Impact of COVID-19 on refugees, relationships, and what AIDS has taught us about pandemic responses – 17th June

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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. Imperial College London researchers begin human trials of a COVID-19 vaccine

Researchers at Imperial College London have been provided with £41million to develop and trial a vaccine for COVID-19. 

In the first human trial of the vaccine, 300 participants will be given two doses of the drug in the coming weeks. 

2. University of Cambridge experts discuss real and perceived risks of COVID-19

Science Director at the Science Museum Group, Roger Hickman, discusses the real and perceived risks of COVID-19 with University of Cambridge experts, social psychologist, Sander van der Linden and statistician, David Spiegelhalter.

Read the full discussion on the Science Museum Group website. 

3. King’s College London lecturer explains how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting refugee populations

In a special edition of King’s College London video series, Spotlight on COVID, Dr Leonie Ansems de Vries, Lecturer in International Relations at, discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable refugee populations. 

3. University of East Anglia (UEA) collaborates to investigate the impact of lockdown on relationships and routines

Researchers at UEA have teamed up with experts from the University of Manchester, the University of Nottingham and London Metropolitan University to launch a study exploring the effects of the lockdown on personal relationships. 

The Universities have devised an online questionnaire which is open to submissions up until the 15th August.

4. University of Kent researcher explores why Ashford is a COVID-19 hotspot

Ashford in Kent has a rate of over 600 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population. Surrounding areas such as Sevenoaks and Tonbridge have much lower rates of infection, around 200 cases per 100,000.

Dr Lindsay Forbes Senior Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Kent’s Centre for Health Services Studies explores the causes of Ashford’s high-rate of infection on the University’s blog.

5. Anglia Ruskin University appeals for lockdown experiences to be submitted to a digital archive

A team of researchers at Anglia Ruskin University are asking for people to submit their experiences of lockdown to a dedicated website. 

The team hope to capture a range of experiences in various mediums to feature in the online archive, inform research papers and, potentially, a documentary about life during the lockdown period. 

6. Keele University explore how to make a COVID-19 vaccine accessible to all

Dr Mark Eccleston-Turner, from the Keele University’s School of Law, has received funding for a study to investigate how a COVID-19 vaccine can be distributed equitably in the context of international law.  

The findings of the study will inform how the World Health Organisation and governments worldwide will design a model to ensure universal access to the vaccine.

7. University of Bath to hold an online discussion about what the AIDS pandemic has taught society about the COVID-19 crisis

In collaboration with the Centre for Death and Society (CDAS), the University of Bath is holding an online event exploring how the HIV/AIDS pandemic has informed the current COVID-19 social policy.

Register in advance to attend the event on Thursday 25th June at 2pm.  

8. Lancaster University researcher team fundraising for Amazonian communities

Dr Erika Berenguer, a Senior Research Associate at Lancaster University has joined a team of researchers to support communities five regions in the Amazon cope with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The team is hoping to raise £20,000 to help the region prevent any more infections. 

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