Supporting the regional response to the Covid-19 challenge
In addition to maximising our facilities and expertise to aid the national response to the Covid-19 pandemic, our staff and students are responding on a more local level to ensure healthcare services, cultural and creative sectors and industry partners across the Sheffield City Region are supported.
A message from our Vice-Chancellor
Professor Koen Lamberts, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sheffield, shared a message with partners, alumni and friends across Sheffield and South Yorkshire:
“The South Yorkshire spirit is undeniable and it is instrumental in driving forward the University of Sheffield. But the coming months will be challenging for everyone, and I want you to know that the University of Sheffield is here to do all we can to support our region's people, businesses and economy.”
Support for universities in post-Covid recovery
Both the Mayor and Sheffield MPs and Peers (coordinated by Sheffield Central MP, Paul Blomfield) have written to the Government requesting support and highlighting the pressures faced by universities in Sheffield as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Health and Wellbeing
Supporting Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, the NHS and its regional workforce is at the forefront of the University’s response to Covid-19. From medical students volunteering their services and teams working round the clock to supply PPE, to offering parking free for medical staff and using our medical facilities to train returning care workers - we’re looking for creative solutions to keep our region healthy.
Culture and Community
The cultural and creative industries play a crucial role in supporting wellbeing by providing an escape to the current isolation and driving the community spirit which Sheffield thrives on. We’re working with partners across the region to better understand how the current situation is affecting the sector and identify what support needs to be put in place to ensure it continues to flourish. We are also hosting public engagement events and activities for communities online and through the Sheffield Culture Hub.
We recognise that many of our industrial partners are currently facing unprecedented uncertainty, not least the start-ups and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) who provide a foundation for the city region’s economy. Our industry facing teams are working hard to identify and deliver support, ensuring continued funding and collaboration opportunities and asking how our students and graduates can provide additional resources at this challenging time.