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.Teesside University student donates oral hygiene kits to vulnerable people
Tamsyn McKenna, a second-year dental hygiene and dental therapy student at Teesside University, is aware of the negative impact poor oral hygiene can have on respiratory health.
Tamsyn contacted oral hygiene brands and asked if they would be willing to donate products to support vulnerable communities. The companies have donated a range of equipment which Tamsyn has donated to local care homes.
2. University of Surrey takes action to address the COVID-19 crisis
Researchers at the University of Surrey have been working over 100 projects to support the global fight against COVID-19.
Projects include an academic investigation into the importance of vitamin D to COVID-19, new guidance to provide psychological support for nursing staff and measuring the effects of lockdown measures on the outbreak.
3. Middlesex University film student publishes lockdown photography book and raises money for NHS Charities Together
First-year Middlesex University film studies student, Kai-Yan Lai, has published a book of his 14 photographs he’s taken during the lockdown.
The hardback, Distance, can be purchased on Kai-Yan’s dedicated website for £12.99 with all profits from sales being donated to NHS Charities Together.
4. Kingston University holds virtual hackathon for business studies students to help local organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic
Kingston University has teamed up with the Kingston Chamber of Commerce to hold a virtual hackathon with business students to come up with inventive ways companies can address challenges during the pandemic.
5. Minister for Universities gives a COVID-19 response update as plans are made to return – University of Cumbria
The Minister for Universities, Michelle Donelan, has shared a video update on the university responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and how universities are planning for the year ahead.
The University of Cumbria has released initial details of plans to return to campus on September 2020.
6. University of Cambridge shares new research into the effectiveness of case isolation and contact tracing
In collaboration with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), experts at the University of Cambridge have conducted a study into the effectiveness of various measures used to control the COVID-19 pandemic.
Findings of the mathematical modelling show that case isolation and contact tracing are vital to managing the virus.
7. University of Liverpool PhD students share experiences working on the frontline of COVID-19 research
Two PhD students at the University of Liverpool have shared their experiences of working in the University laboratories researching the COVID-19 virus.
Rebekah Penrice-Randal and Benjamin Jones talk about how their lives have been affected by the pandemic and how, in some ways, they haven’t, on the University’s blog.
8. University of Derby joins national self-testing study to understand the infection rate
The University of Derby has joined the REACT-2 study to help scientists better understand how many people are currently infected with COVID-19.
The results of the study will inform how the general population will be tested so the pandemic can be managed most effectively.