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A bit of good news to brighten your day

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It can feel overwhelming to be living through a global pandemic, but it’s not all doom and gloom. We’ve got together a collection of uplifting, feel-good headlines from students, staff and alumni to bring a bit of joy to your day.

Sewing scrubs for the NHS: MEng student Olivia-Faye Dickinson
With the University campus in shutdown, Olivia – a third-year Materials Science and Engineering with Textile Technology MEng student – has returned to her summer job in Lichfield, working as a seamstress to sew scrubs at home. 

University of Manchester is 3D printing safety equipment for front-line NHS workers
In a combined effort with other universities, including Salford and MMU, The University is utilising 3D printing capabilities to design and make headbands for protective facemasks worn by frontline NHS medical staff in hospitals.

Meet the army of student volunteers helping our NHS heroes
More than 450 medical and social care students across Manchester have stepped forward in less than a week to support NHS workers while they tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

The numbers game: using maths to combat coronavirus
Mathematicians from The University of Manchester are using their computer modelling expertise to advise the government on how to best protect the UK population during the coronavirus emergency. 

And in other non-university related news…

‘The age gap is so beautiful’: coronavirus creates unlikely pen pals
A five-year-old girl wrote a touching letter to her elderly neighbour to check he was OK and remind him he is not alone during the coronavirus lockdown.

Pandas mate for first time in 10 years after coronavirus shuts down zoo
Two pandas have managed to mate since their zoo shut down over the coronavirus outbreak, after a decade of trying.

People in India can see the Himalayas for the first time in ‘decades,’ as the lockdown eases air pollution
People in the northern Indian state of Punjab are reacting with awe at the sight of the Himalayan mountain range, which is now visible from more than 100 miles away.

Christ the Redeemer statue lit up as doctor in coronavirus tribute (video)
The Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro was lit up paying tribute to health workers in Brazil and across the world tackling the coronavirus crisis.

Got some good news? Let us know. 

Thank you for all your stories you’ve sent so far, keep them coming! Whether it’s a paragraph or a poem, a picture or a painting –  all we ask is that you focus on the positive to spread a little happiness. Send in your submissions by posting on Students at Home, or email us at

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