Coronavirus: our research and innovation
The COVID-19 pandemic is creating a vast and growing number of challenges for all of us. Staff and students from across the University of Sheffield are working to mitigate its effects on society with a rapid response through crucial research, innovation and collaborations.
Utilising world-leading expertise in manufacturing
We are at the forefront of innovative manufacturing research. Our staff from the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), Nuclear AMRC and the Faculty of Engineering are using their skills, expertise and facilities to help provide vital equipment to the NHS.
Research trial of ‘smart’ hand sanitisers to help hand hygiene in offices
'Smart' hand sanitisers that can provide data on workplace hand hygiene are being trialled across the country, as part of research into how best to engage people with the latest Covid-19 workplace hand hygiene guidance.
Sheffield engineers manufacture SARS-CoV-2 virus components for COVID-19 antibody tests
Over the past two months colleagues from the department have collaborated to manufacture component parts of the COVID-19 coronavirus, including the characteristic ‘spike’ glycoprotein that protrudes from the surface of the virus.
Our genomics research is helping in the fight against coronavirus
Experts in genomics from across the University have joined forces with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals to help us get a better understanding of COVID-19. The work will enable us to manage the current crisis and respond in a more agile way to new infectious diseases.
One year on from sequencing Covid-19 genome, Sheffield shares new research on UK variant
A year on from being one of the first teams nationally to publish sequenced genomes of the Covid-19 virus, researchers at the University of Sheffield have released new findings which could shed light on why the UK variant is more infectious.
Society and wellbeing
Understanding the impact of the coronavirus crisis on society
Our researchers are investigating how the coronavirus crisis is affecting society, and we're finding ways to to optimise how patients with coronavirus are assessed and treated by the emergency care system.
‘Do not resuscitate’ orders were common in patients admitted with suspected COVID-19
Nearly a third of patients admitted to hospital with suspected COVID-19 during the first wave of the pandemic had a ‘Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation’ (DNACPR) decision recorded before or on their day of admission to hospital.
New study finds strong immune response following Covid-19 vaccination
First findings from PITCH study, led by the Universities of Sheffield and Oxford and funded by the Department of Health and Social Care, shows one dose of the Pfizer vaccine generates robust T cell and antibody responses in 99 per cent of people.
Food security, energy and supply chains
Can our food systems, energy and supply chains cope?
Experts from the Institute for Sustainable Food and Energy Institute are working with industry partners to understand the fragility in our supply chains and collaborate on ways to improve food security for all.
The coronavirus pandemic is a symptom of a broken food system
The coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated the fragility of our food supplies – but building a more resilient system could provide a path to recovery.
Resources – education
Enhancing digital literacy and creativity among children
As schools across the UK are closed, our leading experts are sharing their research and advice on childhood education. The activities and resources aim to support people whilst their children are spending their time at home.
About this series
We live in a world that is facing one of its biggest challenges in living memory. The coronavirus pandemic has devastating potential as it sweeps across the globe. To fight this virus and slow its spread, we’ve had to change almost everything about how we live our lives.
In Coronavirus, Examined we’re talking to experts from The University of Sheffield to explore the different ways in which coronavirus is changing our world and the way we live.