Coronavirus News

Medical students

Find out how our UCLan community, students, researchers and experts are responding to the global pandemic through a University-wide effort to help fight Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Students on the Frontline


Around 20 final year medical students and more than 300 final year nursing students could soon be working on the frontline during these unprecedented times of a global pandemic after the Government and their regulatory bodies appealed for help.

PPE donation


PPE from across UCLan has been gathered and in discussions with the Lancashire Resilience Forum, as well as partner NHS trusts, has been donated to appropriate sites.

Providing much needed Equipment


UCLan has provided a much-needed ventilator from UCLan Clinical Skills Laboratory to help the COVID-19 effort

Engineering Innovation


UCLan has used its world-class School of Engineering facilities and staff to help design, manufacture and 3D print much needed pieces of personal protective and technical equipment, such as facial visors and breathing mask components.

Specialist Staff Volunteers


Specialist members of UCLan staff have volunteered their services to clinical, laboratory or pharmacy settings within the NHS. These include microbiologists, pharmacists, molecular biologists, doctors in emergency medicine and physician associates.

Key Research


UCLan academics helped to carry out the first global analysis of existing scientific studies related to COVID-19 and newborn babies, which highlighted that it is uncommon for babies aged up to four weeks old to become infected with the virus.

NEWS & RESEARCH

Newborn babies and Covid-19 (Image)

Newborn babies and Covid-19

New research suggests that likelihood of newborn babies catching COVID-19 is low. Read more.

New research suggests that likelihood of newborn babies catching COVID-19 is low. Read more.

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Books offer a distraction

Sales of books and audiobooks have risen during the Coronavirus outbreak, with members of the public looking for an escape from the rising death toll coming from television and radio broadcasts. Read more.

Sales of books and audiobooks have risen during the Coronavirus outbreak, with members of the public looking for an escape from the rising death toll coming from television and radio broadcasts. Read more.

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Help for vulnerable families

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is working with local community groups and charities to help them get vital support to vulnerable families during the Coronavirus pandemic. Read More.

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is working with local community groups and charities to help them get vital support to vulnerable families during the Coronavirus pandemic. Read More.

UCLan creates hand sanitiser (Image)

UCLan creates hand sanitiser

Specialist technicians at UCLan are utilising their skills to create much needed hand sanitiser to help fight the spread of coronavirus. Read more.

Specialist technicians at UCLan are utilising their skills to create much needed hand sanitiser to help fight the spread of coronavirus. Read more.

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Free webinar series

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has unveiled a free webinar series which aims to help businesses and organisations across the region and nationally to recover and thrive post Covid-19. Read more.

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has unveiled a free webinar series which aims to help businesses and organisations across the region and nationally to recover and thrive post Covid-19. Read more.

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Helping to ease loneliness

UCLan has teamed up with Age UK to look at developing online digital programmes to help vulnerable residents cope with isolation during the Coronavirus crisis. Read more.

UCLan has teamed up with Age UK to look at developing online digital programmes to help vulnerable residents cope with isolation during the Coronavirus crisis. Read more.

News and Research Archive

Psychological Support Hub
7 May

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has launched a new online Psychological Support Hub to provide vital assistance for frontline workers tackling the Coronavirus pandemic.

Campaign to rebuild Britain
29 April
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has today endorsed a national campaign for the Government’s consideration to protect and support key public service provision at universities post Covid-19.

Children are not Being Heard
29 April

New research carried out  in Europe shows that children are consistently reporting difficulties related to COVID-19, including mental health and wellbeing problems. 

Isolation Gowns for NHS
28 April

A small team of fashion and design experts from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have swapped catwalk creations for more practical apparel by producing sought-after isolation gowns for Blackpool Victoria Hospital (BVH).

UCLan Students Help NHS
20 April

More than 100 University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) students and staff are to provide vital support to front line NHS ambulance and emergency care centre services in the fight against Covid-19. 

International Collaboration
17 April

UCLan undergraduates and postgraduates collaborate with their American and Chinese counterparts for coronavirus project.

Live-Saving Equipment
15 April

Two UCLan engineering lecturers have teamed up to make potentially life-saving equipment for coronavirus patients from their homes.

