Study shows lockdown prevented millions of deaths, the future of the music industry and exercise advice after a COVID-19 infection – 10th June

Deserted London Streets due to COVID-19 Lockdown

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. Imperial College London research study shows lockdown measures prevented 3.1 million deaths

A modelling study conducted by scientists at Imperial College London suggests that the lockdown measures throughout Europe have significantly reduced the number of infections and the death rate of the virus. 

The full study is available to read in the online scientific research journal, Nature.  

2. Newcastle University lecturers explore the role of social media during the COVID-19 crisis – London School of Economics (LSE) 

Newcastle University lecturers, Ronnie Das and Wasim Ahmed, are regular contributors to the LSE blog and in their latest post they discuss the role of social media during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Although social media often receives negative coverage, the post highlights some of the ways it has become an essential source of information about the COVID-19 pandemic. 

3. Joy Division and New Order bassist to join online seminar about the future of music beyond the COVID-19 crisis – University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

Peter Hook, Joy Division and New Order bassist, will join academics and musicians in an online seminar to talk about the future of the music industry following the COVID-19 crisis. 

The seminar will be streamed live at 2pm on Thursday 11th June on YouTube. 

4. Professor and industry figure discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on branding – University of East Anglia (UEA)

Robert Jones is a professor of Brand Leadership at UEA and a strategist at the brand consultancy, Wolff Olins. He shares his thoughts on long term effects of the COVID-19 crisis on the branding industry on the University blog. 

5. Liverpool John Moores University to hold final year art degree shows online 

250 graduating artists from Liverpool John Moores University will exhibit their work in virtual end of year shows. 

Adapting to the circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has created a digital platform to enable the end of year shows to go ahead online. 

6. Expert advice for exercising following a COVID-19 infection – University of Kent 

Dr John Dickinson, an expert in respiratory problems at the School of Sport and Exercise at the University of Kent, shares his advice for those who have suffered from a COVID-19 infection and are returning to exercise in a University blog post. 

7. Nottingham Trent University international student translates for people at Vietnam quarantine camp

Hai Dinh Ngo, an international business student at Nottingham Trent University, returned home to Vietnam to take a break from his studies and to visit family in March before the UK lockdown began.

He has since been helping translate for international travellers during his stay at a quarantine camp in Vietnam. 

8. Oxford Brookes University shares survey results that show public support for universities as a result of COVID-19 

A poll conducted by Public First on behalf of University Alliance shows that more than 7 in 10 people think that universities are a significant factor in the economic and social recovery of the country from the COVID-19 crisis. 

Oxford Brookes University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alistair Fitt, says that the study shows that the public recognises the importance of the support that higher education institutions are providing during the pandemic. 

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