Studying in autumn 2020 during coronavirus

COVID-19 Research and Knowledge Exchange Hub

Tackling the coronavirus crisis

From working on the frontline of the NHS to contributing with expertise from across the University, we're playing a vital role in the response to the coronavirus outbreak.

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MDX staff creating visors for NHS staff

Middlesex is playing a key role in ongoing research and response work. Our expertise ranges across science, technology, health and social care to business, economics, social policy, law, education as well as arts and creative industries.

We stand ready to collaborate with others and do everything we can to support on a local or national level. Fill out this form to contact a member of our research/knowledge transfer team about collaboration.

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#WeAreTogether

#WeAreTogether with other universities rising to the challenges we face. We're committing resources and working alongside government, health services and our local communities.

We're proud that Universities UK included Middlesex's work as an example of universities supporting the national effort against COVID-19. Their recent report showcases the response from universities across the UK.

Find out more about universities' contributions

Working with the NHS

Providing Personal Protective Equipment for the NHS

We have now laser-cut 60,000 protective visors for the NHS.

Senior technical tutor Nick Weldin and colleagues have joined a nationwide and international drive to make the visors, by organisations and individual technicians and craftspeople, often using 3D printers.The university now has five laser cutters working from 9am-6pm seven days a week to cut out visor headbands, enabling MDX to make over 2000 visors a day.

The visors' simple technology - a piece of acrylic attached to a polypropylene headstrap - means they can be produced much more quickly than medical masks, which are in short supply globally. We’re also looking to manufacture other things the NHS needs.

We have also started producing gowns and scrubs for NHS workers.

Stepping up to serve the front line

We are working with Health Education England to deploy up to 500 of our amazing second and third nursing and midwifery students to extended clinical placements on the frontline. This response includes stepping up some of our third year finalists onto the government’s emergency register, should that be needed.

All MDX second and third year nursing and midwifery students will either be in practice, in our North Central London partner trusts such as the Whittington, Royal Free and Moorfields Eye Hospital, or returning to practice during the crisis.

Our Nursing and Midwifery Department has been working with Capital Nurse, a programme to ensure excellent nursing is delivered collaboratively across London to meet healthcare needs. 96 first year students have volunteered for this so far.

Find out more about the work of our MDX staff on the frontline.

Our coronavirus response

We're already working with partners to make important contributions nationally and locally. Our work so far includes:

Offering specialist advice

Parliament’s Knowledge Exchange Unit is creating a COVID-19 Outbreak Expert Database for areas of specialist knowledge where Parliament may need access to research expertise. Middlesex researchers have been offering themselves and their research groups to support the effort. Our staff are also ensuring that they respond to calls for help in their own disciplines as the academic community comes together to address the crisis.

Student nurses in class

Developing new technology through research

Our researchers are investigating ways of repurposing existing innovations arising from research in medical device technology to meet the national need for easily deployed solutions. Fresh collaborations with other researchers around the world are being coordinated from Middlesex.

Access to relevant research and knowledge

Our researchers are engaging with social media as never before to share research and practice insights with a wider public. Our popular research pages will share research informed insights on the coronavirus and aspects of how we cope with it.

In the first piece Professor Tom Dickins considers how our perceptions of risk in relation to COVID-19 shape our behaviour, and how research can help shape better ways of incentivising all of us to behave responsibly.

In our most recent piece, Associate Professor Nicky Lambert explores Mental Health Awareness Week.

  • Equipment available

    We have a wide variety of equipment and resource that can be made available to support the NHS, social care and other frontline organisations responding to the coronavirus crisis.

    We have laboratory testing equipment, laboratory supplies (including gloves, lab spectacles and other equipment), and equipment for fabrication that can be used by our staff to make the supplies needed for the frontline – from 3D printers and laser cutters to sewing machines, fashion studios and television and film production facilities. See equipment for descriptions of what's available at the University.

  • Facilities available

    Find out more about our research and teaching facilities that may be of use in responding to the coronavirus crisis.

    We are in contact with public health organisations to offer access to our facilities, and are considering how to make them available in support of testing, making and research.

Expertise available

A range of expertise

Our academic community contains experienced researchers whose advice and knowledge can help during the coronavirus crisis and beyond. From bioscience to nursing, and from social policy to the creative industries we can help make a difference in the scientific, social, policy and community response to the outbreak.

We have researchers with interests in cell biology, bioengineering, diagnostics, digital manufacture and big data analytics among our scientists; business management, supply chains, international trade and CSR among our business researchers; human rights, the rule of law and the limits of government among our lawyers; healthcare practice, approaches to sharing professional knowhow and healthcare pedagogy among our public health, nursing and health researchers. We’ve research in communications, the arts and cultural industries to help address our wellbeing and our need for reliable information, and we’ve research in design engineering and product design to help ensure the utility of the new technology we’ll need to fight coronaviruses.

Find an expert

Use the search box on our website to find expertise.

Search our research repository

Use the search function in our research repository to find relevant published research.

Areas of research interest

We have researchers with interests in cell biology, bioengineering, diagnostics, digital manufacture and big data analytics among our scientists; business management, supply chains, international trade and CSR among our business researchers; human rights, the rule of law and the limits of government among our lawyers; healthcare practice, approaches to sharing professional knowhow and healthcare pedagogy among our public health, nursing and health researchers.

Our research in communications, and arts and cultural industries will help address our wellbeing and our need for reliable information, and we're working across design engineering and product design to help ensure the utility of the new technology we’ll need to fight coronaviruses.

Our research groups and centres

Here are just some of the areas of research strength reflected in research groups and centres.

Visit our research pages to explore our full range of research.

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