Last week, in a message from Professor David Maguire, Interim Principal and Vice-Chancellor he informed the University of an equipment donation from GRE Principal Investigator, Professor Angus Lamond.

David said, “We are making crucial contributions to society’s efforts to combat COVID-19. This weekend we responded to a call from the Prime Minister to provide vital technology to help expand the national diagnostic testing programme. On Saturday morning the laboratory of Professor Angus Lamond, in the School of Life Sciences, handed over two highly specialised Thermo KingFisher Flex robots to the Royal Navy, for urgent transportation to the first consolidated national diagnostic centre in Milton Keynes. These machines are, in the words of Downing Street officials, like `gold dust,’ so the fact we have been able to provide two so quickly to aid the national effort has been hugely appreciated.”