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Stepping up our efforts in the COVID-19 fightback

(15 April 2020)

An Engineering technician making visors

The ongoing coronavirus outbreak continues to mean huge changes for us as a University, but as well adapting how we teach, study and work, we are increasingly contributing to the local, national and international effort against the pandemic.

For example, we are accommodating ‘critical workers’, who would otherwise be unable to commute due to their shift patterns or the distances involved, in our Colleges.

And our experts are offering advice on topics including how to avoid falling victim to a scam during COVID-19 and how businesses can adapt to the radically different economic environment created by the outbreak.

Supporting health services

We are very grateful to health workers, in the UK and internationally, for their work tackling the pandemic.

To assist them, some of our bioscientists are helping with coronavirus testing at a local hospital and some of our technicians are making personal protective equipment for health workers.

We have also loaned five qPCR machines to local hospitals to speed up virus testing.

Supporting health and well-being

We are also concerned for the health and well-being of our staff, students and others. Much advice on how to take care of yourself is available via our website.

Adriana Salazar-Mendez, who works in our IT department, is offering free virtual dance fitness classes via Facebook.

Lisa Opala, who is training to be a Church of England priest at Cranmer Hall, St John’s College, is pioneering “telechaplaincy” at a local hospital. As well as safely providing in-person support for Anglican patients, Lisa is connecting patients of other faiths with their chaplain virtually via her smartphone.

Stay safe, stay in touch

We know this is a concerning time for many of us. We wish everyone good health. Please stay safe and stay in touch.

Related links
Visit our Covid-19 web pages
Find out more about how we’re supporting others
Don’t get scammed during Covid-19
Five ways to well-being
Sign up for Adriana’s virtual dance fitness classes