There has been some recent press criticism about government shortcomings in terms of mobilising our world leading research #universities. But @universitiesuk’s and the #wearetogether campaign highlights the amazing work, depth and speed of response that the university sector is achieving without any great fanfare.
Personally, I am particularly delighted to see my old employer, @kingscollegelon, stepping up to deliver a new prototype ventilator and being part of the efforts to get final year medical students onto the #NHS #frontline. This is just one example of many which highlight the importance of universities to UK plc. Brexit (remember that?) remains a threat to research funding for universities and, as we collectively get to grips with dealing with #covid-19, it is worth looking to the future as we ensure our #resilience. Universities are an economic powerhouse, larger than the whole accountancy sector: we need them to aid our recovery, in every sense of the word.
Check out our new Covid-19 hub where we’re collecting genuinely useful information from across our sectors. It’s particularly interesting to hear from Craig McPhail, our head of alternative living, who points to the confidence in the higher education sector in his article which highlights that direct let applications for purpose built student residential is in line with last year, a good portent for university admissions.
We’re helping the #NHS, universities, councils and our other clients respond to this crisis, but now is the time to start looking forward – make a recovery plan and, together, we can rebuild for a brighter future.
Scientists at King's College London are developing a prototype for a ventilator that will be quickly available