Here’s a round-up of some of the latest stories about UK university COVID-19 projects and initiatives shared on social media in the last 24 hours.
1. Film project to document student life in lockdown – Lancaster University
Lancaster Arts, based at the University of Lancaster, has launched a COVID-19 film project to document life on the University campus during lockdown.
Students who have lived on the campus during the COVID-19 crisis are invited to work with local artists, Jonny Randle and Josh Cannon to help them create a film using video, photos and sound recordings.
2. Leeds Beckett University offers free dementia training during the COVID-19 crisis
Health experts at the Leeds Beckett University’s Centre for Dementia Research have unveiled a new website of free training resources to help people who are caring for a person suffering from dementia during the pandemic.
The self-study training is designed to help people better understand the condition and to develop essential skills to support those with dementia.
3. University of Greenwich lecturer volunteers at NHS hospital to support COVID-19 patients
Dr Michele Birtel, a Senior Social Psychology Lecturer at the University of Greenwich, is working at St Bartholomew’s Hospital during the COVID-19 crisis.
As a volunteer, Dr Birtel greets patients and screens for COVID-19 symptoms as well as helping with hospital admin work.
4. Anglia Ruskin University students fundraise for the British Red Cross with 19-hour gaming session
Two members of Anglia Ruskin University’s Computer Games team, Baris and Holly, will stream and play the game, Destiny 2, for 19 hours to raise money for the British Red Cross.
The event is part of the Tiltify 19 for Covid-19 June Challenge and will take place on Saturday 13th June.
5. The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) uses virtual reality to help local business move to new premises during lockdown
Granite House, a Lancashire manufacturing company, has worked with DigitalPlus, a UCLan-run project to enable their planned premises move to go ahead despite the countrywide lockdown.
DigitalPlus created a 3D replica of the new premises with all the company equipment in situ. This enabled staff to experience the factory via virtual reality headsets and modify details of the layout in advance of the actual move, saving money and time.
6. Liverpool Hope University donates surplus canteen stock to local food banks
The catering team at Liverpool Hope University is making sure that supplies don’t go to waste during the lockdown.
The University has donated a large amount of its stock to food banks supported by the charity, Everton in the Community.
7. Edinburgh Napier University students complete placements in keyworker roles
As the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts studies and work placements for students across the country, three Edinburgh Napier University students have been able to continue their placements as essential keyworkers.
Working for Aldi, the Royal Mail and NHS National Services Scotland, the students are now working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis.
8. The University of Sheffield make 8,000 ear-savers for local NHS staff
Ear-savers help make wearing essential face masks for long periods more comfortable and can prevent skin irritation and sores. The University of Sheffield has produced 8,000 ear-savers for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust so far.
9. UWE Bristol graduates work on the COVID-19 frontline in NHS hospitals
Physician Associate (PA) graduates from UWE Bristol, have been working on the frontline of the NHS response to the COVID-19 crisis.
The alumni are working in various NHS settings across the country including primary care and secondary care.