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COVID-19: Our response

Our response to COVID-19

We are committed to supporting our communities, partners and the global effort to combat COVID-19.

The University of Exeter is dedicated to shaping new local, national and global systems to combat COVID-19. We are already showing our mettle in supporting the NHS, working in the community to help organisations and individuals, contributing to the national genomics programme  on COVID-19, and unrelenting in pushing our expertise and values in the world.

Many members of the University community are making important contributions. Our students, colleagues and alumni are working tirelessly to support communities at this difficult time. 

Share your story

If you’d like us to share your story, for example any volunteering you are undertaking, please complete the online form. If you would like to offer your help volunteering in Exeter or Cornwall, visit the Exeter City Council pages, or the Cornwall Council website for further information. We recognise it’s not possible for everybody to volunteer at the moment. Remember, everyone following the Government social distancing measures is saving lives and protecting the NHS.

Donate now

You can help make a difference by supporting our academic researchers in their quest to combat COVID-19, and to understand and mitigate its effects. We know these are challenging times for us all, including our students. Any gift, no matter its size, can make a difference – all donations will go into the Exeter COVID-19 Fund which will then be distributed across these research projects.

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Clinical staff volunteering in the local community

Over 30 of our Medical School staff have volunteered to support the NHS hospitals, GP practices and local communities during the COVID-19 crisis. Clinical Director for Medicine, Professor Julie Thacker, works two days a week in West Cornwall Hospital, Penzance and Associate Dean of Education, Professor Ian Fussell has also donned his scrubs to help.
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Community volunteering and support

Every single one of the staff, from the porters, cleaners, ward clerks, admin support, doctors and nurses are looking out for each other and our patients and keeping each other’s spirits up at this challenging time. I am very proud to have been an NHS doctor for more than 30 years, but in all that time, I have never seen our NHS family rally to the cause like they are now.

Professor Julie Thacker

Clinical Director for Medicine

Medicine students graduate early to help on COVID-19 frontline

More than 50 final year Medicine and Medical Imaging students from the University of Exeter Medical School have opted to graduate early so they can qualify as junior doctors and diagnostic radiographers to ease pressure on the NHS in the battle against COVID-19.
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COVID-19 research

Scientists and clinicians in Exeter are part of a group of the country’s leading institutions who are joining together to sequence the COVID-19 virus genome from patients throughout the UK. They will use the University’s state-of-the-art equipment to ensure samples from Devon patients help to combat the disease.
Read more about our work on COVID-19

In the News

Our experts

Dr Bharat Pankhania, Senior Clinical Lecturer at our Medical School has widespread experience of advising on national communicable disease control action plans at national and international level. He has been interviewed widely across the media about the latest developments in the spread of Coronavirus.
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Dr Bharat Pankhania

Dr Bharat Pankhania is interview for WIRED UK

Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to reduce your risk

Dr Bharat Pankhania discusses how we can reduce the risk of catching coronavirus (COVID-19).