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Durham University

University and City: Growing together

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How we are joining the COVID-19 fightback

(31 March 2020)

Coronavirus has meant huge changes for us as a University, but as well as adapting how we teach, study and work, we’re also working locally, nationally and internationally to combat the pandemic.

Supporting the vulnerable

Two students, a staff member and a local member of our Community Engagement Task Force set up the Durham City Mutual Aid Facebook group, which now has over 800 members.

Tyla Danskin, a Physics undergraduate at St Aidan’s College, said she felt students owed it to the local community to support where possible. She hopes the group will also help build community spirit, long after the coronavirus crisis has passed.

Before the lockdown restrictions began, we donated food that would have otherwise been wasted to the East Durham Trust, which helps people facing financial difficulties.

The Trust’s Chief Executive said it had been a welcome boost, both practically and to morale.

Supporting key workers and services

We’re really grateful for the efforts of our key workers, including health workers and police.

Some of our experts are helping hospitals analyse patient data, so that they can identify and treat patients at risk more quickly and effectively.

We also donated aprons, masks and other equipment that we could no longer use to our local hospital, and have made some of our car parking available to the police.

Supporting businesses and families

We’re aware that through our students, staff and as a major employer in North East England, we play a big part in the local economy.

To help local businesses in these tough times, we’re working with others to enable our students to shop locally, even while in lockdown.

And we’re also doing what we can to help families while schools are closed. For example, our Team Durham Holiday Camps staff are posting tips for entertaining children at home on their Facebook page.

Help us to help more

If you have suggestions as to how we can help further, please get in touch.

Related links
Visit our COVID-19 web pages for the latest information and updates
Follow us on Twitter and Facebook
Join the Durham City Mutual Aid Facebook group
Visit our Team Durham Holiday Camps Facebook page