Foxes fans remain optimistic despite rough season

The King Power Stadium will witness five crucial games as the season's end draws near

The King Power Stadium will witness five crucial games as the season’s end draws near

 

By Mark Sheppard

Leicester City fans still believe their team can avoid relegation from the Premier League as the football season draws to a close.

Having won their last two games against West Ham and West Brom, Leicester have given themselves a fighting chance to complete the great escape.

They have been bottom of the league since November and after the success of last season, fans have had their expectations dashed with a challenging return to the top flight.

Louis Wassell, 18, said: “I had high hopes after last season but I think most fans were a bit naïve. I’ll be happy to not finish bottom now.”

Although the team has lacked a cutting edge, the feeling around the club has been that they have been unfortunate, and with decisions going against them it seems the results were not reflective of the team’s performances.

Tom Reeve, 19, said: “We have played good football all year and even other managers such as Wenger said we are a good team.”

The two consecutive victories have given both fans and players the belief that they can evade relegation, something which looked a much more difficult task several weeks ago.

This belief is evident in the increasing positive atmosphere that surrounds the King Power Stadium each week.

Matt Williamson, 27, said: “I would have taken fourth bottom by one goal if I’m honest. It has been frustrating watching them knowing how good we can be.”

Leicester have seven games remaining, five of which are at home starting with the match against Swansea City on Saturday.

Mr Williamson said: “If we beat Swansea on the weekend we’re in a great position. Win that and I think we’ll stay up.”

With more games to play and a smoother run in than any other team, Leicester City are in a promising place to escape relegation in what looks to be an exciting end to the season.

DMU students enhance their employability opportunities

Simran's photoBy Simran Gill

Opportunities are available to De Montfort University (DMU) students to strive for success when being a Student Ambassador or a Course Representative.

The university offers these voluntary and paid opportunities to students whilst studying.

The Brand Ambassador position is there to help fellow students with issues regarding their courses or helping to make any changes to the university. It is a marketing position that allows students to promote DMU.

Vaishali Rasiklal, Brand Ambassador and Course Representative for International Business and Marketing, said: “Being a Brand Ambassador, I take part in tasks, help during open days, organising letters and prospectuses and help during photo shoots.”

This gives students the chance to communicate with people of different ages, working with colleagues and making new friends.

Vaishali added: “The position is really flexible, each task is different and the pay, at £7.85 per hour, is good.”

Vaishali declared: “I’ve gained team-working skills, decision-making skills and improved my co-operative skills. These skills have helped me with my university work, and will reflect in my future career.”

The Course Representative position is similar to a student council, with students from each course and different faculties working together to make student life better.

Vaishali said: “I like how we can make decisions in order to improve student life, for example moving deadlines for certain modules and assignments.”

This is a voluntary position, helping to improve yourself as a person and other students’ lives.

Vaishali stated: “The difference between both positions is that Brand Ambassador is working with potential students, whilst Course Representative is working with current students.”

This is a really good opportunity for students to improve their confidence and people skills, as well as getting the desired experience for future jobs.

For further information about being a Course Representative visit: https://www.demontfortstudents.com/getinvolved/reps/ and for more information about being a Brand Ambassador visit: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/dmu-students/your-dmu-experience/how-to-become-a-student-ambassador/how-to-become-a-student-ambassador.aspx

Opportunities overseas with new course

By Simran Gill

De Montfort University has initialised a new International Business BA course set to start in the next academic year, 2015-16.

The course is three years full-time and four years with a placement, and is for students who would like to take placement opportunities abroad gaining knowledge of business overseas.

The entry requirement for this course is 280 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent.

Augustus Mbanasor, a DMU Student Ambassador, said: “The University is getting more internationalised with their courses, which is a good thing because we desired a business degree that caters for international studies overseas.”

The fees for this course are £9,000 for UK and EU students and £11,250 for international students.

International placements are available and there will also be additional qualifications to gain, such as certificates, as well as the degree.

Augustus added: “This business course is different from any other business course the university currently offers, as it is more international as more modules are taught overseas.”

A variety of modules are included on this course such as Global Business, Financial Decision Making, European Business Issues and International Marketing.

There was a demand for this course, therefore the university is now offering this course so it can be recognised more internationally.

Augustus stated: “Being part of the panel, working on this validation was really good. It wasn’t at all intimidating as I had to talk to the program leader, deputy head and dean and lecturers from different universities so I asked them questions and got to make decisions about the course.”

There are more courses that were also validated such as Business and Law courses and Media, Film and Journalism courses, and there are still more yet to come.

For further information about this course, visit the website: https://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/courses/undergraduate-courses/international-business.aspx