DMU History student reveals why course scores 100 per cent

By Nathan Rodrigues


Following the fantastic news that DMU’s History course received a 100 per cent satisfaction rating from former students in the National Student Survey (NSS), the Leicestershire Press wanted to find out whether the course has managed to keep its current crop of third year undergraduates just as happy so far?

You are probably wondering what a History student, in their penultimate year at DMU, has had to say about the survey results and whether they would agree with their former peers about their course?

Troy O’Neill, 20, fitted the description –a History student, undertaking his final year. He said he was not at all surprised by the complete satisfaction expressed by the former students and agreed with them over the high quality of teaching, as well as support given by the lecturers.

He said: “I’m really not surprised about the positive feedback, as up to now the course certainly includes great modules that are delivered by good quality lecturers.

“The lecturers apply their great expertise to explain the complicated topics very well, while their material is always accessible and practical for revision.”

The NSS asks undergraduates who are in the final year of their particular course to assess their overall academic experience at university, in terms of the teaching, feedback, assessment and more.

DMU’s psychology, journalism, economics, history and English courses were all ranked in their national top 10 for overall student satisfaction.

The university’s History course has also been ranked in the UK’s Top 10 for student experience and teaching quality in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.

Troy, who is studying History alongside International Relations, believes that such recognition is not just down to teaching and support from lecturers, but also their constructive comments and the interesting topics within the course that engages students.

He said: “If I have ever needed help or feedback to improve my work, I am able to get it.

“Furthermore, the modules in the History course are quite broad but very fascinating – for example, last year I did the Cold War module and this year I’m doing the Yugoslavia and Beyond module, which addresses the history of Yugoslavia.”

Despite all the positives, Troy said the course could improved still further by including ‘more trips’, to further enhance learning and understanding of the course content.

Great news for DMUWFC as they are appointed a new top class coach


By Grace Morgan

Week five of term has been a happy one for DMU women’s football as they appointed a new coach.
A new job role was offered this year which incorporated the women’s football coaching job on a full time basis.
Nimesh Patel, a UEFA B level coach, has now been appointed much to the relief and delight of the members of DMU women’s football team.
Hannah Curwen DMUWFC chairwoman said: “We have been excited to see who our new coach would be after such a huge change to how sport is being run we knew it would take a bit of time until someone was appointed.”
The teams haven’t had the best possible start to the season with the 1st team losing both of their opening matches and the 2nd team losing all three of their opening matches.
Hannah said: “With the start to the season not being the best the coach couldn’t have come in at a better time.”
Nimesh has been appointed as Football Co-ordinator and will oversee everything including referee appointing to training the women’s team.
Nimesh Patel said: “I am very eager to start my new role, it will be a new challenge for me, one that I am going to relish I think.”
DSU sport has now been changed over to DMUsport and is run from a different office.
It has been a big change for students however it is all in aid of making the university look more professional and run smoother.
All of the coaches for sport teams have been made official roles meaning they are now staff members of the university.
More teams than ever before have been entered into British Universities and Colleges Sport, the university league for sport at university, than ever before and DMU have picked up more ‘BUCS points’ already this season.
Nimesh said: “It is a great time to come into the university and put my stamp onto it.
“There are high hopes for all of the sport teams at DMU, but women’s football especially has a reputation to uphold with how well they did last season.”
With all coaches now having started at DMU the hope is that the teams will only progress further and the standings in BUCS at the end of the year will be the highest ever for DMU.


Leicester city continues to rise


The rise of Leicester City Football Club continues to astonish fans and foe alike. Leicester travelled to the Danish capital to take on F.C Copenhagen. Their Champions League campaign was already off to a flying start as they sat atop of Group G with a perfect record of three wins out of three, channelling the form that propelled them to Premier League glory just a few months earlier.

Tim Fadipe 21 said “I think it is an impressive achievement, something I thought a club of Leicester’s stature could never achieve”.

The match itself did not garner much excitement for the exuberant Leicester fans as they only managed to register a single shot on target, but the final result holds much significance in the history of the Champions League.

Joel Amoah said “The match was very boring but it is a result that will live long in my memory”.

Leicester became the first club in Champions League history to register 4 consecutive clean sheets in their four opening group stage games.

By accomplishing this accolade, they will guarantee passage into the last 16 if they do not lose to Club Brugge when the Belgians travel to the King Power Stadium on November 22.

