How our staff and students have responsed

The University of Sheffield is committed to offering our full support in the response to Covid-19. We're proud of the way our staff and students have come together, from volunteering their time and expertise to providing vital resources and equipment to the NHS.

PPE donation


Throughout the lockdown period, our amazing staff, students and alumni have been volunteering across the world, so this year is more important than ever to say thank you to those who have given their time and services to help others when it’s needed most.

Together with colleagues in Alumni Relations and the Students’ Union, we’ve been collecting stories from staff, student and alumni volunteers sharing their experiences of volunteering during the current coronavirus pandemic. We’re delighted to be able to share some stories from our University community with you here:

Donating personal protective equipment to help front-line NHS staff

Supporting Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and the NHS has been at the forefront of our response to Covid-19. Personal protective equipment (PPE) has been donated by University of Sheffield departments and alumni to front-line NHS staff treating patients with coronavirus. Over 160,000 items of disposable PPE including masks, gloves, aprons and eyewear, worth around £60,000, has been collected from our laboratories and workshops to assist key workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Clinical testing

Scientists in our Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health and beyond are diverting their skills, laboratories and equipment to help with clinical testing. Professor Daniel Lambert from our School of Dentistry asked his academic colleagues in Sheffield for support with NHS testing, and has seen an extraordinary response from both of Sheffield’s universities.

Practical support for the NHS

NHS key workers have been taking advantage of University car parking and accommodation made available for them to use during the pandemic. Samuel Fox House, our Medical School's teaching facility, is being used to provide clinical skills training for returning care workers, ensuring they are ready to return to the front lines over the next few weeks.

How our medical students are making a difference

We have followed guidance from the Medical Schools Council to change our final assessment process and allow our final-year medical students to graduate, and begin practising, earlier than usual. Our medical students in earlier cohorts have also been offering volunteer services to doctors, nurses and healthcare workers – from childcare to prescription collections.


We've also been carrying out crucial research and innovation. University engineers have worked with teams at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals to design and produce face shields, and the team at the University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) has been part of a national effort to manufacture more ventilators.

Explore stories: research and innovation

Crucial research and innovation

How we're helping the national and global effort with vital research breakthroughs and innovation.

Coronavirus: our research and innovation

Message from the Vice-Chancellor

Professor Koen Lamberts shares how the University is working to help combat coronavirus.

Our message to Sheffeld and South Yorkshire