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. Keele University professor secures research funding to help societies respond to mass emergencies
A team of researchers including Keele University’s Professor Clifford Stott have secured funding of £1.5 million for two major research projects.
The projects will help authorities respond most effectively to national crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
2. The University of Cambridge reports striking differences between death rates in England intensive care units
A team of researchers from the University of Cambridge led by Professor Mihaela van der Schaar and intensive care consultant Dr Ari Ercole of the Cambridge Centre for AI in Medicine has revealed a striking discrepancy between death rates across intensive care units in England.
The team discovered that the NHS Trust intensive care unit that a COVID-19 patient was treated in was an important factor in assessing their risk of death.
3. Study finds that herd immunity has not been achieved – Imperial College London and University of Oxford
Although there has been a decline in the number of COVID-19 cases, an analysis by Imperial College and the University of Oxford has found no evidence that this is a result of herd immunity.
Herd immunity is achieved when a large proportion of the population is protected from infection as a result of a previous infection, other natural means or vaccination.
4. Sheffield Hallam University launches to a unit to help COVID-19 patients recover and rehabilitate
A research and innovation unit will be set up at Sheffield Hallam University Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre and aims to provide support to the healthcare services that are working with COVID-19 patients.
The unit will address the challenge of helping the country recover from the pandemic and supporting the long-term health and wellbeing of the population.
5. University of Manchester helps develop a tool to calculate the risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19
In collaboration with 150 experts from 35 countries, the University of Manchester has helped to develop an online tool that calculates the risk of contracting COVID-19.
By answering a series of behavioural questions the tool assesses your level of risk of contracting the virus and also how likely it is that you will spread it to others.
6. Northumbria University collaborative study shows student food insecurity due to COVID-19 crisis
Northumbria University contributed to a collaborative study of UK and USA universities which surveyed students on their levels of food insecurity over one month.
The results showed that four in ten students were worried about running out of food due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
7. Senior lecturer discusses political protests in the time of COVID-19 – The Open University
Dr Philip Seargeant, Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at The Open University and co-creator of the film The Language of Protests shares his thoughts on political demonstrations during the COVID-19 pandemic on the University website.
8. Research reveals a link between COVID-19 deaths and cardiovascular diseases – University of Bristol
As people with heart and circulatory diseases are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 British Heart Foundation (BHF) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) have announced six projects to study the effects of COVID-19 on the heart and circulatory system.
Researchers from across the country including the University of Bristol will use a range of data from hospitals as well as high-tech imaging and artificial intelligence to carry out the projects.
9. University of Sheffield professors discuss what the COVID-19 pandemic tells us about our food systems
Professor Peter Jackson and Professor Duncan Cameron, Directors of the Institute for Sustainable Food at the University of Sheffield share their thoughts on what the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed about our ‘broken’ food system.