First healthy volunteer gets COVID-19 vaccine, UK quarantine could be illegal and social distancing model to help businesses reopen – 24th 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. First healthy volunteer receives COVID-19 vaccine in trial –  Imperial College London 

The first human trials for a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Imperial College London have begun. The first healthy volunteer has received the first of two doses of the vaccine. 

Over the coming weeks, 300 volunteers participating in the trial will receive the vaccine. 

2. Lancaster University launches new social distancing way-finding model for businesses

A team from the School of Architecture at Lancaster University have developed a model that uses technology including algorithms, special design exploration processes and electronically created floorplans to help businesses apply safe social distancing measures in their unique spaces. 

The University is working with Lancaster City Council on the project. 

3. University College London (UCL) podcast explores the ‘new normal’ post-COVID-19 

The latest podcast in the series Coronavirus: The Whole Story from University College London, explores what a physically distanced world looks like as the lockdown measures are lifted. 

UCL alumna Vivienne Parry is joined by experts including Professor Nick Tyler, Chadwick Chair of Civil Engineering and Dr Gregory Thompson, Strategic Lead for Performance Creative & Applied Humanities. 

4. University of Brighton fashion graduates join forces to make face masks for bus drivers and transport staff

Dana Nicola is on furlough and Katlin Sivertsen has been made redundant as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both graduated from the University of Brighton with degrees in fashion and decided to put their skills and time to good use by making essential face masks for frontline workers. 

So far, the duo has made nearly 2,000 face masks for drivers and staff at Brighton and Hove Buses. 

5. Keele University professor argues that 14-day quarantine rule for UK arrivals is probably illegal

Yossi Nehushtan is a Professor of Law and Philosophy at Keele University, critiques the current rule for UK arrivals to quarantine for 14 days in a blog published on the University’s website. 

The 14-day quarantine policy came into force on the 8th June in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

6. University of East London student praised for contribution to COVID-19 test development 

George Doyle, a second-year BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science student, was part of a team that developed the COVID-19 diagnostic test used for patients at the Barts Health NHS Trust.

You can read more about George’s work on the University’s blog. 

7. Loughborough University alumnus and Olympian launch hand sanitiser and face masks

Loughbrough University alumnus, former Olympian swimmer and Brand Director of pool apparel company, Swimzi, Liam Tancock has been working with scientists to produce an alcohol-free hand sanitiser.

In addition, Swimzi has also created face masks tailored to match other swimwear, in the hopes of getting swimmers back into pools as soon as possible. 

Recents tweets