The role of scientists in the COVID-19 crisis, student sets up a charity for local BAME community and sewage helps predict virus outbreaks – 23rd 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. The University of Cambridge explores the impact of COVID-19 on EU nationals 

Professor Catherine Barnard and Fiona Costello at the University of Cambridge share the impact the COVID-19 crisis is having on the people with a status of ‘no recourse to public funds’ (NRPF). 

Unable to access hardship funds and state benefits, many people have been struggling to make ends meet. 

2. University of Manchester call out for survey submissions for study into relationships in lockdown

In collaboration with the University of Nottingham, London Metropolitan University and the University of East Anglia, the University of Manchester is conducting a study to find out how the lockdown is impacting people’s relationships in lockdown. 

You can take part in the survey on the University’s website until Wednesday 15th August. 

3. Brunel University London supports the national effort in the fight against COVID-19

Brunel University London shares the efforts of staff, students and alumni to help combat the COVID-19 virus. 

As well as staff returning to the NHS frontline and volunteers are making PPE for healthcare workers, Brunel experts are sharing their expert knowledge. 

4. University of Bath to host webinar discussing the economic and business impacts of COVID-19

As part of the Minerva Lecture series, the University of Bath will host a webinar called, Making Sense of the Coronavirus Crisis: Economic and Business Impacts


A panel of experts from the University will address four key topics: the social and political effects of the virus, the science of the virus, the health and wellbeing impacts and the economic and business impacts. 

The webinar will be hosted on Microsoft Teams on Friday 26th June at 2pm – 3pm. 

5. University of East Anglia (UEA) to stream online lecture in the role scientists in the fight against COVID-19

Professor Paul Hunter, an infectious disease expert from the Faculty of Medicine at the UEA, will be delivering an online lecture, COVID-19: When experts disagree, reviewing the impact of ‘fake news’ on our response to COVID-19.

Book online to attend the virtual lecture on Thursday 25th June at 6.30pm.

6. Keele University student shares her experiences of volunteering during the COVID-19 crisis

Erin Sohnrey is a first-year student at Keele University studying Human Resource Management and International Business. During the COVID-19 crisis, she has been working on the frontline in the NHS. 

A regular St John’s Ambulance volunteer, Erin also trained to help patients at Royal Stoke University Hospital. She shares her experiences of working on the University’s blog. 

7. University of Northampton student starts a food donation charity during lockdown for local BAME community

Nancy Tsvara, a student on the MA in Social Work at the University of Northampton, created a food donation charity when she noticed older members of the local BAME community struggling to buy traditional foods. 

Nancy has coordinated a team of 13 volunteers who helped liaise with food manufacturers to donate traditional foods. 

8. Cardiff University launch pilot project to monitor COVID-19 levels in sewage in Wales 

In collaboration with Bangor University, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water and Public Health Wales, the University of Cardiff will study samples of wastewater across Wales to help monitor the spread of COVID-19.

The information could also help scientists predict new peaks of infection.

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