Meet the engineer paving the way for women and BAME science students | Wales

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A Swansea engineer is helping to inspire other women and black, asian and minority ethnic (BAME) science students after forming a pioneering support network.

Dr Youmna Mouhamad first moved to the UK from France to study a masters in physics, but out of 20 people on her course, she was one of only two women and the only person of colour.

Within that environment – and like many from minority groups – she says she struggled to reach her full potential. It’s known as the attainment gap – a problem that is all too common.

“It’s not that the students are not able to perform – the environment doesn’t create the right environment for them to succeed,” Dr Mouhamad said.

“My grade was significantly lower than what I had been doing previously and I didn’t know who to speak to.”

Dr Youmna
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Contact tracing: New NHS COVID-19 app launches in England and Wales

The UK National Health Service’s (NHS) official COVID-19 contact-tracing app has been launched across England and Wales following months of delays.

Available from today on the Apple App Store and Google Play, the NHS COVID-19 app uses Bluetooth technology to detect whether someone has come into contact with another person who has reported COVID-19 symptoms.

Encounters are recorded by the app so that if someone later reports being COVID-19 positive, other people they have come into close contact to are alerted.

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These people will then be instructed to self-isolate for 14 days. The app features a countdown clock that will show users how long they must remain at home for and will help them book a free COVID-19 test from the NHS.

A QR code scanner is also included in the new NHS COVID-19 app, which smartphone owners can use

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NHS Covid-19 app: England and Wales get smartphone contact tracing for over-16s

By Leo Kelion & Rory Cellan-Jones
Technology reporters

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image captionUsers will be told to self-isolate if the app determines they are at high risk of being infected

People living in England and Wales are being urged to download the government’s official contact-tracing app following its official release.

NHS Covid-19 instructs users to self-isolate for 14 days if it detects they were nearby someone who has the virus.

It also has a check-in scanner to alert owners if a venue they have visited is found to be an outbreak hotspot.

Anyone over the age of 16 is being asked to install the app onto their smartphone.

That is a change from trials, which were limited to the over-18s.

The move reflects a desire by health chiefs for the software to be used by as many students in

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England and Wales get smartphone contact tracing for over-16s

Users will be told to self-isolate if the app determines they are at high risk of being infected
Users will be told to self-isolate if the app determines they are at high risk of being infected

People living in England and Wales are being urged to download the government’s official contact-tracing app following its official release.

NHS Covid-19 instructs users to self-isolate for 14 days if it detects they were nearby someone who has the virus.

It also has a check-in scanner to alert owners if a venue they have visited is found to be an outbreak hotspot.

Anyone over the age of 16 is being asked to install the app onto their smartphone.

That is a change from trials, which were limited to the over-18s.

The move reflects a desire by health chiefs for the software to be used by as many students in further education colleges and universities as possible.

The age limit is in line with the Protect Scotland contact-tracing app. And health chiefs behind

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COVID-19 smartphone app finally launches in England and Wales

LONDON (Reuters) – England and Wales launch a COVID-19 smartphone app on Thursday, allowing users to trace contacts, check the local level of risk and record visits to venues such as pubs, four months after the technology was promised to the public.

The NHS COVID-19 app comes as Britain braces for a second wave of infections, with daily cases numbers rising at rates not seen since the peak of the pandemic and a testing system unable to cope with demand in many areas.

The government had said a COVID-19 app would arrive in May, but early trials were dogged by problems, and developers abandoned home-grown technology in favour of Apple and Google’s model in June.

As the delay lengthened, the government downplayed the importance of smartphones in fighting COVID-19, saying that rather than an app being central to the test and trace system, it was “the cherry on the cake”.

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