The initiative is run by the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering and is led by Mr Nichols and his colleague Barbara Zandavali.
The team is using an open-source design. The process includes 3D printing the section of the device that fits the shield to one’s head. The front covering is fashioned with laser cutters. The shields are typically used as an added protection by NHS workers.
Professor Verity Brown, pro-vice chancellor (impact and innovation) said, "Guided by our Vision 2028 strategy, the University is playing a significant and practical role in the fight against Covid-19. Our incredible NHS has shown us such dedication and compassion, it is only right that we play our part and this this technology will have a huge impact on those who need it most."
Mr Nichols said, "We have received support from across the University and we are incredibly thankful for their kind words and support to ensure our safety was the number one priority."