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The COVID-19 pandemic has put every aspect of society under a harsh spotlight. Some institutions have responded well, acting quickly to reduce the risks faced by the community. 

Hospitals, doctors and nurses around the world have worked bravely and tirelessly, at great personal risk, to fight the disease.

The university sector, often (and often correctly) viewed as hidebound and sclerotic, moved rapidly to stop classes, shift to online teaching and (slightly more belatedly) direct all academic and administrative staff to work from home.