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We’re helping in the fight against COVID-19 

During these unprecedented times, our University is more committed than ever to supporting our communities, both in the UK and internationally. Our researchers, staff, students and alumni are working with national and local government, hospitals and across communities – here are some of the ways our University community is helping in the fight against COVID-19. 

We’re part of a national consortium to sequence COVID-19

On 23 March, the UK Government and Chief Scientific Adviser backed the UK’s leading clinicians and scientists, including a team from Nottingham, to map how COVID-19 spreads and behaves by using whole genome sequencing. Through a £20 million investment, the consortium will look for breakthroughs that help the UK respond to this and future pandemics and save lives. 

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We’re helping to enable more tests for COVID-19

Nottingham has supplied 13 machines to support the national effort in the fight against COVID-19. The machines, from the University of Nottingham’s five UK campuses, are usually used by our researchers. Together, they can perform an estimated 20,000 tests a day. 

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We’ve started a new clinical research study to find a way to defeat the disease

We’ve started a new clinical research study to find a way to defeat the diseaseResearchers at Nottingham University Hospitals and the University of Nottingham have started a new clinical research study to find ways to defeat the disease. The new study, led by the University of Oxford, is to investigate whether drug treatments for other conditions can help treat patients with COVID-19. 

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We’re helping to support the NHS on the ground 

More than 600 students from our School of Medicine have volunteered to help local hospitals and support NHS staff and researchers in response to requests from the UK Government. 

As a University, we have also delivered key supplies to Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH), made building space available for storage and training, prepared the Jubilee Conference Centre and Cripps Hall so they are ready to house NHS workers, and provided free parking spaces for NUH staff on University Park and Jubilee campuses to enable workers to carry out essential frontline services. 

Nottingham voices at the forefront

Director-General of the World Health Organization, and University of Nottingham alumnus, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (PhD Public Health Medicine, 2000) has been leading the global response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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At the University, we have a wealth of expertise covering research areas associated with COVID-19, from virology and epidemiology to the economic impact on businesses to the impact on our mental health of social isolation and distancing. 

Our experts have been providing advice and commentary in the news during the crisis, in particular Professor Jonathan Ball, a specialist in molecular virology whose research covers emerging viruses and viral vaccines and treatments. Since the start of the outbreak, Professor Ball has ensured accurate and useful information is communicated in the media, most recently in The Guardian considering the impact of the virus on children. 


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Follow the latest news and updates about the University’s research response to the coronavirus on our dedicated COVID-19 pages. 

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Tell us how you are helping fight the pandemic 

Do you work in the NHS or as a medical care provider? Are you supporting your local community, or helping out in other ways?

Share your stories with us by emailing our team


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