The coronavirus pandemic has caused upheaval and uncertainty in our lives. But it's times like these when the extraordinary happens and heroes emerge. We’re proud to say that the ARU community has joined together in the battle against COVID-19.
What we've been doing
- Our staff are involved in work to speed up coronavirus testing, and to raise public awareness of the virus around the world.
- Researchers from ARU are also leading projects to explore the effects of self-isolation, and offering insights into ways to boost our health and wellbeing.
- We're now starting to return to campus, but in March 2020 teaching moved online and our students did a brilliant job of adapting. One of our students even published a book. The Day the Lines Changed is written and illustrated by Kelley Donner, MA Illustration and Book Arts student, and aims to explain coronavirus and social distancing to children.
- More than 400 nursing and midwifery students are working on the NHS front line, including recent graduates and final-year students who are undertaking extended placements.
- Our people are volunteering for the NHS, sewing scrubs and using 3D printers to create protective face masks and shields. We also had staff helping to build the Nightingale Hospital in London.
- As well as volunteering, many ARU staff have answered the call from the Government to return to practice to assist the NHS in areas such as nursing, physiotherapy, and operating department practice. Health and social care students have also been called up to help in the battle against the coronavirus and to support vulnerable people.
- We’ve supplied medical and personal protective equipment (PPE) to the NHS and to local care homes.
- University equipment is being put to good use: we've lent a specialist Tecan robotic machine to the Government to help increase the UK's testing capacity.
- During lockdown, essential staff stayed on campus to support students in accommodation, with a buddy scheme in operation.
- With social distancing affecting many face-to-face services, our Law Clinic has moved online and is continuing to offer free legal advice to people in need.
- Our student services remain available, with study support, library services and health and wellbeing appointments offered online.
- While campuses were closed, we donated food from our cafes to charities and food banks in Cambridge and Chelmsford.
- Research projects such as the music therapy initiative Together in Sound for people living with dementia, have been continuing to run online. We're also inviting our community to get involved in new projects, such as RadioMe.
Share your experiences
To support each other, we're running Tuesday Check-in Chats on Twitter with topics so far including wellbeing, and studying or working on your own. Look for the hashtag #ARUChat.
We've also created a social media wall which is gathering inspiring stories from across the ARU community. Want to share your story, or highlight someone else's contributions? Just use the hashtag #ARUHeroes in your post.
Whatever you're doing – whether you’re a key worker or helping by staying at home – you're all #ARUHeroes.