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Supporting our NHS, businesses and the community

As a community impact university, the University of Suffolk is supporting its community in any way it can during the current coronavirus outbreak.

  • Many of our final year health students have joined the NHS early at hospitals across the eastern region following special measures outlined in the government’s emergency Coronavirus Bill 2020. Find out more about our students joining the NHS.
  • Many of the staff in the School of Health and Sports Sciences remain registered health care professionals and several have undertaken refresher training so they can go back into practice to support colleagues in the NHS. Read more.
  • The University’s 3D Productivity Suite within the Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Center (IWIC) has started to produce visors for healthcare professionals working on the frontline to combat coronavirus.  Technicians in IWIC, are printing 3D Verkstan frames in PLA and Prusa designed frames for a variety of healthcare sites across the region including hospitals and GP surgeries. Find out more, and if you would like to know more about the 3D printing facilities at the University please email
  • The University has also given its supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from its clinical skills labs to the NHS.
  • A new app to support communities during the Coronavirus outbreak has been launched, with the help of the University. The TRIBE Volunteer app is being rolled out by the ‘Home, But Not Alone’ service. Find out more.
  • Universities UK have launched a campaign on social media, #WeAreTogether, to highlight how Universities are using their specialists, expertise and facilities to support the NHS and the wider community. The campaign is also providing the opportunity for universities to give thanks to key workers. We’ll be taking part in the campaign and sharing how we are helping to make a difference. Registered nurses Vice-Chancellor, Professor Helen Langton and Dean of the School of Health and Sports Sciences, Paul Driscoll-Evans have recorded messages along with our Chancellor, Dr Helen Pankhurst, and honorary graduate, comedian and former nurse Jo Brand.  Follow #WeAreTogether on social media, or find out more here.