POD use away day to learn about DMU’s work with the community

image_00013De Montfort University’s People and Organisational Development department chose to spend an “away day” with DMU Square Mile. As well as undertaking activities to build their superb team work ethic, the 60-strong staff took time to learn about the work of DMU Square Mile and its activity the local community. This work was undertaken in the Newfoundpool Neighbourhood Centre – a central focus of DMU Square Mile activity. Following a range of staff exercises and a video and presentation from DMU Square Mile manager Mark Charlton, the POD staff broke off in to groups to undertake a treasure hunt across some of the square mile local landmarks in Fosse, Tudor Road and Newfoundpool. Click on the image (top right) for a gallery of the treasure hunt.

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“Mentoring school pupils with DMU Square Mile made my day”

Cancelling this week’s appointments in New College?”Linh that was what I thought on a stressful morning as I failed in persuading my teammates to adopt my ideas and many assignments were waiting for me, writes Thuy Linh Nguyen, MSc International Business and Corporate Social Responsibility at DMU. Opening my academic diary to cancel the appointments, I saw the column “People I’ll meet today” which showed “mentees who need to be seen and given the support they deserve before their exams” and realised that I was in the same situation as the mentees were. Why did I intend to leave them behind? They were waiting for me. They were the mentees whose faces were bright and angelic. At the moment I saw them, I thanked to myself for not cancelling. Back to first time we met, we were all quite nervous.  Continue reading

Robot helps DMU students inspire the next generation of coders

DMU-open-hack-273A new state-of-the-art robot welcomed schoolchildren and visitors to campus as part of De Montfort University Leicester (DMU)’s annual Hackathon. Bought and programmed by DMU, the robot currently named Nao was the focus of a computer programming session held for children in Leicestershire and further afield.  Dr Samad Ahmadi, who heads up the university’s ViRAL research group in the Faculty of Technology said: “It is a very exciting way of learning programming, incredibly dynamic and interactive. “We want to help stimulate interest in, and encourage students to want to learn computer science and programming, a field which is becoming increasingly sought after by employers.” Aidan Mackay, aged 12 from the Isle of Coll, in Oban, Scotland, travelled more than two days to see the robot. He said: “Being here is really good fun. The most impressive thing about the robot is how interactive it is and that it takes in everything you say.”

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Hackathon results in impressive new apps for different groups

DMU-open-hack-279Two days of hard work in our Hackathon event to develop four applications to help cancer patients, homeless, adult care and timebanking initiative came to an end on Sunday evening writes DMU Reader in Optimisation and Computational Intelligence and Principal Lecturer Dr Samad Ahmadi.   Developers from DMU, Leicester University, Microsoft, NHS and other organisations came together with medical professionals and directors and managers from the Leicestershire county council to create another impressive show of working together for the good of society during 15-16th Nov. 2014 during our second Hackathon for health, assisted living, social care and community in De Montfort University.

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Behind the scenes at the big #Raceto1000 event in Leicester

See our amazing #Raceto1000 event with the Rik Basra Leukaemia Campaign from behind the scenes through this film made by DMU DMU-spit-900student Naomi Ediru (pictured) – click on the photo to start the film! Hopefully it will be a reminder of an amazing day. But the work goes on and the next Stem Cell Drive takes place on December 9th. Any one wishing to get involved should email square mile@dmu.ac.uk  In the meantime, enjoy the film of a great day of lifesaving activity at DMU where record 1,000 people were recruited to the UK stem cell register. The Rik Basra Leukaemia Campaign and DMU Square Mile ran #RACETO1000 to try to break the record for the single largest sign-up event ever held in the UK.

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Journalism students to create a newspaper for Newfoundpool

Journalism students are to write stories about life in Newfoundpool to create a newspaper and news website for the community. Two groups from the BA (Hons) and MA courses at DMU are responding to a request from residents to publish articles that challenge perceptions about the area. People in Newfoundpool are also being encouraged to submit news story ideas to be covered by the students. Newfoundpool has faced a number of challenges in recent years. Over the past few months, a group of residents have been working with DMU to create a forum involving representatives of the NHS, Police and city council to work together to overcome some of the issues being faced.

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“I’m helping others on a project that’s relevant to my degree”

Tabby ShahPrior to starting university, I was always told to make the most of my first year by volunteering, gaining work experience relating to my chosen degree, joining societies etc, writes DMU student Tabinda Shah. Therefore, when I came across an email regarding volunteering with the Square Mile project, I, along with two of my friends decided to join. It can be said that at the beginning my only intention was to include some useful volunteering opportunities to my CV, however once again, I was reminded of how much I appreciate participating in such great causes.  Here I am pictured left with my friend Miriam, heading to Play Dough at Mellor Primary!

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Latest Hackathon at DMU bids to find ‘public good’ solutions

DMU open day 16th November 2013 including HackathonCreativity and technology are set to come together this weekend as developers take part in a two-day hackathon at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) to find ‘public good’ solutions to community problems. DMU’s state-of-the-art game studios will be the venue for the event, which will aim to create software solutions to a series of different social challenges.  About 50 students, technology experts and programmers from DMU and from outside the university from as far away as York and Scotland, plus county council staff, will be taking part in the hackathon, which begins at 8.30am on Saturday.

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My placement works with residents to benefit the community

RabMy name is Rabinder Lail and I am a Year 2 student on a Postgraduate Diploma with Professional Qualification in Youth work, Health and Community Development. To complete the course I have to carry out practice hours within my current workplace, which is a Family Support Worker for families with complex and multiple issues. Furthermore I have had to complete alternative hours within a different practice, therefore I have become involved with the De Montfort University Square Mile Project. For this placement I will be working with a local group of residents within the Newfoundpool Area in west end of the city. The Newfoundpool forum will look at utilising the local neighbourhood centre to host events and activities that brings the community together and also provides opportunities for local residents to get involved in informal learning.

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Volunteering with Square Mile led me on to my PhD scholarship!

AAMIRHEREIn a nutshell Square Mile literally changed my life, writes PhD student Aamir Hussain. It gave me the opportunity to help others, improve my own self in so many different ways, and increase my employability skills. It is because of Square Mile that I underwent a dramatic 18 month transformation from a very inexperienced nervous student to a well established confident and multi-skilled individual. My journey began volunteering for the diabetes CAM project where I was based at Brennans Pharmacy talking to local diabetics on how they are coping with diabetes, this allowed me to enhance my people and communication skills.

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