Do you fancy being a stand-up comic?


Heard the one about a frustrated accountant, a mum dealing with her teenage daughter’s angst and a graphic designer who wanted to live on a spaceship? Probably not – but they are among the previous participants of DMU Square Mile’s free comedy training over the past few years.

In preparation for  Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2016 the lessons – in Stand-up are starting again. The free sessions run weekly, leading up to a show at the Leicester Comedy Festival on February 12th 2016.

The training follows on from the success of the Square Mile Smiles comedy showcase and Whose Square Mile is it Anyway? shows over the past three years.

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IT4Free sessions continue to successfully support local residents

IT4Free began again this month with Square Mile volunteers providing basic IT training to communities around Leicesterwrites DMU Square Mile reporter, Tim Ince.

The sessions, which take place at Woodgate Resources Centre and Fosse Neighbourhood Centre on Wednesdays (1:45-3:45pm) and Tuesdays (9am-noon) respectively, aim teach a variety of core computer skills.

Thomas Bannister, 20, a supervisor of the scheme and second year Computer Science student, said: “So far everyone has said the sessions really helped them so it has been really successful.” Continue reading

Search is on for employees of wartime factory

Supermarine_Spitfire_F_Mk_XIIs_of_41_SqnFormer workers at one of Leicester’s secret wartime munitions factories are being sought to join in a special commemorative event on Remembrance Day.

The Venue@DMU is De Montfort University’s new events centre but the building has a long and surprisingly varied history in Leicester. It was opened in 1909 as the Boulevard Rink Company Limited to accommodate the newest sporting craze to hit Edwardian Britain – roller skating, or ‘rinking’ as it was known. However it played a key role in the First and Second World Wars. During the First World War, the building served as the perfect space for drill sessions and training of new recruits, who were stationed just down the road in the barracks within the Newarke (where the DMU’s Hugh Aston stands today).  Continue reading

Square Mile volunteers get to know their local community

Social Media Cafe 5A hot lunch and a range of thought provoking discussions were on offer at the Leicester Centre for Integrated Living’s weekly Social Media Café last Friday 23 October, writes DMU Square Mile reporter, Tim Ince.

LCiL, on Andrews Street, teamed up with DMU Square Mile volunteers for the event to provide visitors with talks from Seven Trent Water and the police, as well as a meal from The Real Junk Food Project Leicester.

John Coster, the project manager for LCiL, said: “We had a good turn out today and it is great to see volunteers and people from the community immersing themselves. Continue reading

DMU Square Mile hosts Zinda Bhaag film Premier with award-winning special guests

photo 2[1]De Montfort students had the chance to quiz an award winning co-director and producer on Thursday 22 October, when Square Mile screened their film Zinda Bhaag writes DMU Square Mile reporter, Tim Ince.

The film, which was followed by a Q&A, translates as ‘run for your life’ and follows the Pakistani obsession with migrating to Europe through the eyes of three men.

Meenu Gaur, co-director of the Oscar entry film, said: “The event was fantastic and I am really happy to have shown the film here. Continue reading

Canal Clean-up success & it’s just the beginning!

canalA canal clean-up took place this week as De Montfort volunteers got involved in an ongoing project to tidy Leicester’s waterways writes DMU Square Mile reporter,Tim Ince.

The program, run by the Canal and River Trust along with DMU Square Mile, aims to make the canal a more attractive place for people and wildlife alike.

Tom Freeland, 41, the Volunteer Co-ordinator for the Canal and River Trust, said: “This is an opportunity to getting involved in taking an area that gets a bit of punishment, that suffers from people dumping rubbish or vandalism and making it somewhere people care about.” Continue reading

Research Participants Wanted!

Do you regularly use a smart phone, such as an iPhone or Galaxy? Do you use it for more than just calls and texts?  Have you heard of ‘Internet of Things’?

If you are aged between 18 and 85 years, are interested in finding out more, and willing to share your views over coffee and cake, please sign up for one of our 4 focus groups in the next couple of weeks!

  • Weds 28 October @ 4.30pm to 6pm
  • Tues 3 November @ 4.30pm to 6pm
  • Weds 4 November @ 5.30pm to 7pm
  • Thurs 5 November @ 5.30pm to 7pm

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