Students offered once in a lifetime opportunity at BBC Radio Leicester

LucyCollinsBy Bethan Head and Katrina Chilver

A BBC radio professional visited De Montfort University today to give students tips on getting work with the broadcasting giant and an insight into the industry.

Lucy Collins, programme editor at BBC Leicester, visited the university as part of Employability Week which aims to give students experience and knowledge in how to get their dream career.

Lucy said: “Above everything else I want enthusiasm, hard work and ideas, if you have them then you are laughing.”

De Montfort University has strong links with the local broadcaster and makes a number of valuable placements with them available to students.

She said: “I would say it’s the lifeblood of what we do, if we don’t find young talented people then we are not doing our job.”

Lucy took this opportunity to announce a new radio production placement for August 2015.

“This is a really good place to find people, having the partnership with DMU means we have some people who are already interested and have some experience if not lots of experience and lots of enthusiasm and knowledge of the industry,” added Lucy.

The person who is awarded the placement will be ‘somebody with lots of ideas’ who can demonstrate a good knowledge of BBC Radio Leicester, their website and BBC East Midlands Today.

Lucy added: “I want somebody hard working who can offer something out of the ordinary.”

Last year three students were taken on for summer placements, as the broadcaster was so impressed with the applications, Amit Nathwani who graduated from DMU with a degree in Business and Management with Media and Communications in July completed the placement last summer.

He said: “I found my time at Radio Leicester really enjoyable. Everyone was friendly and willing to answers any question I had. My time there gave me valuable experience in a real life newsroom.

“The knowledge I gained from my two weeks there has helped me in my Masters course in Broadcast Journalism at Cardiff University.”

Lucy added: “They have been fantastic. The level of ability and the quality of work we got from the people last year was very impressive. We only planned to take one student last year but we were so impressed we took three.

“If we get brilliant applications this year we wouldn’t rule out taking more than one.”

The experience will provide a variety of opportunities from interviewing to script writing and Lucy says that there is the chance to specialise in different areas of interest.

She added: “There’s the chance to do anything and everything if people want to. If people have specific areas they are interested in, then I am very happy to build that in to the plan.”

If you are interested in applying for the placement, all the information is available at

Leicester businesses fear demolished council buildings could implode trade


Nanabi Russell of A & B Cabs

By Andrew Clark

Businesses close to the demolished Leicester Council offices are concerned about how the landmark site will be developed in future.

In the aftermath of the two buildings’ destruction on Sunday, traders are worried the previous short-term loss of council workers could lead to a long-term business crash.

Alyson Mee, a shop assistant at The Bakery, said: “If you put student flats here, the businesses will go down here, as they’ve not got the money to keep local businesses going.

“We need something that is good for the economy and creates more jobs.”

She believes that replacing the council buildings with other types of offices will replace recently lost trade due to the council’s move away from the site.

Alyson said: “Putting offices in would attract more businesses – you’re going to get more workers who need feeding.”

Nanabi Russell, a book-keeper for A & B Cabs, shares Alyson’s philosophy.

Nanabi said: “Personally we don’t want to see another supermarket, not another high rise building such as flats.”

However, he disagrees that a lack of offices would be a problem, believing that food and drink outlets could attract more people from the city centre.

Nanabi said: “It would be nice to have an attraction to bring in people from outside, some coffee or wine bars, something different, as this side has no business at all. Something to benefit the whole of Leicester.”

Rita Vadoliya, a manager at an Independent corner store on Welford Road, agrees more could be done to bring in those from the Highcross area.

Rita said: “Something that entertains would bring the customers this side from the Highcross side, because the town centre is always busy on a weekend, but usually there aren’t many people on this side.”

Drawing in young people to the area should also be a priority according to the store manager.

Rita said: “It should be something to do with youngsters, although we’ve already got a gym on Welford Road.”

A Fairtrade event is set to appeal to young people

fair-trade-300x300By Nathan Rodrigues

A city eco-movement is targeting children through an activity day to raise awareness, at the end of the month.

Leicester Fairtrade group will have a variety of stalls and cupcake decorating for children at the event in St. Martin’s Square on Saturday February 28.

The founder of Just Fairtrade, Sarah Shepherd, explained that they are continuously organising events and activities to inform people about the work of Fairtrade.

She said: “Many young people get into it because they tend to understand the concept of justice, and things not being fair, and like the idea of Fairtrade in principle.” In addition to this cupcake stall, there will be short clips and videos shown which will focus on the stories of farmers and producers who are supported by the Fairtrade movement.

Ms Shepherd explained that such events and activities will inform people about the work and values of the movement, with the recent launch of an event to increase awareness.

She said: “At the moment, there is an organised trail, where people have to identify Fairtrade alphabet letters in different shops, that have been produced by children from different schools, and they have to fill in a form to enter a prize draw.”

Ms Shepherd has visited many schools to inform of them of the movement, and found that they appreciated the work that Fairtrade do.

The organisation is concerned with supporting famers and producers in developing parts of the world, to ensure that they are treated with respect and dignity, in the aspects of their wages and working conditions.

The Leicester Fairtrade group is keen to organise more events and set up stalls, and is targeting young people as well to get involved and back the cause.

For more information about the events or the work of Fairtrade, people can log onto or visit the Just Fairtrade shop on Silver Street, Leicester.


Students are today taking part in a Newsday which will see stories about DMU and Leicester posted on The Leicestershire Press.

Leicester Centre for Journalism Director John Dilley said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for students across all three years of the degree programme and the Post Grads to work together on a live news project.”


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