Leeds community through coronavirus

Read the stories of the alumni, staff, and students who are making a difference in the fight against COVID-19 all over the world, and stay connected with the Leeds response.

The University of Leeds and its community members are playing their part in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic all over the globe.

Through the stories below, we keep you connected with the Leeds response, and shine a spotlight on the alumni, staff, and students who are making a difference in the fight against COVID-19.


There are lots of ways you can stay connected with the Leeds community at this time:

  • Keep up to date with the University response.
  • Discover more about our student support fund, launched to help students succeed in their studies despite barriers they may face as a consequence of the pandemic.
  • Listen to lockdown tips and connect over Leeds memories in our messages for our community.
  • Find out ways the University can continue to support you during its shut down – discover workout tips, healthy recipe ideas and online sketch clubs.

From providing direct frontline support, to raising millions of pounds in support of the NHS, Leeds community members are using their skillsets to make a difference. Read their stories, and don't forget to share your own.

Alumnus providing critical support in the US

Don Macleod (PhD Electrical Engineering 1982), President and CEO of Applied Motion Products is supporting critical infrastructure in the US.

University of Leeds coronavirus response

The latest news and information on the University's response to COVID-19 - from crucial research to student support.

Leeds Paralympian on the NHS frontline

Kim Daybell (Medicine 2018) switched Tokyo preparation for the NHS frontline to help those who need him the most.

Run for Heroes – Leeds alumna's record-breaking campaign

A Leeds alumna is behind the record-breaking campaign that has raised over £5 million for NHS Charities Together.

Diagnostic tests for countries across the world

Amir Kanji (Economics and Accounting 1965) and his team have been producing diagnostic tests for countries all over the globe.

Leeds researchers helping to understand COVID-19

A University of Leeds study, funded by the Jon Moulton Charity Trust, aims to provide invaluable insights into the transmission of COVID-19.

Helping communities to understand the outbreak

Law student Peng Wu has helped thousands of health professionals and members of the general public to understand the pandemic.

Providing masks for care homes

Students step forward and donate their face masks to care homes across Leeds.

Leeds entrepreneurs getting the UK moving

Sam Ryan (Business and Economics 2014) and Barney Williams (Environment and Business 2013) are helping people return to buses in a safe manner.

Housebound with Kids: Supporting communities worldwide

Vicky Salomon (Arts Management 2006) has created an online community for families to come together from all around the world.

Leeds alumna creates lockdown cinema experience

Rhian Hughes (Music 2016) is helping people to enjoy that ‘going out’ feeling in a safe manner.

Bloomin’ Buds Theatre Company – Helping the vulnerable

Katie Mahon (Theatre and Performance 2017, MA Applied Theatre Intervention 2018) has found a way to continue to support those who need her the most.

Leeds community short stories

We share a selection of short stories where the Leeds community have stepped up to support efforts to combat COVID-19.

2020 Student Support Fund

The 2020 Student Support Fund has been launched to help students succeed in their studies despite barriers caused by the pandemic.

Stay at home resources

From healthy recipe ideas to online sketch clubs, find out how your university is helping its community to stay connected online.