Donated safety equipment

University donates safety equipment to NHS Trusts

The University of Brighton has donated face visors, half face respirators, safety glasses, disposable gloves, aprons, hand sanitizer to healthcare providers throughout Sussex.

Dr James Ebdon, Head of the university’s Environment and Public Health Research and Enterprise Group, said: “This was the result of an urgent request, and we didn’t hesitate to respond. This is a national emergency and it is important that we do what we can to help – wherever and however possible.”

Scientists and staff in the university’s School of Environment and Technology (SET) and the Schools of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Science (PABS), joined forces to draw up an inventory of key supplies prior to the period of lockdown and so were swift to respond when the requests started arriving.

Dr Ebdon said: “Getting this equipment dispatched to three separate local NHS Trusts was a collective effort by our technical staff including Magda Grove, Pete Lyons, Jack Barker (from SET) and Cinzia Dedi, Bertie Berterelli, Joe Hawthorne (from PABS) and Kirsty Smallbone (Head of the Schools of Environment and Technology and Pharmacy and Biomolecular Science).

Kirsty said: “This was a great effort and I want to thank everyone concerned. We want to help the NHS as much as we can.”

Professor Sosabowski and Dr Angela MacAdam in the lab

Brighton scientists go back to work

University of Brighton scientists have returned to their labs to make hand sanitizer in “the interests of scientific citizenship”.

They spent a day making more than 20 litres of a handrub formulation recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and said: “As long as we have the resources and the reagents, we can come in and do it again, as required”. Professor Hal Sosabowski, the University’s Professor of Public Understanding of Science, said: “Hand sanitizer is in short supply so we decided to help by filling that gap in the supply chain as best we can. Many frontline NHS staff may struggle to get enough supplies in the middle of this tragedy and that is why we want help even though we know that this is probably a drop in an ocean.” He and colleagues including Dr Angela MacAdam and Dr Matt Ingram in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, first researched production methods from the WHO before the team left their homes. Then it was back to the lab wearing lab coats and safety glasses. They were assisted by Professor Bhavik Patel who advised remotely.

Professor Sosabowski said: “The School have modern, up-to-date labs with the resources, solvents and chemicals required to do such a thing and with the help of our colleagues in (the University’s) Estates Department we were able to gain entry (to the labs), even though we are in lockdown.”

Professor Sosabowski, who has also collected up university eye shields to distribute to GP surgeries, said it was the obvious decision to go back to the labs: “The whole thing about my colleagues is that they’re modest and just want to come in and contribute albeit in this modest way.”

Colleagues, he said, didn’t hesitate: “The ability to contribute something that is tangible has been a relief to all four of us.

“The santizer will be sent to wherever it is needed the most and we have all agreed, we’ll make more if the need arises.”

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A study gave second-year pharmacy students access to the resource and compared results with traditional scripts given as preparation for laboratory classes.

Dr Bhavik Patel, Reader in Clinical and Bioanalytical Chemistry in the University’s Centre for Stress and Age-Related Diseases, said: “We found the online resource achieved significant success in improving students’ preparation, performance and confidence in practical classes. Read More

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Marta joined the University’s Stress & Cancer group in 2016, fulfilling her ambition: “I have always been intrigued by science and at university I started to be very interested in molecular biology and scientific investigation, dreaming to perform experiments and work in a lab.

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The Silver Award was granted in recognition of actions implemented to advance careers of women in science over the past few years.

The School of Applied Social Science, meanwhile, won a Bronze Award for their first submission which was the result of concerted effort from across the school. The schools join the university’s School of Environment and Technology(SET) and Brighton and Sussex Medical School in holding an Athena SWAN prize. The awards are valid for four years.

Professor Tara Dean, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, is Chair of the Athena SWAN Steering Group and is the university’s Gender Equality Champion.

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New student? Hit the ground running!

To help you get the best start as a student here, we’ve put together some online activities called Hit The Ground Running.

Taking part in this programme isn’t compulsory and it’s not a test, it’s just a good way to prepare yourself for your studies and get to know your way around our online learning platform, studentcentral.

The activities will include tips for getting ready to study with us and help put you in touch with current students who can answer any questions you may have about the uni or your course.

You’ll be able to access this area the day after you enrol online, by logging in to studentcentral and clicking on the Hit The Ground Running banner on the home page.