UK universities leading global efforts to fight COVID-19
The outbreak of COVID-19 has changed the way that we all work, study and even function in our day-to-day lives.There remains a lot of uncertainty about how life will change over the next few months.
Amongst all of this uncertainty, we are also aware of the amazing efforts of our front line and the NHS staff that go above and beyond behind the scenes. In addition, there are also many universities across the UK who have also been directing their faculty, research and students towards contributing globally in the fight against Covid-19.
We’ve rounded up some of the incredible efforts across UK Higher Education institutions that are leading this charge.
The University of Sheffield
The virology team at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and scientists at Sheffield University have already created key sequence data that will provide key information about COVID-19 to track the spread and evolution of the infection. The team is set to sequence more samples in days to come.
Dr Thushan de Silva, who is leading the research, said: "Collecting and sharing standardised global clinical data and samples on patients infected with coronavirus is a critical process in how the health research community can contribute to our understanding outbreaks of new infectious diseases."
Researchers from University of Oxford’s engineering science department and the Oxford Suzhou Centre for Advanced Research have come together to develop a rapid testing method for COVID-19.
Twenty-four final year medical students at Oxford University have volunteered themselves to join the NHS in the effort to fight Covid-19.
University of Cambridge
A team of researchers at the University of Cambridge are working towards developing a vaccine against COVID-19.
Prof Heeney from the University of Cambridge said: "Our vaccine designs are made so that they can be easily integrated into any proprietary vaccine platform that a pharmaceutical company may have ready."
Kings College London
Kings College has launched a new app which tracks symptoms related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), allowing anyone to self-report daily. The free app has been developed as a partnership between researchers at Kings and the health data science company ZOE.
Nottingham Trent University and Schools of Medicine and Life Sciences at the University of Nottingham
Universities in Nottingham have supplied 16 machines to support the national effort in the fight against COVID-19. 13 of the machines are from the Schools of Medicine and Life Sciences at the University of Nottingham, and three are from Nottingham Trent University.
The machines have a total value of £1 million and can together perform an estimated 20,000 tests a day.
In addition to this, over 600 medical students have also volunteered to help out at local hospitals to support NHS staff and researchers in the fight against COVID-19
Imperial College has created a Coronavirus model that has a huge impact on public policy since its results were shared with British and American officials.
The study that Imperial College has created details the transmission of the virus through the UK and US population and the strain that it has placed on health systems, or the limited effectiveness of individual measures to check its progression.
The inspiring efforts from these researchers, scientists and experts within their fields in the UK higher education sector deserve a huge amount of public recognition. We would like to thank them for their commitment and focus on the fight against COVID-19 and securing our future.