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As a University, #TeamTeesside is proud to be supporting the national effort to tackle Coronavirus (Covid-19) and help our university community to stay positive.

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Whether it is health students volunteering on the front line, providing research expertise and equipment to hospitals, supporting businesses through difficult times, or raising people's spirits through engagement on social media, #TeamTeesside is pulling together and doing all we can to help.

We are all in this together

Students on the front line

Many of our final year health students have answered the call from Government and volunteered to go in to practice early to support the NHS and work on the front line during the coronavirus outbreak. Their knowledge and skills are vital at this time and they are providing much-needed extra resource. Read more about why they made this decision and how they feel about the work they are doing.

Team Teesside passes the test

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Team Teesside has excelled in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A total of 94 colleagues from a range of schools and departments volunteered to support our on-site COVID-19 student testing arrangements.

They helped by managing the queuing and registration system, assisting with tests and providing information to students about the process.

Teesside was part of a national testing programme offering free lateral flow tests to students without symptoms, to enable them to make informed decisions about when to travel home for the Christmas break.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered and supported our students, their families and friends by participating in this important work.

Read how they got on

How we're helping to combat Covid-19

#TeamTeesside students working for the NHS

I have never felt more proud and humbled by our amazing students @TeessideUni

Professor Mark Simpson, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching)

# TeamTeesside

In these extraordinary times it is important to remember that we are all part of an inspiring, supportive and caring University community.

To keep spirits up, and help us all keep in touch with each other, we are asking #TeamTeesside to share your lighter moments, photos and messages on social media to let us know how you are getting on. We have been amazed by the response so far and have seen some delightful pets, happy children, inspiring rainbows and even a Nicholas Cage cushion.

Post on social media using the hashtag #TeamTeesside, tag @TeessideUni in your posts, or send us a direct message. You can also check out our Spotify playlist.

Colleague stories

We are proud of how Team Teesside colleagues have responded during the pandemic - staying safe, supporting our students, and balancing work and home lives under lockdown. Read their stories below.

News in brief

Sporty SLS staff staying fit

Colleagues in Student & Library Services (SLS) have set up a community group to keep connected. Seventeen of them have completed a team duathlon while observing social distancing, and other team fun-runners have previously covered marathon and an ultra- marathon distances.

Staying connected and having fun

Have you thought about organising an online social event during the current coronavirus lockdown, to stay in touch and have some fun with your teammates? Colleagues in Student and Library Services, and Human Resources, are doing just that every week. They're using videoconferencing apps to host quiz nights so they can all take part safely from the comfort of their own homes.

Delivering help when it's most needed

Volunteer Project Co-ordinator Jayne Golden, is supporting Stokesley Community Care during the Covid-19 crisis, by helping to deliver prescriptions for vulnerable people isolating at home. Jayne was delighted to be able to deliver a prescription to an 86-year old lady who had contracted and recovered from Coronavirus.

Anirudh Sharma is currently supporting Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust as a COVID-19 Responder

Anirudh, a PhD student in the School of Health & Life Sciences, is helping to provide support to COVID-19 patients once they have been discharged from hospital, assisting with the chat team to ask people about their well-being and co-ordinating if they need advice or support.

Teesside student volunteers to help people who are self-isolating

Social work student Lisa McLean is helping vulnerable local people during the coronavirus crisis. She provides telephone support for people who are self isolating and helps them arrange medicine collections and food shopping. Lisa says: 'I would never want anyone to feel they are on their own and feel alone.'

Students find creative ways to stay connected

Interior Design, and Architecture, students are coming up with creative ways of keeping in touch during the lockdown. They set themselves a different challenge every week to stay connected and have a laugh. Tasks have included home baking, pet shows, childhood photo competitions and recreating famous paintings with themselves in the pictures.

Good neighbour Alli is looking out for others, and making new friends

International Marketing Assistant Alli Pyrah has put cards in all of the letterboxes in her neighbourhood, telling anyone who is self-isolating they can call her if they need help with shopping or errands. She's also made new friends through volunteering and they organise virtual pub quiz nights. 'We will get through this together' says Alli.

Get in touch

Please continue to share your activities and let us know what you are doing by emailing Look after each other, stay safe and visit our dedicated coronavirus webpage for all the latest information and advice.

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