‘When there is no script to follow, people improvise’
As COVID-19 spreads across the globe, we are seeing how scarcity and the most severe constraints are forcing people to innovate.
This is true for the health staff having to respond to unprecedented need and rapidly ramping up capacity. But it is also true for almost every part of society, from scientists collaborating across the world in new ways to companies and public services moving online in days (when previous plans for digitalisation would have taken months or years). Citizens are also finding new ways to tackle isolation and support their most vulnerable neighbours.
Beyond the lockdown, almost every sector is facing big challenges. Read about how Nesta is harnessing our existing work and knowledge in response to the outbreak.
Ravi Gurumurthy, Nesta Chief Executive
Unprecedented times: Taking action during COVID-19 – From neighbourly acts of kindness to tech solutions that support the medical response, the unimaginable tragedy of COVID-19 has shone a light on the power of human creativity and collaboration. This curated list of resources features everything from funding and volunteer opportunities to ways to submit important data.
Mapping the impact of COVID-19 on the creative industries – To understand the impact of COVID-19 on the creative industries, we’ve brought together a list of surveys that are gathering data from those affected. Hasan Bakhshi.
DHSC issues guidance on the impact of COVID-19 – The Department of Health and Social Care has issued guidance on the impact of COVID-19 on research studies funded or supported by NIHR, including research supported by the NIHR Clinical Research Network.
New application process for COVID-19 Urgent Public Health Research – The NIHR is prioritising funding and support for COVID-19 research and the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) has paused site set-up for all other studies. Continue reading NIHR funding & Support Round-up
‘Moving assessment online: Key principles for inclusion, pedagogy and practice’ 9 April webinar
During this member only webinar, speakers Professor David Carless, Dr Geoff Stoakes and Jess Moody will lead a conversation around the challenges the HE sector is facing during the current Covid-19 climate. There is a requirement for universities to make major changes to their teaching, assessment and support provision, a number of which will be considered during the webinar. We will be hosting two identical webinars, one at 09:00 and one at 13:00 BST to allow as many people as possible to join us.
Assessment has provided a particularly demanding issue, in which rapid decisions have been made and assessment tasks have been revised and migrated online, with consequences for the assessment methods used and the nature of feedback that can be given. In view of the urgent need for information and support about these issues, this webinar will provide guidance for educators about these issues. All webinar participants are invited to join the discussion, which will centre around the following points:
- Options for assessment methods that lend themselves to online use
- Ensuring that assessment and feedback online retains a learning-based emphasis for all students
- Options and strategies for feedback when working in an online only environment
- Issues in managing quality and standards in online assessment
- Student support, diversity and inclusion issues
- Constraints and challenges to consider and respond to.
Date: 9 April Time: 09:00 and 13:00 BST
At Advance HE, we want our member benefits to be accessible to as many of our members as possible. All webinars in the Connect Event Series are recorded and available to watch at your convenience via the member benefits group on Advance HE Connect.
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NIHR’s response to the coronavirus pandemic
Rapid response coronavirus research
On behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care, the NIHR is funding and helping to deliver a range of “rapid response” research to better understand and tackle COVID-19, including research into vaccines, treatments and diagnostic tests, and real-time collection of samples and data from people undergoing treatment in hospitals. Read more
Get your facts straight about the science behind coronavirus and stay up to date with the latest information. The new website coronavirus: the science explained lays out the evidence and the facts about the virus, the disease, the epidemic, and its control, and is supported by NIHR and UK Research & Innovation. Read more
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Our response to COVID-19 | Rapid roll-out of video consultations
COVID-19 represents an unprecedented challenge to health and care services, bringing intense pressure and radical change to systems, organisations and to all of us as individuals. As a foundation with a mission to improve health and health care, we want to help.
In this issue we set out our response as an organisation to the massive challenge ahead. We also collect together resources and learning on implementation of virtual consultations, to support the shift to remote working wherever possible. Continue reading The Health Foundation Newsletter
Proposals are invited for short term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. There is no closing date – proposals can be submitted at any time.
UKRI will support excellent proposals of up to 18 months duration which meet at least one of the following: Continue reading UKRI open call for research and innovation ideas to address COVID-19
Along with the rest of the sector, Advance HE is adjusting to the challenging times in which we all find ourselves. We are determined to support our members by delivering as much as possible online and maintaining the best possible, flexible service. Our staff are knowledgeable in working remotely, and our IT systems are robust.
With that in mind, we would like to let you know that the next two webinars in our Connect Event Series will take place as planned. Continue reading AdvanceHE Member Webinars
Women in Innovation 2020 – Innovate UK has announced a new wave of Women in Innovation Awards to find and support the UK’s most promising female innovators to develop their ideas and scale up their businesses.
Up to 10 women will secure £50,000 each as well as a bespoke programme of coaching, mentoring and innovation growth support. The priority will be engaging women innovators across the whole of the UK.
Horizon 2020: what it is and how to apply for funding – How UK businesses and researchers can continue to access Horizon 2020 funding even after 31 January 2020.
UPDATED March 19: Impact of Coronavirus on UKRI-supported research – The ongoing situation regarding coronavirus has significantly impacted the research and innovation community. The nature of these impacts will evolve and increase over the coming weeks and months. click title for more information
Coming together in the face of adversity – As COVID-19 takes hold across the UK, making sure that people continue to have the care, support and friendship they need will be crucial.
For voluntary and community organisations, finding innovative ways to keep working will be particularly important, as will support for the sector from funders and from government.
Already, many of us are coming together to navigate uncharted waters. Remaining hopeful during this period will be key for us all.
Solidarity vs philanthropy: The future of funding – How can funders shift from supporting programmes and projects to supporting movements? Over the past year, Nesta has been collaborating with seven social movements for health.
Funding – The outbreak of COVID-19 is having an immediate impact on many of the social enterprises, charities, local authorities and schools we support with grant funding.
Nesta stands with our grantees as they continue to support communities through the crisis. Read Nesta’s response.