Surprising political views revealed at European debate event

BY KERRI STEVENSON

‘A surprising number’ of students, staff and members of the public came together yesterday to share their opinions on the significance of the upcoming EU referendum, the implications of a potential Brexit and the future of European integration.

The Great British European Debate yesterday was organised by De Montfort University’s Jean Monnet Centre and the DMU Policy Commission.

The event was held as a part of the Festival of Ideas, which was set up to engage students, members of staff and the general public and to act as a showcase for work completed across the whole university campus.

Head of the department of politics Alasdair Blair, who chaired the event said: “The fact that so many people from the local area attended is in my opinion, a sign of significance of the issues the country is currently facing.europe map

“I was also surprised to discover that the general trend was that the majority of people present were very much pro-European.”

The session was also attended by a range of DMU academics and important figures in the local area, including mayors of Leicester and the surrounding counties and allowed everyone present to air their frustrations and to gain further understanding on the upcoming referendum.

Mr Blair continued: “The event was highly successful in the sense that over 100 people, including students and members of the public attended and this was very rewarding for everyone involved in it’s organisation.”

The event was also a part of 100 ideas for Europe, which was set up last year by staff on the university’s Policy Commission and was created to set out 100 ideas to change Leicester and make a difference to both local and wider communities across the country.

If you have any questions regarding this event or would like any further information, please contact Alasdair Blair on 0116 257 7209 or send an email to ablair@dmu.ac.uk.

De Montfort Pool Team fall in the Eight-ball Championships

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Pool-playing students from De Montfort University put in a great debut performance at the BUCS-UPC Eight-ball Pool Championships, held in Great Yarmouth

At the largest University pool tournament of the year, the team were defeated in the last twenty-four round 6-3 by the 3rd seeds Plymouth 1st.

The debutants finished 2nd in their group featuring University of East Anglia 2nd, Roehampton 1st, University College London 2nd & Birmingham 3rd.

Louis Hatton captained the team of five, with teammates Thomas Aspinall, Samuel Ryding, Stuart Kehoe and Daniel Koster.

Samuel Ryding appreciated the chance given to him by the university, and feels it really helped see where his game could be improved.

“It helped me identify the areas of my game which I need to work on to improve.”

Ryding also believes that the competitiveness helped. He said “To be a part of it [the tournament] in a competitive sense was amazing. It has got me excited about playing more competitively.”

Leaving the EU could leave the University and International students in the unknown

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By Simon Sansome

International students face an uncertain future because of the imminent EU referendum on leaving or staying in the EU.

It is uncertain whether they will be able to have the same freedom to study at DMU, if there is a no vote on June 23, according to Jim Green, DMU Regional Manager for Europe.

Mr Green added: “In common with many other sectors, employers, organisations and individuals, we are currently waiting for the outcome of the referendum to see what the future will bring.”

The government has not drawn up any plans, rules or regulations if the UK leave the EU for international students from the EU and it appears that no one knows the impact it will have on the 1000 plus students already studying at DMU.

He said: “We have over 1000 students from the EU currently enrolled at De Montfort University and we value every one for the benefits they bring to our community.

“There are a number of questions to be asked, including the future of tuition fees and loan eligibility, whether the UK will continue to be a part of the Erasmus+ student and staff mobility programme, and what the arrangements will be for current or new students.”

Kerri Stevenson, 1st year Journalism at DMU said: “Leicester is a multi cultural city and international students play a vital part of the culture. DMU would have less diversity, which would be a shame for the city and university.”