Research in the Faculty of Science & Technology

Our COVID-19 research

In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic that threatens the physical and mental wellbeing of everyone in society. The ARU research community has rapidly responded by committing to world leading research, to understand, and develop interventions to address, the significant detrimental impact this pandemic is having on the communities we serve.

We are leading research which involves a range of world-leading experts from across the globe to ensure our research has an impact locally, nationally and internationally. The interdiscipinary ARU COVID-19 Research Group consists of 36 academic members from across multiple faculties and is being led by Dr Lee Smith, Reader in Physical Activity and Public Health.

You can find out more about our latest findings below. For enquiries relating to our COVID-19 research, please email

Vitamin D linked to low coronavirus death rate

Research finds relationship in data from 20 European countries

ARU scientists testing drug combinations to reduce COVID-19 complications

Study investigates sexual activity in lockdown

Contribute your frontline story

Help our Vision and Eye Research Institute (VERI) with their research

Take surveys about video consultations and the effects of COVID-19 on diabetes and eyesight

Take part in our self-isolation research

Professor aims to speed up virus testing

COVID-19 research from the Positive Ageing Research Institute (PARI)

Recording and exploring the experiences of older and vulnerable people

How to improve your mental health