To fulfil the training requirements for state registration, students are normally required to perform a small research project. George said he "couldn't have chosen a better year to do my placement!"
With a keen interest in programming, George admitted he had gained "a bit of a reputation in my department for always pestering my managers on how to change and improve our IT, so when the opportunity to develop a program based on COVID-19 testing arose, I instantly accepted."
There is a lot of trial and error involved in the work, which can be frustrating, he said, however, "seeing the work you have put in be clinically implemented in a very real way during a public health crisis is a really satisfying experience."
Professor Amanda Broderick, vice-chancellor and president, University of East London, said George's experience has "further highlighted the important and central role University of East London students and staff have played in supporting the NHS, the government and the public at this unprecedented time."
Dr Claudio Scotti, principal lecturer in the department of bioscience, University of East London, said, "George was recognised for his outstanding contribution to COVID-19 testing at the Royal London Hospital.
"According to our placement link there, 'George is a bit of a celebrity. He was instrumental in getting our SARS-CoV-2 PCR up and running. He did all the wet work, postponing his Friday off so that we could get testing.'"
Dr Scotti added, "I'm super proud of him."
The lecturers and staff at the University of East London who facilitated his placement - aimed at developing practical skills and gaining the vital experience he will need in preparation for future employment - have been incredibly supportive, George said.
The team at the Royal London Hospital have always shown him "great respect by listening to my ideas, involving me in projects and generally making me feel like a valued part of a team."
"For any prospective students who have the opportunity to go out on placement with the university, I simply can't recommend it enough."