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Nominated for Innovation, Science and Technology award

At the start of the Coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, there was a shortage of hand sanitiser. A small team of colleagues from different departments at Swansea University came together to produce World Health Organisation standard hand sanitiser and within 7 days, the first batch was delivered to a local hospital.

The team was able to produce 5,000 litres a week for delivery to local health boards and care homes. The project rapidly grew and required the support of 30 volunteers from across the university. This was on top of the volunteers’ day jobs. They worked closely with local manufacturers to procure the huge quantities of ingredients needed. The manufacturing process was also tweaked and refined with new equipment being built in-house.

The team produced a total of 34,000 litres of hand sanitiser to distribute to the NHS, care homes and public sector organisations.