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How we are supporting efforts to deal with COVID-19 in the UK

Past IET President, Jeremy Watson has been asked by the UK Government to gather practical and innovative ideas relating to dealing with COVID-19 from the engineering community. Please contribute to this discussion on IET Engineering Communities.

We’ve been working with the Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which is looking for businesses to support in the production and supply of ventilators and ventilator components. They’re looking for businesses that can support in the supply of ventilators and ventilator components across the UK as part of their response to COVID-19. As well as manufacturers, the Government is looking for businesses with the following skills: design/specification, rapid prototyping, contract/product assembly, certification/regulation/testing, logistics and medical training. If you think your business can help, please register your details.

Over the past few weeks, the UK Parliament has seen a surge in need for access to research expertise on the COVID-19 outbreak. In this rapidly evolving situation, Parliament needs quick access to researchers who can provide expert insights relating to both Coronavirus and its impacts. To speed up the process of Parliament accessing relevant research expertise, they are creating a COVID-19 Outbreak Expert Database. If you know any researchers who have any expertise relating to the COVID-19 outbreak or its impacts, please encourage them to get in touch with us by email at SEP@theiet.org.

Now that UK schools are now closed, the IET has made its range of free home learning teaching resources and activities for Key Stage 1 and 2 children including lesson plans, handouts and videos freely available. Engage your child and keep them busy and learning about the exciting world of engineering and technology while their school is closed.

Please regularly visit our social media channels where we will share the Government’s latest updates and requests for support on COVID-19.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

To maintain the safety of our members, volunteers, staff and everyone we work with, we have taken the decision to cancel or postpone ALL IET events until the end of June. We are monitoring the rapidly changing situation and will provide further updates when we have them. If you have any queries, please contact events@theiet.org or view the more detailed statement on the IET homepage.