University unveils permanent mural honouring students who helped the NHS during the pandemic

Over 300 students from the University of Surrey were deployed during the first wave of the pandemic.

Matt Bodell
9 July 2021
University of Surrey COVID Mural

The University of Surrey says the mural honours the dedication of its students.

A new commemorative mural has been unveiled at the University of Surrey to honour the dedication and compassion shown by final-year nursing, paramedic and midwifery students who helped fight the COVID-19 pandemic across the UK.


Over 300 students from the university were deployed during the first wave of the pandemic, each playing an integral role in the NHS’s ongoing service to the nation.

The new commemorative mural celebrates students who went into paid placements, organised in conjunction with NHS England and Health Education England, for the final part of their degree programme.

Supporting the NHS.

These Surrey students were employed as part of the healthcare workforce to support colleagues across various settings, assisting with the care of patients suffering from COVID-19.


All 2020 final-year students rose to the challenge and completed their professional qualification and degree whilst also working full-time.


The mural, which features a rainbow to symbolise the message of hope in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, is located in the reception area of the Kate Granger building, home of the School of Health Sciences.

Professor Melaine Coward, Head of the School of Health Sciences, and Lizzie Rodulson, University of Surrey nursing graduate and Students’ Union President, unveiled the mural.

Professor Melaine Coward, said: “Our Surrey students are fantastic role models for all health science students. I would like to extend my thanks to every one of them who used their skills and knowledge to help both healthcare staff and patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.


“I am so proud of these students, who supported their colleagues in the most unprecedented circumstances when it was desperately needed. I hope that the rainbow mural lifts people’s spirits but also reminds us of how we can achieve great things by working together.”

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