press release
Published: 04 May 2020

University of Surrey alumni and international partners donate huge PPE donations to Surrey’s COVID-19 front line

The University of Surrey has donated more than 120,000 items of personal protective equipment (PPE) to healthcare organisations across the county - much of it supplied by former students and international partners. A list of the partner organisations who have donated is included below.


The majority of the equipment has been given to the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford. Other organisations, such as GP surgeries and care homes, have also benefited from supplies such as surgical masks, gowns, gloves, shoe covers and safety goggles.

Patrick Degg, Vice-President, External Engagement at the University of Surrey, said: “When people come to study at the University of Surrey, many stay and make Guildford their home. But those that move on leave with a permanent attachment to the University, the town and the county. It is those connections that have led to these incredibly generous gifts from both former students and our international partners – many of which employ University of Surrey graduates.

“We are proud to have been able to play a small part in protecting those working heroically to tackle the pandemic. This is particularly important to us, as many of our graduates and final year nursing and other healthcare students are themselves working on the NHS front line.”

Thank you to the following organisations for supplying PPE for us to donate locally:

  • China State Shipbuilding Corporation
  • Huawei
  • JIC Investment Co
  • Wuhan University of Science & Technology
  • Tsinghua University
  • Southwestern University
  • Dongying City Municipal Government (twinned with Guildford).

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