Through our Global Academies staff, students and stakeholders are pulling together to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and its impacts.
Immediate support included donating our Personal Protective Equipment to the local health board, loaning our Thermo Fisher 7500 ABI Fast Platform machines to support the development of a new mass testing facility for Covid-19 at Milton Keynes and working with Welsh Blood Service to establish a temporary blood donation centre on our Llandaff campus following a 20% reduction in donors and the need to distance such services from hospitals responding to Covid-19 patients.
Our longer-term research and innovation efforts range from monitoring the societal impact of the pandemic to providing specialist support to the food industry and developing a productivity research programme to support Welsh firms in the post-Covid recovery.
Our case studies give you an insight into some of the ways our Cardiff Met Global Academies are contributing.
Cardiff School of Technologies EUREKA Robotics Lab pilot new Covid-19 (coronavirus) testing at GP surgery
Academics at Cardiff Met’s Eureka Robotics Lab are joining the effort to slow the spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus) by using the latest robotics technology to pilot a system for identifying virus symptoms. Based at the University’s School of Technologies, the robotics team will use three Canbot U03S robots to help GPs on the front-line. Read more
Cardiff Met Student: Chloe Burgess (CSAD)
First-year BA (Hons) Fashion Design student, Chloe Burgess, from the Cardiff School of Art & Design (CSAD) has been making reusable facemasks for local care home workers during the COVID-19 lockdown. As part of her Fashion Design course, she has learned how to sew to industry standard and create and adapt sewing patterns. Chloe used these sewing skills to make 25 attractive and comfortable to wear protective face masks for the staff at Cherry Tree Care Home in Caldicot. The care home staff were pleased with Chloe’s innovative designs, as the disposable face masks they were initially using during the lockdown were expensive for everyday use. For Chloe, making the facemasks helped hone the sewing skills she learned during her Fashion Design course, and give her a creative outlet during the lockdown.
Chloe has now been offered money for material, the cost of the elastic, and her time to make more masks for people in her local area. She has begun to sell the masks online through her Cutesews business Facebook
page. You can read more about Chloe’s community project
here and contact Chloe for more details at