Lydia Black, a sixth form student at Hull Collegiate, said: "It’s great that through this project my fellow team members and I have been able to use our newfound free time to help others despite being stuck at home.
“I can certainly speak for the whole of my team when I say that this project has not only helped others protect themselves as we enter a new phase of lockdown, but has also helped us.
"Through contacting different businesses, companies and key workers, it has given us major organisational and communicative skills, as well as the obvious buzz of helping others.
“It has also encouraged me to become more active when it comes to other volunteer work, so when the next opportunity to help comes around, I will certainly say yes after this experience.
“I am so grateful to have been given such an amazing platform by Hull University that has allowed me help many people in my local area."
The project also gives these sixth formers interested in studying business or engineering as a degree an early taste of the kind of learning experience offered at University.
Dr Walkley said: “A distinctive feature of Hull University Business School is that it uses an authentic business learning approach, so students are given opportunities to apply their learning to live projects like this PPE project.
“This enables students to develop important 21st-century skills such as working in online teams and project management.
“Likewise, the Engineering team believes in giving students hands on experience to enable them to develop the skills needed to enter this exciting industry by working with clinicians and in a laboratory setting.”
More than £80,000 has been raised for the project from a University of Hull appeal to fund additional materials to meet high demand for the face shields from the NHS and other healthcare organisations in the region.
Over 1,000 donations from businesses, graduates, staff, students and friends of the University have been made.
The University received a very generous donation of £50,000 from a trust fund established by AB Graphic International Ltd, a Bridlington company – which directly funding 25,000 face shields that will be donated free to NHS and healthcare workers.