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 two key areas where your support will make a rapid and critical impact:

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.  

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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.  Our researchers' work includes:

Prof Bill Fraser, Head of Norwich Medical School, is working with a team of scientists and clinicians developing a COVID-19 antibody test.

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 Justin O’Grady, research group leader at the donor-supported Quadram Institute is working on developing a portable test kit for COVID-19.

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The Development Office is operating remotely. If you’d like to discuss your support, please get in touch at or call us on +44 (0)7342 056 328.