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A year onwards…

A year since the first coronavirus cases were reported in the UK – some of you reading this have now received not one but perhaps two doses of the COVID-19 vaccination. We hope you are recovering well. We would love to hear your experience of the jab too, as many of us continue to wait patiently.

While vaccine rollouts continue around the country and the world, we have completed and closed our second wave of data collection. There will be just one final survey in April to look out for – as this will be the 12 month point in which we can compare your responses from last year. Again, we’d like to say a huge THANK YOU for returning your survey – we really appreciate all of your support! The survey has now closed. Should you need more time, do get in touch with us and we’ll try and reopen your survey. Meanwhile our team are processing the data. We will shortly be contacting our winner for the £50 Amazon voucher and making an announcement.

As some of you may know, this project is unfunded. Our research team thus far have been operating on zero funding, yet we continue to pursue this work because we recognise the importance of conducting this timely piece of research now. It’s vital that studies like ours are gathering data now to help us understand and inform policy responses now and in the future. As we continue to apply for larger grants to support the running cost of our study, we wanted to share two pieces of good news from yesterday:

1) We reached 200 Followers on our Twitter account @GlobalC19Study!

2) Our team was successful in receiving funding from the UCL Global Engagement Fund 2020-21!

This is fantastic news to our study as it will enable us to run a themed webinar series this summer to share our study findings with the wider public. Importantly, YOU and all those interested are invited to this free event as we want to hear your thoughts on the findings in co-designing solutions as well. More details to come.

Meanwhile, we do have a few virtual events coming up where we will be presenting some of our findings as well. We sincerely hope to see you at some of our events below. Recordings will also be uploaded to our website wherever possible, so you may wish to catch-up on the study in your own time. If you are a researcher interested in learning more about this study – study variables and on-going preprints/publications – please visit our Open Science page.

Virtual seminars

  • 9 February Tuesday 12-1pm: Lunchtime seminar series at the UCL Department of Psychology and Human Development. Join via Zoom: https://bit.ly/2N5gI32
  • 18 February Thursday 5-6pm: XXI International Congress for Educators 2021: Post-COVID Recovery: Education, Resilience & Mental Health. Recording available after the event.
  • June-July 2021 (TBD): UCL Global Engagement Fund Webinar Series on with study partners on Global COVID study findings.

As always, we value your continued support and would love to hear from you on any topics you would like to discuss or suggestions on things you would like to hear from us. Please follow us on twitter for more regular updates and to access helpful resources for lockdown/working from home @GlobalC19Study. As always, please stay healthy and be kind to yourself.

Kind regards,

Dr Keri Wong

@DrKeriWong | UCL website

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