Young football players needed!

Studs finalOne of DMU Square Mile’s community partners, local football team Studs JFC, is recruiting new players for its Under 14s team for the season 2015/16. The club wants to build a new squad for this coming season. If you are a Year 9 pupil in September after the school summer holidays and enjoy football then the team’s coaches want to here from you. Studs JFC train on a Tuesday night between 6:00pm to 7:30pm at Winstanley Community College, Kingsway North, Braunstone, Leicester. LE3 3BD. You must be enthusiastic reliable and committed. If you want a new challenge then please get in contact or get a parent to call Neil Wright for an informal chat on 07969577285 or neilwright7@me.com. One of the club’s teams, Studs United FC (Unders 17s), have seen great success in recent years, winning the league and county cup. DMU Square Mile is proud to continue its support to Studs FC, which provides football opportunities to young people in the West of Leicester.

SMART Update: Are the younger generation being influenced by e-cigarette advertisement?

Chris Odindo - E cigs 2Our latest DMU Academic to join the SMART Project is Dr Chris Odindo. Dr Odindo is a driven and motivated individual, with a clear passion for his work. He has been working within the faculty of Business and Law at De Montfort University since 2009, and has become a respected member of the De Montfort family, achieving two Vice Chancellor Distinguished Teaching Awards.

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#PassItOnLeicester Campaign aims to make Leicester a Lifesaving City!

Rik Basra and Kas Basra, founders of the Rik Basra Leukaemia Campaign

Today, Monday 20th of July 2015, saw inspirational Leicestershire Police Officer Rik Basra launch his latest lifesaving campaign; #PassItOnLeicester. Along with the Anthony Nolan charity, the campaign will become a major drive to raise awareness of blood cancer and encourage individuals to register onto the Anthony Nolan register. Rik and his wonderful wife, Kaz want to demonstrate how easy it is to join the register and potentially save a life. #PassItOnLeicester is going to be their most elaborate campaign to date. Continue reading

Diabetes UK Community Champions continue to raise awareness around Leicester

IMG-20150611-WA0008The awareness event at Pearl Pharmacy was the first event that I had organised so I was quite nervous at first but once I got there I felt quite relaxed writes DMU Pharmacy student and Community Champion, Akila Patel. We set up a table outside the pharmacy and managed to talk to patients visiting the pharmacy. We also approached people walking on the busy road to raise awareness. Since Evington is a largely Asian area, many people were aware of diabetes and willing to talk to us and grab the leaflets we were handing out. Continue reading

Community Choir sing to celebrate opening of local amphitheatre & gardens

DMU Choir 2

The SMilers Community Choir has been rehearsing every week to prepare for their recent gigs in and around Leicestershire. The choir had the privilege of signing outside for two different events. The first event was performed in the warm summer sun at the Natural History Garden Party at Brocks Hill Country Park in Oadby. SMilers joined forces with the Red Leicester Choir to celebrate the opening of Brocks Hill’s brand new amphitheatre. Together they sang the songs from their repertoire such as the Croatian folk song, Plovi Barko. The amphitheatre has been designed with festival-style tiered seating which amazingly, have been created purely of grass. Continue reading

“Paramedics trained me in CPR skills to save lives”

P1[1]I was very new to DMU Square Mile, so when I noticed they advertised a ‘First responder course’ I was very keen to attend, writes  DMU student Christopher Love. I was very interested in this particular course because as a Biomedical student I am well aware in how cardiac arrests can randomly occur in the population and how the actions of the surrounding people can influence patient survival- so in words doing this course could potentially save someone’s life on campus; (The fact that the qualification was valid for three years and it was free was also an incentive!). When I attended the course I was very surprised in how friendly the East Midlands Ambulance paramedics were. Continue reading

Meet the latest Square Mile Team member, Leanne Herbert – Our new NNCO Disability Officer

Leanne Herbet For students, disclosing a disability can be daunting for many reasons.  Perceived stereotypes or personal experiences may prevent individuals, or those advising disabled individuals to inform a university that they are applying to.  Of course for some people like me (I use a wheelchair), it is obvious that I have a disability and that there may be some support or access arrangements to be considered, but what if you have a hidden disability for example, Dyslexia or a Mental Health Condition?  Do you have to disclose a disability? Does hiding it make it easier?  Do individuals experience difficulties having not disclosed? Continue reading

School children learn programming with DMU’s walking, talking, dancing robot, Nao!

Nao robotA team of De Montfort University students visited two local schools to encourage STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mechanics) learning and teach children how to program using a Nao robot. Dovelands Primary School and Montrose Primary School were the first two schools to enjoy a visit from the team and Nao. So far years 4-6 (8-11 year olds) have had an opportunity at programming the robot and we’re looking to expand in the next academic year.  Nao is a small humanoid robot, made by French company Aldebaran that is capable of walking, talking, listening and dancing.

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New law project is ready to inspire and educate school pupils across Leicester

Jasmin Mohamed & Amna MansoorIt has been three weeks now since we have started the Square Mile Law Project and we can now say that we have officially completed designing our initial ideas writes DMU students Jasmin Mohamed & Amna Mansoor.  In order to fulfil our challenge of “creating” tomorrow’s lawyers, we decided to devise certain tasks that  will educate the students in depth about the law. To connect and engage the students, we realised that we needed to present our information in an effective and entertaining way.  Continue reading