Staff and students travel to Malawi to help teach children

MalawiThis week DMU staff and students flew to Malawi, South-eastern Africa to gain valuable experience in teaching and help make a difference to the lives of many children living in the Tilinanu Orphanages & Foster Care Homes.

Working alongside charity Love, Support, Unite, staff and students will be given the opportunity to further research and understand the Malawi education curriculum. Many students attending the trip are preparing for their final-year of study at DMU and this experience will offer a fresh perspective to help shape research interests and potentiality form the basis of a study.

The #DMUglobal trip aims to enable the students to enhance skills taught on their courses and provide them with a strong foundation for when  it comes to applying for a PGCE qualification or future career opportunities. Continue reading

DMU Nursing students help school pupils learn First Aid

IMPSOver the past few weeks, DMU Nursing students have been going into local Leicester schools to teach school children the importance of first aid safety by using their skills taught during their studies at university.

Last week alone, over 250 school children took part in our Injury Minimisation Programme for Schools project (IMPS). Once the sessions have come to a close for this academic year, nearly 500 school children will have been trained in basic First Aid.

DMU students work with academics at the university  to create fun and interactive presentations to really get the children thinking about their actions during an emergency situation.  Continue reading

Kestrels’ Field Primary School get creative with DMU students & artist Inkquisitive

IMG_8327300 school children have had the incredible opportunity to explore art and design through innovative workshops which spanned across Year 2 through to Year 6 children.

The two-day workshops were led by DMU Masters and PhD students from the School of DesignThe students developed their own personalised activities to take into the school and share with the pupils based around their individual research areas.

The pupils at Kestrels’ Field Primary School teamed up with the DMU students alongside a guest visit from inspiring artist Inkquisitive to experience creativity outside the curriculum and get to grips with the notion of mixing technology with art.

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DMU student raises awareness for Refugee Week in local school

refugeeAs part of refugee week local school, Glebelands Primary is encouraging their pupils to experience what life may be like for refugees.

Through working with our Refugee Support Programme, we were able to provide Glebelands with a student led workshop delivered solely in Italian. The pupils had to try and interpret what second year medical student, Tabassuma Akramul, was teaching them about the human body.

The aim was to give the children an insight into what it may feel like for child refugees coming to a country and not understanding the language. Glebelands Primary School have proudly been certified the first school of sanctuary in Leicester due to their incredible support for all refugees. Continue reading

Launch of pioneering Young Dementia Ambassador Programme

DMU Senior Lecturer Chris Knifton has successfully 2016-06-20-PHOTO-00000015
delivered Dementia Awareness Training to over 300 staff and students at the university. Alongside this, Chris has now set his goals to raising awareness of dementia amongst young people across the city through his newly launched Young Dementia Ambassador Programme.

Amongst many of his impressive accolades, Chris is one of the few specially trained Dementia UK Admiral Nurses in the country and as a result, he has designed training sessions to provide practical advice and support in caring for someone with dementia.

During the classes delivered at DMU, attendees learn about the condition and consider how they can use their skills, experience and knowledge to help raise awareness of dementia and help people with the condition.  Chris has adapted his training session for an audience of young people and collaborated with fellow colleague and senior lecturer in Product Design, Nick Rowan to fully engage pupils throughout local Leicester schools. Continue reading

Stokeswood Primary School win trip to London for Play Dough Project

Playdough 2Local schools from across Leicester took part in our annual investment game, the Play Dough Project, led by DMU Accounting and Finance senior lecturer, Aaron Toogood and students.

The project is aimed at enabling school children to understand the notion of gain and loss on the stock market through incorporating elements of maths into an exciting investment game.

Stokeswood Primary School participated against 9 other local schools and earlier this month they were proudly titled our 2016 Play Dough winners and won the trip to down London to visit the Bank of England and the renowned London Science Museum.

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Find out about our pioneering partnership with Diabetes UK

Diabetes UK and Square Mile agreement signingEarly this year, De Montfort University signed a partnership with Diabetes UK to enable the two organisations to work together towards tackling diabetes across Leicester City.

This pioneering partnership enables DMU students to be fully trained by Diabetes UK and become certified Community Champions. 50 students have took part in the training scheme this academic year (2015/16) and as a result they have successfully ventured out into the local communities across the city to raise awareness of diabetes and risk assesses people for Type 2 diabetes. Continue reading

DMU students help transform Leicester Prison garden into a commemorative space for staff

2016-06-14-PHOTO-00000001DMU students have helped to transform the entrance of Leicester Prison into a commemorative space for beloved staff members. The entrance of the prison is home to a garden area that had become overgrown and disused. Governor, Phil Novis, was keen to change the space into an area where staff and visitors could pay their respects to staff members of the prison through creating a new memorial seating area.

After recently finishing their exams and assignments, students were eager to volunteer for the gardening project and unearth their green fingers. De-weeding and up-rooting took place on Tuesday (14 June) and today (16 June) students have re-visited the prison ready to lay down fresh plants and jet-wash the memorial area.

The gardening project is set to be one of many projects between DMU and Leicester Prison with the aim to provide students with unique volunteering opportunities that will positively enhance various elements of prison life for staff and inmates. Continue reading

Making it Happen Symposium: Discover different approaches to making & creating new art work

Patterned Figure 4A day symposium hosted by De Montfort University Fine Art Department and Leicester Print Workshop is set to take place next Tuesday (June 21) in Hugh Aston, Room 0.10. Through interviews and panel discussions, audience members will be invited to explore different approaches to making and creating new art work.

The day will comprise of four illustrated interviews which will investigate the process of creating a new series of work, from conceiving the idea through to making and presenting.

The Making It Happen symposium is part of a programme of exhibitions and events hosted by Small Print Leicester and will take place from 10:00am – 4:00pm, followed by exhibition evenings across the city until 8:00pm.

Ticket prices for the event are £5.00 each with the money received being donated to charity. The day is set to explore and discover exciting aspects surrounding the world of art and provide audience members with the opportunity to witness various processes that artists undertake to achieve their visions.

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Participants needed for PhD asthma and exercise study

InhalersDMU student Zainab Yusuf is currently conducting research for her PhD in Health Studies and looking for participants to take part in her study. Her work focuses on sport, exercise and asthma in the South Asian community.

The study aims to explore physical and psychological barriers that an individual may encounter by investigating cultural and religious beliefs towards sport, exercise and asthma and more notably, how these might influence the self-management of asthma.

If you would like to your voice opinions regarding the subject matter, then please consider taking part in this study.
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