion hosted by the University of Bath on Thursday 4th June at 1pm. 

Register in advance to attend the event. 

8. The University of Glasgow lends gym equipment to NHS staff at a local hospital 

NHS staff at Glasgow Royal Infirmary have shared their appreciation for gym equipment donated by the University of Glasgow to help medical staff stay fit and relieve stress during the lockdown. 

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