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Queen Mary plays its role during Covid-19 pandemic

31 March 2020

In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, Queen Mary continues to play its engaging role. Last week, the University relieved all of its clinical academic staff of their commitments to be fully available to support the NHS and donated much needed diagnostic equipment to the hospital. In addition, final year medical students from Queen Mary’s Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry were trained to immediately support the NHS in the fight against Covid-19.

Queen Mary’s Vice-Principal, Policy and Strategic Partnerships, Dr Philippa Lloyd, said:

“There has never been a more important time for universities to fulfil their civic mission. The application of university research and engagement with our communities are essential to tackling the immediate threats of the Coronavirus pandemic and helping to alleviate the socioeconomic upheaval that will follow.

“That’s why Queen Mary is proud to play its part in shaping the Civic University Network, which provides a valuable forum for institutions that share our civic commitment to collaborate and exchange knowledge on how to maximise our civic impact. Importantly, the network is also a valuable route to engage with expertise from beyond our sector, making sure that we take inspiration from our communities as much as contribute to them.”

Queen Mary has a seat at the table of the leading engagement network

With the developing public health emergency, the network will aim to be at the leading edge of the sector’s long-term response to the economic and social challenges presented by outbreak. Queen Mary will now have a seat at the table with other leading civic universities, collaborating on the engagement programmes and activities that will be invaluable to communities across the country and the world, in the recovery phase to follow.