Since the news of COVID-19 broke, UEA has played a leading role in responding to the crisis.
Experts from across UEA have been pivotal in advising key national and global health bodies, carrying out research to understand the virus, developing new diagnostic tests and supplying the NHS with vital equipment.
We have had calls and emails from supporters asking what they can do to help in response to the pandemic so we have launched our COVID-19 Appeal. There are three key areas where your support will make a rapid and critical impact:
Researchers across UEA are working hard in response to COVID-19 - developing ways to deal with the most pressing issues we currently face and also looking at the longer term implications of the pandemic.
Dr Stuart Rushworth is working in support of the NHS to produce coronavirus tests and expand testing capacity for staff and patients in hospitals, care homes and GP practices. His team are also developing a new test that can detect infectious virus which will allow frontline staff to return to work to support essential services much sooner.
Prof Paul Hunter, Professor in Medicine at UEA, is an expert in infectious diseases and member of two World Health Organisation (WHO) committees advising on the global response to the pandemic. Prof Hunter’s new research is now focusing on the social and economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr Hannah Hoechner is a Lecturer in Education and International Development in the School of International Development at UEA. Hannah’s latest research seeks to document experiences of the COVID-19 outbreak in northern Nigeria to help inform the policy response there and in other contexts where trust in state institutions and global public health coalitions is historically low.
Dr Justin O’Grady, research group leader at the donor-supported Quadram Institute is working on developing a portable test kit for COVID-19.
COVID-19 student hardship fund
UEA supports a hardship fund for students who encounter financial difficulty, which operates year round.
Since the closure of businesses around Norwich, many students have lost their part-time jobs and are struggling financially. As a result, we are now seeing a rapid rise in requests to Student Services for urgent financial aid.
As part of our response to COVID-19, we have introduced a dedicated hardship fund for those who have been affected financially by Coronavirus.
If you are a student looking to get support from the fund, find out more here.
Supporting the Communnity
In response to crisis we have also put our campus resources to use. Vacant halls of residence have been made available to local NHS workers as temporary accommodation, and NHS essential workers are being supported through day-care in our closed Sportspark too.
Fifth-year UEA medical students are working on the frontline in hospitals, others have volunteered as child-minders for NHS workers in their homes. And our wonderful student nurses have taken on additional hospital placements, offering vital emergency support.
Creating vital supplies
Technicians in our donor-supported New Science Building are hard at work creating hand sanitiser gel for our NHS partners and local charities but they urgently need supplies of ethanol and storage bottles. Get in touch at email@example.com to support this vital project.