Positive Growth
7 April

Due to the unprecedented global situation, Lowri Dowthwaite has written an article explaining how this feeling of togetherness could lead to positive changes for the future. 

Effort to Help Fight Virus
1 April

UCLan students and staff are heading to the frontline while specialist and personal protective equipment is being designed for the NHS. 

How to Avoid Cabin Fever
27 March

UCLan's Dr Sarita Robinson is an expert in survival psychology. In light of the current coronavirus self-isolation situation, she has written an article explaining how to avoid cabin fever.  

BUSINESS NEWS

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Cyber security & Covid-19

In the midst of the outbreak of COVID-19, another risk has emerged – a rise in the number of cyber attacks and scams targeting businesses and individuals alike. Read more.

In the midst of the outbreak of COVID-19, another risk has emerged – a rise in the number of cyber attacks and scams targeting businesses and individuals alike. Read more.

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Gender parity: construction

Dr Jenni Barrett from (UCLan, says the influx of home working now taking place as a result of the pandemic could allow more women to enter the sector, ending the current gender imbalance. Read more.

Dr Jenni Barrett from (UCLan, says the influx of home working now taking place as a result of the pandemic could allow more women to enter the sector, ending the current gender imbalance. Read more.

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Business health check

A leading marketing specialist from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is offering an online health check for businesses during the coronavirus lockdown. Read more.

A leading marketing specialist from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is offering an online health check for businesses during the coronavirus lockdown. Read more.

Student Stories

Lenny Johnrose

Students change angle of attack when hit by COVID-19 restrictions

Two University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) students have not allowed the coronavirus restrictions to signal the end of their sports journalism project.
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Road with 'Thank you NHS' painted on

Being a Student Nurse during COVID-19

When WHO declared COVID-19 as a global pandemic on the 11th March 2020, I was on a long day working on my third placement.
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Two dogs in a field

My experience of Coronavirus lockdown


As of me writing this blog, I’ve been in lockdown for 8 days and I’ve gone through many feelings, mainly boredom and frustration, which I’m sure many people can relate to.
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Laptop and notepad on desk

Studying online whilst social distancing

Being a lab based researcher does entail most work must be done in the lab but due to social distancing studying at home is the only option.
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Alumni

Paul Jebb

Paul Jebb
Finding the New Normal

Adapting to changing situations is nothing new in the NHS or indeed across the nursing profession, but when the world is faced with a pandemic we have to adapt and change extremely quickly, professionally and personally.

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Abbie Tutt

Abbie Tutt
Coronavirus Study and Welfare Advice

We were withdrawn from University placements in the middle of March at Warwick Medical School, which is where I went after UCLan to complete my medical training.

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Expert Insights

Coronavirus: distancing and handwashing could also lower flu rates

In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, many countries around the world have implemented protective strategies. These include quarantine and social distancing, school closures, and closing restaurants and other public places. Governments have also advised people to take greater measures to protect themselves from contracting the disease, including washing hands and wearing face masks.

Harmony Otete OmeifePamela Eccles
Lecturer,
University of Central Lancashire


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How colour and creativity are helping people cope during the coronavirus outbreak

Rainbows have long been associated as a symbol of good luck, hope and motivation, so what better symbol for children to focus on during this time.

It’s a primary shape too, often children are drawn to the array of colours associated with them, and let’s not forget, as we all know, there is a pot of gold at the end of them!

Pam EcclesPamela Eccles
Senior Lecturer in Interior Design,
University of Central Lancashire


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Coronavirus aftermath: how do communities recover
 

From singing on balconies, to online choirs, communities have come together – often through the use of social media groups – to support others around them in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Suzanne WilsonSuzanne Wilson.
Research Fellow in Social Inclusion and Community Engagement,
University of Central Lancashire


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Coronavirus: could government face legal questions over the death of NHS workers during PPE shortage?

Across the UK, the bereaved families of healthcare professionals are asking why their loved ones were sent to the medical front line without the personal protective equipment they need to protect themselves from COVID-19.

Rachel Nir Rachel Nir
Reader in Law,
University of Central Lancashire


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