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. Scientists identify an area for COVID-19 vaccine development – University of Manchester
Scientists at the University of Manchester conducted a small scale study and identified parts of the COVID-19 virus that can activate an immune response.
The findings could be used to help inform the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.
2. University of Cambridge researchers find rapid COVID-19 tests are critical for hospitals
A study by a team of University of Cambridge researchers at Addenbrooke’s Hospital found that a rapid COVID-19 test increased the rate at which patients either received treatment or were discharged from hospital.
The rapid tests were carried out with a SAMBA II device developed by Diagnostics in the Real World, a University of Cambridge spinout company.
3. £1 million to fund crucial COVID-19 projects – Imperial College London
In partnership with Community Jameel, Imperial College London have created the £1 million COVID-19 Excellence Fund.
The fund will be used to provide financial support to major COVID-19 research projects that will help develop understanding, prevention and diagnosis of the virus.
4. Newcastle University host online event to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on businesses in the North East of England.
Today, Thursday 4th June at 2pm, Newcastle University will be hosting an online discussion panel to talk about how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting businesses in the North East of England.
The panel includes speakers from the NHS Business Services Authority and Accenture. Register online in advance to attend the event for free.
5. Queen Mary University of London provides meals to vulnerable people in the local community
Queen Mary University of London is working with Haggerston Mutual Aid to provide meals for vulnerable people in the local community including charities and homeless people.
The catering team at the University are currently producing 150 meals each day, five days a week.
6. Visually-impaired student shares his experience of life during COVID-19 – Liverpool Hope University
David Parfett is in his first year of Applied Social Science and Disability Studies at Liverpool Hope University.
He shares his experiences as a visually impaired person of navigating supermarket one-way systems and fears of queue-jumping during the pandemic in a University blog post.
7. Experts seconded to deliver intensive care staff training during COVID-19 – St George’s University of London and Kingston University
Nursing experts from St George’s University of London and Kingston University have been enlisted to deliver essential intensive care training to frontline NHS staff.
The training will help the NHS meet the increased demand for critical care staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.
8. University of Aberdeen experts use data and artificial intelligence to inform government policy
The University of Aberdeen has been using data and artificial intelligence to advise policymakers about COVID-19.
Projects include using data to show the spread of COVID-19 in Scotland and using mathematical modelling to better understand how to prevent asymptomatic people from spreading the virus.