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Students transform the look of the river bank

DMU photo01[1]Square Mile volunteers are improving the look of the area around the River Soar in Leicester as part of a canal clean-up project, writes Square Mile Engagement Intern, Wing Cheng.

Volunteers have removed the weeds and leaves on the stairs along River Soar, which has made the area easier to access and more welcoming for local residents.

The “before-and-after” photos show the transformation of the site after just one week! Continue reading

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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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

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

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 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.

“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

Pharmacy students ready to answer diabetes questions this summer

These DMU staff and students are ambassadors for Diabetes UK

DMU Square Mile Diabetes UK student ambassadors will be visiting events across the city this summer to give free advice and support to anyone who has questions about the condition. The project has confirmed at least eight fetes and festivals where the team of DMU staff and students will be on hand to share their knowledge. The project is part of a unique collaboration between staff and students in DMU’s School of Pharmacy and national charity Diabetes UK to support people with types 1 and 2 diabetes and to help identify some of the estimated 3,100 people in Leicester who are living with the condition but do not know they have it.

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Law students create a new and exciting project to inspire our lawyers of tomorrow

Week 1We are current law students at De Montfort University taking part in a legal project with DMU Square Mile write Amna Manor and Yasmin Mohamed. Our challenge is to create a project that gives young students a better understanding of the legal world with hopes that they will aspire to become tomorrow’s lawyers. In order to fulfill this challenge our initial ideas involved using innovative methods that will both educate and entertain students.

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