It was as recent as the 2008-09 season that Leicester were outside of the top two divisions of English football, struggling to establish themselves but now this is an accomplishment that will be spoken about in the proud city of Leicester for decades to come.

Michael Quadric said: “I’m not from Leicester but I’m proud to be in this city right now”.

On the grandest stage of club football, Leicester are producing their finest football. Their familiar counter attacking style is best suited to the Champions League as they have the capability of soaking up pressure and hitting teams on the counter attack, with this being the recipe for attaining the Premier League title.

Laurel Umo said “They’re not doing the best in the league but winning in the champions league makes up for it”.

At the start of the season, Leicester were priced at a generous 100/1 to lift the Champions League trophy, but as they quietly go about their business, this could be another miracle in the making, surely Leicester aren’t going to achieve the impossible again. One thing we do know, the journey will be memorable and enjoyable.

Tributes paid to much-loved music teacher



Tributes from students and friends are pouring in for a much loved Hinckley music teacher who tragically lost her life.

Liz Hextal, 44, from Sharnford in Leicestershire died in hospital after being taken ill last Friday night.

Close friend, Luke Thomas, 26, who lives in Queens Road Hinckley Said: “I Feel distraught, I met her through my bar and we instantly became close friends because of our love of music, entertainment, family and tequila worms, that she only ever drank with gin.”

Liz was a multi-instrumentalist and had taught hundreds of students for over twenty years in Hinckley, although her main focus was the piano, she also taught recorder, flute, clarinet, saxophone and keyboard.

Kim Harris, of Hinckley, who Liz taught the clarinet and would later become a close friend said: “She can’t believe the awful news, it was just mad and a complete shock, it’s the worse news I’ve ever heard.”

Luke added: “The happiest I had ever seen Liz was when she filled my pub full of people for a music event that she had organised, it was great to see how happy her music made herself and others when she played.

“She was a real get up and go person and always happy to help.”

Liz had taught students who would go on to have real pedigree within the music industry, such as Kristyna Myles, who is an awarding winning singer, songwriter and former MOBO nominee.

Kristyna has performed with artists such as Chris De Burgh and performed live on BBC’s Songs of Praise.

Martyn Blackwell, who currently plays guitar and does vocals for heavy metal band Beholder, was also a former student of Liz.

Luke Continued: “I just feel so upset that I had to sit and watch her go through all of this, wish I could have done more to help her, she was just such a wonderful person and a really good friend.

“I miss her so much and I’m hopeful she’s looking down on me from above, eating tequila worms.”

Rose Davies wrote: “I hope you are reading this from your place in the eternal and can see what a big impression you made on this earth, I’ll miss your presence R.I.P beautiful lady” on Liz’s Facebook wall.

“Everyone’s thoughts are with her family and friends at this time, and she will be sadly missed.” Said Luke. (394 words)

Bollywood Society auditions for national competition

By Mel Hawes

De Montfort University Bollywood Society held open auditions on Wednesday night as they prepare to compete in a national competition.

The university team were looking for dancers to compete alongside 25 other universities in Battle of Bollywood.

Vice President, Aashni Sawjani said: “As this is our first time, our priority it to represent DMU and just to have a good time, which is why we’ve held open auditions and invited everyone to come along.”

Auditions were held on Wednesday night for all dancers, with a wide range of experience across the board. The society were looking for dancers who were ‘willing to adapt, learn and have a passion for dancing’.

The session was aimed at giving dancers a taste of Bollywood dancing whilst still being challenging and giving them the opportunity to showcase their dance skills. Over thirty people attended the auditions, they were all keen to give the ‘new and challenging style’ a try.

Auditionee, Ashleigh Henry said: “This is a completely new style to me, I’m not quite used to it but I’m so pleased that I came along and that the society has given other dancers the opportunity to take part in this and hopefully the competition.”


Battle of Bollywood is only in its third year after being created by The Turi Group, an events management company.

The event will be judged by renowned Bollywood choreographer, Terence Lewis who is well known in India for judging televised dance shows. Each university team is given an actress or an actor, which they then perform to their songs.

DMU have been given the actress, Nargis Fakhri who is relatively new on the Bollywood scene. This poses a challenge to the group as there is a smaller amount of songs to choose from.

Aashni added: “To be part of such a big scale event and to make it through to even being able to compete, when we are only in our fifth year of being a society is such a big achievement for us.”

To make the event go viral organisers have asked competitors to make a video of themselves dancing inside a car which they will share on social media as well as being the opening to their choreographed routine.

The group will travel to London in March to take part in the competition.