University of Bedfordshire celebrates acts of kindness during coronavirus

The #WeAreTogether campaign will serve as a platform to showcase examples of solidarity and support

Thursday, 16th April 2020, 3:57 pm
Updated Thursday, 16th April 2020, 3:58 pm

Staff and students from the University of Bedfordshire have been supporting local communities and helping on the frontline during the coronavirus pandemic.

Their efforts are now being celebrated as part of the national #WeAreTogether campaign.

The Universities UK group launched the social media initiative, #WeAreTogether, which will serve as a platform for universities to showcase heartening examples of solidarity, support and gratitude during this challenging time.

Student University of Bedfordshire paramedics training

From streaming digital art classes to producing live radio shows, from helping at local food banks to launching online neonatal training, the University of Bedfordshire has already seen numerous ways in which its community has come together.

With a ‘keep calm and carry on’ attitude, University employees and students have shown determination when it comes to helping out, ensuring everyone feels supported and knows they are not alone.

Staff and students have donated materials to make face masks for Luton and Dunstable Hospital, student nurses working on the frontline, students hosting online art classes and creating Harry Potter-themed learning packs for kids and lecturers live-streaming neonatal classes for student paramedics. For a full list visit: www.beds.ac.uk/news/2020-archive/april/proudtobebeds-university-celebrates-unity-in-national-wearetogether-campaign.

Professor Rebecca Bunting, Interim Vice Chancellor said: “Despite being uprooted and having to adjust quickly to a new way of learning and working, the University has been encouraged by the resourceful ways in which students have adapted their study routines and have been helping their peers and wider communities.

Student University of Bedfordshire nurses on placement

“These examples have sparked the beginning of our #ProudToBeBeds campaign, which will allow us to shine a spotlight on some of the wonderful things our students and staff have achieved during isolation and social distancing.”