“Mentoring is about nurturing and encouraging”

“The huge smile, sparkling eyes and excited wave that greets me is a far cry from the timid, shy, diverted gaze I met 5 months ago, writes DMU student mentor Sarah Clark.DMU mentor scheme at New College. RE: 100th volunteer I resist the urge to embrace my mentee and instead greet her with an enthusiastic smile and wave a certificate I have designed solely for her achievements. She blushes when I explain it is for her growing confidence and when I express how proud I am of her progress, I can tell she’s flattered. You see, in the short time we have grown together I have learnt that mentoring is about nurturing and encouraging, not just academic attainment. As we delve into our routine she hands me a picture she has drawn in Design and Technology and I cannot stress enough to her how talented she is and how impressed I am. Continue reading

“Students reduced charity’s costs with BusinessWorks”

For our DMU Square Mile BusinessWorks project I worked for a charity calledimage001 ‘Pride Alarm, writes Olamide Fetuga, DMU Advertising and Marketing communication student.  The core purpose is to provide home safety alarms for vulnerable elderly and disabled people, and re-branded their existing leaflet by creating an up to date informative one. DMU Square Mile enabled us achieve our target objective by taking care of leaflet production cost and overseeing the outcome of the leaflet. I am very grateful for the service and recommend any student who is working on a charity based project to use their service.  Continue reading

“I’m social media savvy – so I shared my skills!”

DMU-spit-900-300x199On Wednesday, I went to BBC Radio Leicester as a volunteer to work on The Media Trust’s  #somalivoices project with DMU Square Mile manager Mark Charlton. It was a project that allowed people who used different media skills in their work share their skills with a group of Somali Community Leaders. Through my work as a media support officer with DMU Square Mile I was asked to be one of the mentors.
We were given a tour of the BBC building and its recording rooms & utilities by the station editors. Continue reading

“It’s so rewarding to see pupils make progress with reading”

Reading-picAfter graduating in BA Education Studies and English Language (joint honours) from De Montfort University (DMU) in July 2014, I decided I wanted to broaden my knowledge and gain a further understanding of the education sector and its impacts on teaching and learning writes DMU’s Janvi Pala. It was mainly my passion and curiosity that led me to continue my journey in education. Currently, I am a master’s student at DMU studying Education Practice. Alongside my studies, I also work at a community college (age 11-18) in the public relations department, but my main contact with students comes from my voluntary work at the school.  I do academic mentoring with the year 11s and most importantly, I have been a part of the reading intervention called ‘paired reading’ for nearly three years; this is through the DMU Square Mile, who have always been very supportive and enthusiastic about my volunteering throughout my time at DMU. Last year I was awarded with the Inspirational Student Award for paired reading! Continue reading

Work behind the scenes at one of the biggest events in Leicester’s history!

richardiiiAn opportunity has arisen to work behind the scenes at one of the biggest events in Leicester’s history. Volunteers are needed for the preparations of the interment of Richard III at Leicester Cathedral. The Friends of St Mary de Castro Church, who have a long-standing partnership with DMU Square Mile, have asked for help from De Montfort University students. They have opportunities for students to work in the Cathedral to play a part in ensuring the building looks stunning for the big day.  Continue reading

“unforgettable and a really valuable experience” #DMUglobal trip to India

DMU Global in Indore IndiaBy Grace Broughton – Final year Nursing student

The recent DMU Square Mile trip to India has been fantastic. I went to India with some fellow students and staff members to help in a washroom project undertaken in a cultural city called Indore in India. Continue reading

Tackling hearing problems with community screenings

WP_20150224_002DavidMy first blog in quite some time (a reflection of how busy we have been!!), writes DMU Square Mile Operations manager David Hollis but I wanted to use my next post as an opportunity to give in insight into one of Square Mile’s projects that has been making a real difference in people’s lives over the past few years, the Free Hearing Screening project. The project began back in 2011, with De Montfort Academics in the department of Audiology initially heading out into community centres across Leicester to provide free screenings to the public, in the process identifying anyone suffering from potential loss of hearing and then referring them onto their local NHS.  Continue reading

Outstanding opportunity to take part in a TEDx event!

TEDx-1024x1024DMU Square Mile has joined forces with organisers of TEDxLeicester to offer six students the change to be part of a creative workshop ahead of a major Tedx talk in the city in April. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a global set of conferences run by the private foundation, under the slogan “Ideas Worth Spreading”. TED was founded in 1984 as a one-off event and has become a worldwide recognised event for sharing knowledge and ideas. This outstanding opportunity would particularly suit those who are passionate about the future of the city. The workshop takes place on Wednesday March 25th from 11.30-7.00 at DMU and is facilitated by local Fellows of the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA).

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