The University is proud to be working with local and national businesses as well as with Wuhan Union Hospital to find solutions to help fight Covid19.

Wuhan Union Hospital is home to a joint medical centre, opened two years ago following a long-standing and successful collaboration between the University and the hospital. This led to the University playing a key role in organising a video conference last month between representatives from Welsh health boards and senior doctors at Wuhan Union Hospital to exchange experiences and learn from staff in Wuhan who dealt with Covid19 at its earliest stages.

In Wales, the University is part of a newly-established consortium: SWARM (the South Wales Additive and Rapid Manufacturing Consortium) which is co-ordinating available industry, manufacturing and design capacity to get vital PPE to frontline services.

To address the growing demand for hand sanitiser, both home and abroad, a Swansea University lecturer’s Gower business has swapped making gin for hand sanitiser. Similarly, a solar tech lab at the University has switched to producing 5000 litres of hand sanitiser a week. Already in use in the local NHS, the University team behind the innovation is currently working with Community Housing Cymru, Cymorth Cymru and Care & Repair Cymru, supplying 2,000 five litre bottles to 35 housing organisations across Wales.

Swansea is playing a central role in a £4.85m initiative which will support large-scale, international quality research at Prime Centre Wales, an all-Wales Centre co-led by Swansea, Cardiff and Bangor universities and the University of South Wales. The Centre has adapted the focus of its research to help tackle the unprecedented challenges of Covid-19, taking forward a programme of research in prehospital, emergency and primary care. Swansea will have the opportunity to develop new and existing collaborations in universities, and with the NHS, social care, Third Sector, patients and the wider public with Swansea specifically looking at the effect of ‘shielding letters’ as a public health intervention.