Coronavirus
Community information

At this time, the health and wellbeing of our staff, students and the communities around us continues to be our primary concern.

As a university, we take the civic role we play seriously and are committed to supporting our local communities through these challenging times. We are in the fortunate position of having a wealth of expertise and knowledge to share.

How we are helping the local community

We are already working with, and providing a wide range of support to, the NHS, local councils, organisations and communities across the city and county. Here are some examples of how we are responding to the crisis.

Researchers from the University of Derby and University of Nottingham have launched the first research project focusing on those who have had to transition to home working, as a consequence of the lockdown measures in the UK.

University hits 100,000 enrolments mark for its range of Massive Open Online Courses 

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Key workers to be tested at University's primary care hub

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Equipment donated to help assess COVID-19 patients and to ease pressures caused by pandemic.

The University of Derby is providing a free (online) educational and information resource aimed at supporting pharmacists who have been redeployed to NHS 111 services.

Donation follows supply of of PPE equipment to help hospital staff

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A University of Derby academic is among a team of researchers and professionals providing guidance to clinicians who are likely to be having – and training people who will have – difficult conversations with patients suffering from COVID-19 or those closest to them.

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Essential PPE items for frontline staff at local hospitals being developed at the University's Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering

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Donations of PPE, the role of students and primary care hub facility featured in #WeAreTogether universities campaign

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As a university we take our civic role seriously and are committed to supporting our local communities.

Useful resources

Below are some resources you may find helpful.

Blogs

Whether you are facing the challenge of home schooling, or worried about your mental health during the crisis, our expert blogs offer sound advice and helpful tips to make life at home a little easier.

Expert comment

Our academics have been featuring regularly in the news, providing their expert perspective and advice on various issues related to Covid-19, ranging from its impact on BAME communities to effect of lockdown on the environment. For more information contact pressoffice@derby.ac.uk

For businesses

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If you would like to find out more about how we can support your business, please speak to your usual contact person or our Business Enquiry Team via businessgateway@derby.ac.uk.

During this challenging time, support is available from a variety of expert sources. In addition to contacting us, excellent advice and guidance is also provided by the Government, D2N2 Growth HubCBI and East Midlands Chamber of Commerce.

 

Find out more about how local stakeholders are supporting the recovery efforts across the city:

//news.derby.gov.uk/call-for-government-support-to-help-derbys-post-covid-recovery/

//news.derby.gov.uk/priorities-for-derbys-economic-recovery-revealed/

//news.derby.gov.uk/derbys-23-million-bid-to-revitalise-city-centre/

//news.derby.gov.uk/dont-delay-apply-today-for-business-grant/

//news.derby.gov.uk/firms-behind-450-million-city-investments-back-derby-to-recover-strongly-from-covid-19-crisis

//news.derby.gov.uk/thousands-of-derby-firms-to-be-surveyed-on-covid-impacts/

Online learning resources

The University of Derby has seen a steep rise in the number of people accessing its free online courses at this time. These short online courses, also known as MOOCs (massive open online courses) are free to take part in and are open to everyone regardless of age, education level and location.

Mental Health Toolkit for businesses

The current coronavirus (COVID-19) has created a time of uncertainty and concern that is affecting people’s mental health.  It is essential that individuals have the tools to manage their mental health and wellbeing and to feel able to support others too. The University has developed webinars and short courses as a mental health toolkit, to assist employers and employees to look after their mental health during this difficult time.

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