New to DMU!

New to DMU 2Transition into HE can be difficult for anyone writes NNCO Disability Officer, Leanne Herbet,  but for students on the Autistic Spectrum including those with Asperger’s the challenges can be much greater, especially if an individual has decided to move away from home at the same time.

The way AS impacts on an individual’s life varies, but anxiety about change, the confidence about living independently and focus on studies as well as a fear of social isolation are a few potential challenges.

To ease this difficult transition, DMU’s Disability Team recently held a three day residential course at DMU for students expected to commence their HE studies at the end of September 2015, going some way to alleviating fears that students and their parents and carers might have about coming to University. Continue reading

Know your Risk with our Diabetes UK Community Champions

diabetesThe Square Mile Diabetes project is well and truly growing from strength to strength.This year saw twelve DMU students trained to become Diabetes UK Community Champions. Five months on, and they are now fully trained in risk assessing individuals for Diabetes. Through the project, our students volunteer their time to engage with the community and raise awareness about Diabetes. Since the training in April, the Community Champions have attended numerous events in and around Leicester City. Together, with the continuous support of project founders Dr Ketan Ruparelia and Nazmin Juma, the Diabetes project has made a positive impact within the Leicester Community. Continue reading

Help the choir put smiles on faces this year!


The DMU Square Mile Community Choir has just resumed after the summer holiday, writes Square Mile Engagement Intern Wing Cheng. I can see the reason why they called themselves “The SMilers”, in addition to its meaning of “Square Mile”, the smile on everyone’s face during singing makes for a great atmosphere. The choir rehearses every Thursday during term time. Two Chinese students joined the rehearsal for the first time this week. Continue reading

Join our Macmillan Coffee Morning

MacmillCome and join the world’s biggest coffee morning and help raise money to make sure no-one faces cancer alone in Leicester.

Friday September 25 is the National Macmillan Coffee Morning. DMU Square Mile, has teamed together with LCiL (Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living) to support an event at the West End Centre on Andrews Street, Leicester. We will be offering tea, coffee and homemade cake for all to enjoy. Any donations for the refreshments will be passed onto Macmillan.

The day will offer a warm and welcoming environment for the entire Leicester community. You can catch up with old friends and make new ones whilst supporting the campaign.

DMU Square Mile is committed to working with Macmillan to ensure that people facing cancer as well as their families and careers are provided with crucial support. Together we have created the Reach Out Leicester community group. Reach Out Leicester aims to provide opportunities that range from legal advice to IT refresher courses for people affected by cancer. Continue reading

Share your blog with us and be a #DMUblogger

Are you a student or staff member at DMU who loves to blog? Blogging Do you want to share your learning, research, ideas, hobbies or thoughts online? DMU Square Mile is hoping pull together all the blogs being written across the university to create a DMU web of knowledge that is easily accessible for readers and will find new audiences for your writing. We also want to encourage more bloggers. Like everything with DMU Square Mile – bloggers from across the Leicester community are also welcome. DMU Square Mile, supported by the Centre for Enhanced Learning through Technology at DMU will then create a central webpage for all the DMU blogging taking place and promote it to those who can benefit most. Continue reading