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Aurora COVID Student Conference

January 19, 2021


The Aurora COVID Student Conference, which took place on  19th January from 14:00-17:00 (GMT), is an initiative by the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Aurora Vice-Rectors Education.

This was a free virtual conference for students from across all Aurora Universities to hear from and with experts working at Aurora partner institutions who have been active in responding to and researching the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The program included:

14:00 GMT Opening Remarks Prof Neil Ward (UEA, Norwich)
14:10 COVID and The Netherlands Dr Xander Koolman (VU, Amsterdam)
14:50 COVID and student well-being – The Caring Universities project Dr Sascha Struijs (VU, Amsterdam)
15:30 Break
15:45 COVID and the UK Prof Paul Hunter (UEA, Norwich)
16:25 Conference Discussion / Questions from attendees Chaired Prof Neil Ward
17:00 Conference Close


The conference closed with a discussion of the key themes that emerge during the plenary sessions. This conference was organized with the student in mind. Students who are considering a project or dissertation related to COVID, those studying or preparing to study topics related to COVID-19, such as dissertations or other project work, are more than welcome to watch the conference again.

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