Welcome to stories of Covid. This project aims to collect QMU staff and student experiences of living through the pandemic and create a legacy of stories.

Everyone has a story to tell about their experiences of living through these strange times. You may be a student, a lecturer, or a member of support staff at QMU. 

Please watch this introductory video from our Principal Sir Paul Grice, which outlines the project

Trauma Trivia Joy

We want to hear your stories, under the key themes of Trauma, Trivia, Joy. Stories/experiences could take many forms:

 - Make a short video

 - Write a story/blog/diary/poem

 - Discuss an image

 - Alternatively, choose your own medium.

Once we have gathered these experiences we will be asking for volunteers from within the QMU community to help co-create a narrative that can be shared.

Here's our very own Kath MacDonald with an example reading "Mask", as featured on this page.


Click the following button to upload to our secure dropbox:
1. Your story
2. Your consent form

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Deadline: Sunday 16 August 2020.

Guidance for submissions

Who is this project for?

This project is open to all staff and students at QMU

What is the project about?

We want to hear your experiences of what it’s been like over the last few months living in these times of COVID 19. Perhaps you are a student in placement, or a staff member/student adapting to online teaching and learning. Perhaps you are socially isolating or shielding with another. We want to hear your stories: positive and less positive. We are theming stories under 3 themes: Trauma, Trivia, Joy.

What do you mean by stories and how would I submit these?

Stories can take many forms, you may submit a written story, a poem, or talk about a photograph or a news headline that was meaningful. You might also make a video that tells your story, individually or with another person. Please see the guidance and mind map for suggestions and instructions on stories of covid.

All material needs to be submitted to our secure online platform. The deadline for this is Sunday 16th August 2020.

What will happen to my “story”

We will take all the individual “stories” and try to put these together to form a collective story that reflects our participants’ range of experiences during these times.  To put together a collective story we will be inviting students and/or staff (about 8-12 people) to get involved in stage 2 of the project, (see Information sheet 2) this requires a second consent form.  This story will be showcased at QMU in Semester 1 or 2 of the 20/21 Academic year. If at any point in the process you decide that you no longer want to take part in the project or do not want your material to be used you can withdraw from the project without giving an explanation.

What about consent and confidentiality of the material that is submitted?

We have issued some guidance about this (see Guidance for submission form). The submission review is a two stage process, you will be required to sign a consent form and state that you have complied with the guidance for submission. If you are submitting a video of yourself you should understand that you cannot remain anonymous as this may be shared in the public domain. Any other participants in video or other recordings must have also completed a written consent form and understand that they will not be anonymous. Patients/clients should not be recorded. The guidelines give more information on compliance with decency and confidentiality but also about file size and type of file to be submitted, and instructions for submission. Data will be stored for 3 years after completion of the project to allow us to publish this. In compliance with GDPR guidance We will only use your data for the purpose of this project.

You are required to read information sheet 1, and sign consent form stage 1.

What will happen to the collective story?

You and any third parties will be asked to complete a consent form at the time of submission to our online platform (stage 1 of the project,).  If you want to volunteer to take part in stage 2 of the project you can read Information sheet 2 and complete a second consent form adding your contact details. We will then select 8-12 people, (up to 6 staff and 6 students from different disciplines) at QMU to work together to produce a collective story. This is likely to be on a first come first serve basis, but it is unlikely that we would choose 2 people from the same department to ensure we have a diverse group of staff and students.

We are not sure what form the story will take, it might be an exhibition or a performance or a written story. This will be decided by the group. We hope to be able to showcase this at QMU once the campus reopens. We may also share this in academic publications or at conferences.

What’s in it for me?

There may be no direct benefit in taking part in this project, but it will help to share our collective experience of Covid 19 with others inside and outside of QMU. There will be an opportunity to develop co-design and research skills for those who volunteer for stage 2 of the project (See information sheet 2).  

Who can I contact for more information about the project?

Dr Kath MacDonald: kmacdonald@qmu.ac.uk (Researcher)

Is there anyone else who is independent of the project that I can talk to for support?

For Students: Kirsten Baird (SU): kbaird@qmu.ac.uk

For staff Mary Craig (HR) mcraig@qmu.ac.uk

What is the timeline for the project?

Reminders will go out on social media over the next few weeks.

The deadline for submission is 16th August 2020.

Contact details of the researcher

Name of researcher:   Dr Kath MacDonald


Honorary Lecturer
Division of Nursing, OT & ATs
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Queen Margaret University Drive
East Lothian 
EH21 6UU




Stories of COVID

The Mask

The Mask by Kath MacDonald The mask covers more than the threat of minuscule droplets, cascading through airways, Atom bombs, attacking all in their path tearing at your heart

A quivering lip, badly bitten, from the uncertainty of constantly thinking on your heavy feet, weary, like your pounding heart

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