Kevin Hsu

2 years ago

As COVID-19 continues to lead us further into uncharted territory and we’re faced with constant negative news stories, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. We don’t have all the answers but we’re finding inspiration in the universities and students taking positive action across the globe. Research has shown that mentions of ‘good news’, ‘kind gestures’, and ‘hero’ have sharply increased by over 400% in recent weeks and that similar trend can be seen with the top posts being engaged on Edurank. Students are looking out for optimistic stories right now, and this month’s Edurank’s roundup demonstrates the resilience, adaptability, and compassion, of institutions and individuals who are supporting their local community and the fight against COVID-19. Huge kudos not only to our front line workers but everyone in the industry who has stepped forward to help make a difference. In these tough times, let’s take a look at the uplifting stuff happening out there.

Texas A&M

In true Texas and Aggie fashion, Texas A&M University at Galveston students partnered with community stakeholders IPS Pump Service and the San Luis Resort to serve breakfast tacos to the front line healthcare workers staffing UTMB Health’s intensive care units. 

In a moment in time where good news stories are vital to the mental wellbeing of the community, this one definitely made its mark.

Keele University

Students at Keele University are collecting food to donate to the most vulnerable people in the community to help ensure their stocks don’t run low amid the coronavirus pandemic. The scheme, run by the Keele Students’ Union, is helping students who are moving home from their campus accommodation to donate their non-perishable food to the community and the Newcastle-Staffs Trussell Trust Food Bank.

Middlesex University

MDX scored a near-perfect score on Facebook as they shared the inspiring story of their students making PPE equipment for their local community. MDX has laser-cut 184 visors for staff at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and hopes soon to produce up to 7000 a week for London healthcare workers, to protect their faces and eyes as they tackle the coronavirus crisis. 

West Virginia University

WVU landed number three on the ranks due to their constant engagement with their student body on social media. Their good news story comes from the engineers at the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at WVU, who are using their expertise and equipment in a campus-wide effort to create PPEto keep up with the needs of health care providers in the fight against COVID-19. 

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