Student volunteers continue to clean up Leicester’s local River Soar

mmexport1447262139328After successfully picking litter along the towpath in the previous Canal Clean-up sessions, 12 Square Mile volunteers got the chance to start clearing the litter scattered up and down the local River Soar on Wednesday 11th November, writes Square Mile Engagement Intern, Wing Cheng.

Canal clean-up has now reached its fourth successful session out of six. Thanks to the great support from Canal & River Trust and Leicester Council, student volunteers were provided with the unique opportunity to climb on board the canoe and collect the unsightly and harmful litter blocking the waterway. 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

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

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

“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

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

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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