Riverside café: DMU’s first vegan and vegetarian-friendly café



By Sophie Sandberg

De Montfort University has welcomed the campus’s first vegan and vegetarian lunch venue as the latest contribution to the £136 million campus transformation project.

The initiative to open a food court which primarily serves vegan and vegetarian alternatives came from the university’s Vegetarian and Vegan society.

The society sees the opening of the new restaurant as a positive change as it helps vegetarian and vegan students to feel more at home on campus.

The chairperson of the university’s Vegetarian and Vegan society, Dinah Lowe, said: “I personally think it’s really beneficial for students with a variety of dietary choices and needs to be considered as the campus is so diverse and this naturally comes with the introduction of vegan and veggie lifestyles and keeps growing.”

Rebecca Reddan, contract director of Chartwells, the catering firm that runs the café, said that it is getting busier now as more and more people know about its existence and business is therefore starting to flourish.

She also revealed that some of the bestsellers have been their butternut and sweet potato Thai orange curry, their pecan brownies and their polenta cake.

Miss Reddan explained:picture2 “The Riverside Café is focusing on health, mentality and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

“We are offering food and cakes which can all be made vegan or vegetarian and most of what is offered is gluten-free.”

The café also supplies a daily selection of food and cakes as an attempt to not limit students by offering varied and interesting food choices to choose from.

In addition to this you can also customise your own salad out of a large selection of fresh vegetables and other seasonal products.

The new café is based on the bankside of the river Soar on the ground floor of the Vijay Patel Building and is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 10pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 8.30am to 3pm during term time.

Industry experts to share media knowledge at employability and postgraduate event


One of the UK media’s leading names is visiting DMU on Wednesday (January 25) to give students advice on how to break into the industry.

Dorothy Byrne, Channel 4’s head of news and current affairs, will be sharing her knowledge of the industry at Leicester Media School’s employability and postgraduate event, which takes place between 1 and 4pm.

As head of news and current affairs at Channel 4, Dorothy Byrne is responsible for the channel’s news output, including Channel 4 News, the award-winning investigative documentary series Dispatches and the wealth of independent current affairs programming the channel airs.

Joining Dorothy will be Lindsey Sheffield, a director and assistant producer with ITV, who will be sharing her experiences of working for a number of different networks, on programmes such as The Gadget Show, The Jeremy Kyle Show and Embarrassing Bodies.

Along with talks by the two speakers, the event will include workshops and taster sessions on industry, employability and postgraduate work, while employers and alumni in media fields will also be at the event to give information and tips to current and prospective students.

For more information on any of the courses in media at DMU, Please contact jason.lee@dmu.ac.uk for further details.

Lecturer’s new book studies future of journalism

tor-clark-book-coverA HIGH-PROFILE new book looking at the future of global print journalism co-edited by a lecturer from De Montfort University is to be launched in London tonight (Monday Jan 23).

Last Words? How Can Journalism Survive the Decline of Print? is a timely examination of print journalism globally, which seeks to answer the key questions on  the industry from the past decade, and is co-edited by Tor Clark, Principal Lecturer in Journalism at DMU.

Tor’s fellow editors are revered journalist and media commentator Raymond Snoddy, the former media editor of the Financial Times and The Times and presenter of Hard News on Channel 4; Professor Richard Tait, of Cardiff University, the former editor-in-chief of ITN; former regional newspaper editor and Oxford University research fellow Neil Fowler; and John Mair, lead editor of a series of 18 ‘hackademic’ texts looking at many topical issues in journalism.

Among contributors to the book’s 50 chapters are former BBC director general and new New York Times boss Mark Thompson, Guardian media commentator Professor Roy Greenslade, former Guardian editor Peter Preston, Wall Street Journal chief and former Daily Telegraph editor William Lewis, Financial Times chief executive John Ridding, founder of regional media group Tindle Newspapers, Sir Ray Tindle, GQ editor Dylan Jones and former Leicester Mercury editor and DMU communications chief Keith Perch.

It has had rave reviews so far and is set to become the standard work on the problems facing 21st century journalism – and some of the potential solutions.

As well as editing the book, Tor wrote three chapters for it, including one for which he surveyed first year Journalism students’ views about print journalism.

The launch will take place at an event at the famous Groucho Club in London’s West End tonight organised by The Media Society and featuring a discussion on the central issues raised involving Raymond Snoddy, Roy Greenslade and the event audience of media movers and shakers.

Tor said: “I know I am biased, but this book has contributions from such prestigious and authoritative sources that it is bound to become the standard work on the state of international journalism in 21st century.

“It was a great privilege and pleasure to work on it with such a star-studded cast of authors, all of  whom contributed their chapters free of charge in the interests of getting the big issues more widely discussed.

“I hope our book will be useful for the industry and the academy as they seek to grapple with this crucial issue – the whole future of print journalism. I especially hope Journalism students will use it in their studies – there is plenty in it for them to get their teeth into.”