Middlesex University is delighted to have been nominated in the UK Businesses Heroes campaign run by the British Chamber of Commerce for the inspiring efforts of staff and students to help the NHS and local community during the pandemic.
The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry chose the university as one its three nominations in the capital from nearly 2,000 members in recognition of the outstanding work that has taken place at Middlesex since the outbreak of the virus earlier this year.
While the university stopped face-to-face teaching in March, staff and students have launched vital research projects, community initiatives and helped in any way possible in the fight against coronavirus.
"From manufacturing over 65,000 NHS face visors, to staff returning to front line nursing, and the contributions they have made to research, Middlesex University have truly gone the extra mile, " Richard Burge, Chief Executive of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The UK Business Heroes nomination form explains the admirable range of practical contributions at Middlesex University including how:
Nic Beech, Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University, said: “This has been an extremely difficult year for students and staff after the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns changed life for everyone.
“We have been determined from the outset to use our wealth of talent and expertise to collaborate with other universities and experts to improve treatments and testing, while supporting our students and staff and ensuring we continue to provide the highest level of education.
“The depth of community spirit and the way people immediately stepped forward to help others in need as the pandemic spread across the country has been truly inspiring.
“Our range of contributions has made me extremely proud. I want to thank all the many workers whose important contributions are sometimes less acknowledged, including our university staff who have continued to work on site in health and safety and facilities, the staff providing support and care online and I’d also like to praise the hundreds of students nurses and academic staff who admirably joined the frontline in an unimaginably tough conditions to help the NHS in its hour of greatest need.
“While 2020 has been perhaps the most challenging year in living memory, it has shown how Middlesex is an institution which is full of community spirt and cares passionately about helping others less fortunate through its academic endeavours and the efforts of staff and students.”
The UK Business Heroes campaign, which was launched to recognise the “incredible work UK businesses are doing in the most challenging of years”, has been featuring various case studies on the British Chamber of Commerce website.
Middlesex University are a valued Patron Member of London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI).
Richard Burge, Chief Executive of the LCCI, said: "We were delighted to nominate Middlesex University for the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) UK Business Heroes Award 2020, in recognition of the hard work and dedication the university, its staff and students have made in the fight against Covid-19.
"From manufacturing over 65,000 NHS face visors, to staff returning to front line nursing, and the contributions they have made to research, Middlesex University have truly gone the extra mile.."