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Supporting our communities through COVID-19

(11 May 2020)

From the Botanic Garden

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

Supporting connecting with nature

A photo blog from our beautiful Botanic Garden is available to help you continue connecting with nature while in lockdown.

The Garden is a 24-acre beauty spot on the outskirts of Durham. Like all of our museums and attractions, it is closed until further notice due to the pandemic.

However, Head Gardener Mike Hughes is posting new photos each day, plus notes on the plants and flowers he sees.

Supporting continued learning

The blog is one of a number of ways we are helping people to keep learning during the lockdown.

We are also offering free learning resources inspired by our museums and collections through our Museum From Home web pages and planning an online theatre festival titled Onstage: Online for June.

Plus, medieval history Professor Giles Gasper has launched a podcast exploring how countries have responded to crises and disasters through history.

Supporting health services

We’re also continuing to support local health services. We’ve recently donated iPads to Durham’s hospital and returned an oxygen cylinder that we’re not currently using so it can be used in the National Health Service (NHS).

Engineering technician Amy Tate designed an adjustable clip to make face masks more comfortable, and it’s now being used by some ambulance staff.

Plus, St John’s College was lit up blue for an evening, in gratitude to health workers.

Supporting charities and good causes

Outside of their studies and work, our students and staff are raising thousands of pounds for charities that are supporting individuals and communities through COVID-19.

Our student Netball Club challenge to run 1,407km – the length of Great Britain – was completed in six days and has raised nearly £4,000 for NHS Charities Together.

And a Tennis Club fundraiser to run 1,000km – the distance from Durham to Wimbledon, the home of tennis in England, and back – has raised nearly £2,000, which will be split between the NHS charity and Durham Foodbank.

Finally, Grey College’s “Greyt Race”, which saw students run 1,000km, has raised nearly £2,000 for the Albert Kennedy Trust, which supports homeless LGBTQ+ young people.

More information
Visit our COVID-19 web pages
Read previous updates from April 28, April 15 and March 31