BANGOR University officials say it is "responding directly" to help the Health Service and the local community deal with the current Coronavirus crisis.

Among other steps being taken, the University is offering its Hall of Residence as accommodation for NHS staff at this moment in time.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Iwan Davies, said: "This is a very difficult time, and as well as continuing to educate students online, we have been responding directly to support the front line as they deal with the crisis.”

Amongst the steps being carried out by the University are:

  • Collecting suitable PPE for the NHS
  • Research into the extent of Covid-19 transmission into waste treatment facilities.
  • Producing hand sanitiser.
  • Made available specialist laboratory equipment to analyse samples.
  • Providing up-skilling training in critical care for NHS staff.
  • Provide specialist respiratory physiotherapy training for NHS staff.
  • Make available facilities for blood donation.
  • Promoting volunteering amongst staff and students.
  • Work with partners across North Wales to produce visors for health service staff using 3D printing methods.

Professor Davies added: "We will continue to work with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and other partners over the coming weeks and months as we all rise to this significant challenge."