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Durham University

Research & business

Our research response to the Covid-19 pandemic


We conduct boundary-breaking research that improves lives across the world. Here’s how we’re applying that research to help people combat the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and help chart the route to recovery.


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Supporting businesses through Covid-19 and beyond

(8 June 2020)

We’re continuing to support the local economy in uncertain times through our student and academic research expertise.

Innovative internships

A flexible and creative approach is helping our students to provide a vital resource to businesses through our internship programme, which is now being run virtually.

Third year Marketing and Management student, Cameron Saddler, has been working with food company, Hides Fine Foods, to support their business development, from redesigning the company’s website to building a customer relationship management system.

Although he can’t be with the business face-to-face, Cameron’s virtual internship means he can continue to support Hides and provide his knowledge and expertise.

Road to recovery

As we move towards the easing of lockdown, helping local businesses recover from the impact of the pandemic is crucial.

That’s why we’re working with the North East Chamber of Commerce to team businesses up with our Finance, Accounting and Management masters students.

Students are providing free, confidential support on aspects of finance and business planning to help businesses prepare for the coming months.

Forward thinking

Although the future is uncertain, we remain firmly committed to continuing to support our region’s economy and encouraging new business start-ups.

Looking towards the future, in 2021 we’ll be bringing early-stage businesses together with our expert researchers as part of a £1.4m project to develop a university enterprise zone.

Our enterprise zone, one of 20 in England, will house business accommodation with lab space, hot desks and meeting facilities co-located within one of our research institutes.

The zone will help us to support local economic growth and harness a culture of innovation across the region, with the aim of creating more jobs.

Long term partnerships

With partnerships on our doorstep with companies such as Northumbrian Water through to global businesses like IBM and Procter and Gamble, working collaboratively helps us to make sure our research positively impacts Durham and beyond.

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