Welsh unis
09/04/2020

Welsh universities support the local and national response

Through the long-running Civic Mission programme, Wales' universities are using their expertise, experience and resources to support local and national responses during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

By providing training opportunities, equipment and skills opportunities, Welsh universities are contributing to national efforts to support the National Health Service (NHS) and local communities. Specific examples from the universities include:

  • A testing centre has been set up at Cardiff Metropolitan University in collaboration with the Welsh Blood Service, where two specialist machines have been loaned to help with the testing of COVID-19.
  • Swansea University's clinincal skills training suite and clinical skills lab at Morriston Hospital have been made available to the NHS, while 3D printing facilities are being used to generate ventilator components. Midwifery and paramedic students from the university have also joined the frontline in treating the pandemic. 
  • Aberytswyth University and Cardiff University are providing space for local health boards to increase their case handling capacity.
  • Cardiff University has also converted one of its buildings into a training facility for NHS staff, while its final-year medical students have joined the frontline. 

Cardiff University has joined other ERRIN members in a consortium of academic institutions researching genome sequencing to map the spread of the disease.

To read more about efforts made to tackle the new coronavirus at Welsh universities, click here