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Resources to help teams support the Covid-19 response

We have received unprecedented offers of help from our research and technical communities who want to contribute to the fight against Covid-19, by proposing research collaborations, volunteering their technical expertise, and donating personal protective equipment (PPE), apparatus, reagents or facilities.   

If you want to contribute your technical expertise to the Queen Mary or national Covid-19 response effort, please see the list of possible opportunities below. 

If you receive any calls for technical support towards the Covid-19 response from professional bodies, please contact Kate Thornton so the opportunity can be added to the list below and circulated to faculties. 

SMD Covid-19 seminar series

Here we list information about the School of Medicine and Dentistry Covid-19 seminar series, July to September 2020 [PDF 115KB]

Innovative research collaborations

Queen Mary is already leading on vital Covid-19 research in the following areas clinical trials:

  • diagnostics
  • public health
  • vaccines
  • data science and modelling
  • engineering and manufacturing.   

If you are a group leader and have an area of research into Covid-19 that you wish to develop, please contact your Faculty Research Manager:

If you are contacted by another research institution, industrial or charitable partner who would like to work with us on Covid-19 research, please also contact your Faculty Research Manager.


PPE donations

We are coordinating the donations of supplies, particularly PPE, for frontline health staff and local community organisations. If you have any PPE your School or Institute could donate, please contact Hannah Sullivan in SMD (the approval of your Head of School/Director of Institute will be required).

For more information about the types of PPE being used, read Section 10 of the UK Government Guidance.

Face shield manufacture 

If you have a 3D printer at home and want to support the production of face shields for staff at Barts NHS Trust, a Queen Mary academic has developed a template to 3D-print visors at home.

You will need a minimum print area of 150x150 and must be able to mail these items to the dental hospital in Whitechapel while adhering to the government's social distancing guidelines. 

To register your interest and to receive more details, fill in this form. One of the staff members supporting this effort will be in touch with an STL template file and you’ll be able to ask any technical questions. 

Specialist equipment loans 

We are coordinating the loan of specialist equipment to national diagnostic laboratories and keeping an inventory of their locations.

There are currently no equipment calls open. Any updates will be posted below.

Individuals with research, laboratory or technical expertise

HR guidance on volunteering is currently under review in light of the Covid-19 outbreak. In the meantime, if you wish to apply for a volunteering opportunity which will require you to take time out of your working day, you will need to obtain permission from your line manager and notify your School or Institute HR Manager.

Add your details to the Queen Mary expertise database

We have already been identifying staff and postgraduate students who have skills that might be of use in aiding the national Covid-19 testing, research or manufacturing effort. If you have already submitted your details, you have been added to the University-wide database.   

If you have not already submitted your details and feel that you can contribute, please sign up.

Apply for a position with the national Covid-19 testing effort 

Laboratories are a critical component in Covid-19 testing and additional laboratory staff are now urgently needed. The UK Government is particularly interested in individuals who are comfortable working in a qPCR environment, and those who can operate liquid handling machines, although more generalist lab support is also required. Find out more.

Call for volunteer engineers and technicians to provide auxiliary engineering support to field hospitals 

There are a number of new medical facilities being built and this call asks for volunteer engineers and technicians to work alongside their clinical counterparts providing technical and engineering support. Find out more.

Help school students stay connected with STEM 

Across the UK, school students’ education has been disrupted, classes have been split up, and science teachers are tasked with providing remote activities. Help students stay connected with STEM, their teachers and their classmates using the 'I’m a Scientist/I’m an Engineer, Stay at Home' online STEM engagement activities. Find out more.

Supporting national programmes

Provide advice and guidance to Parliament

The UK's Parliament’s Knowledge Exchange Unit is looking for researchers who can provide expert insights relating to both Covid-19 and its impacts (over a wide range of areas). They are currently creating a Covid-19 Outbreak Expert Database. If you feel you can contribute, sign up.

Community volunteering

If you would like to support Queen Mary’s or your own local community, there are many volunteering opportunities with organisations and projects delivering vital services and helping those most in need. For more details, visit the Supporting our Communities page.

Other resources

The National Technicians Development Centre has set up a Covid-19 resources page.

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