Alumni response to Covid-19

Published on 12 May 2020

Stories of our alumni going above and beyond during the Covid-19 pandemic

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Dr Sammy Chan, Hong Kong, PhD in Concrete Technology & Construction, Class of 1988

Dr Sammy Chan’s company, Wong and Cheng Consulting and Engineering is working with China State Construction Co Ltd in the building of medical quarantines in Hong Kong. In the last month alone, they have designed and built 380 quarantine wards and are set to complete the remaining 500 in the next couple of weeks.

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Dr Sammy Chan, Wong and Cheng Consulting and Engineering, Hong Kong

Prince Chinwe Akarolo, Nigeria, MSc International Oil and Gas Management, Class of 2011

Motivated by the desire to help his community at a time of lockdown in Nigeria, Prince delivered food items to his community in Port Harcourt over the Easter weekend. 

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Prince Chinwe delivering food in Nigeria

Dr Sin-Ming Ip, Hong Kong, BSc Microbiology and PhD Biochemistry, Class of 1978, 1986

In partnership with academics and vets at Hong Kong University, Medical Scientific Officer, Dr Sin-Ming, is currently investigating the impact of Coronavirus on pets after a number of reported cases of Covid-19 among certain species.

Dr Saleyha Ahsan, UK, MBChB Clinical Medicine, Class of 2006

Emergency doctor and journalist, Saleyha, has been reporting from the frontlines of the battle against Covid-19 in our NHS wards. Last month, Saleyha featured in BBC Radio 4’s Inside Health documentary from her own ward in Bangor, Wales, giving listeners an insight into how the NHS was preparing staff to deal with the pandemic.  She has also made a film for Channel 4 called ‘What's It Like to Catch Coronavirus?’, which follows the lives of five people as they battle the disease.

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Saleyha Ahsan, graduate, emergency doctor and journalist

Singaporean alumna and her daughter

A graduate from Singapore and her daughter who is a current student, have donated a total of 575 face masks to the University of Dundee.  Travelling over 8,000 miles, these masks are a much needed resource that will be used across the campus and the Dundee community.

Mary-Jane Duncan, UK, BSc Environmental Science and Geography, Class of 1999

Owner of Kitchsnbake Cafe, Mary-Jane, has been baking and delivering yummy goods for NHS workers at Ninewells. She has been posting many of her recipes on her social media channels for her followers to try. Mary-Jane has also set up a stall where you can donate to the local foodbank in exchange for eggs and a rainbow drawing.

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Kitchsnbake scones

John Brown, Diploma Mental Health Nursing, Class of 2005

Director in an events production company and former nurse, John, answered the call to return to the NHS. John has now donned his uniform and returned to the wards to help in the fight against Covid-19.

John Brown, Mental Health Nursing graduate, in scrubs

John Brown, Mental Health Nursing graduate


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