Leicester begins anti-trump Demonstrations

by Daniel Siggins

An emergency demonstration against Donald Trump will be taking place at Haymarket Memorial Clock Tower in Leicester at 5.30pm today (Monday, January 30).

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Haymarket’s Memorial Clock Tower

This follows Trump’s ban on people entering the US who have citizenzship to seven Muslim majority countries.

There will be a number of protests across the UK, with the most prominent taking place outside Downing Street.

The organisation behind the Haymarket demo, ‘Leicester against Trump’, organised the event through Facebook and is supported by high profile political journalist Owen Jones, who has promoted the demonstration on his own Twitter page.

The organisation has spoken to the Leicestershire Press and discussed the planned protest as well as a number of other issues.

Q: What is the overall aim of the protest? 

A:  “The overall aim is to keep the fact that Leicester says no to this President. He’s not a normal President, he’s actually dismantling democracy and the rule of law in the USA.

Q: Is the protest also aimed at Theresa May’s dealings with Trump?

A: “Not specifically, but we’re keen to put pressure on all the UK leaders – national as well as local – who can help implement our demand to keep him as far away as possible.”

Q: With Leicester’s ethnic diversity being at the heart of what makes the city, do you feel it is particularly important that the people of Leicester have a platform like this to protest? 

A: “Leicester’s ethnic diversity raises the stakes for the city: we can’t afford for this message of race hate and bigotry to be given a platform here in the city. It’s up to us to deny them that chance.”

Leicester City player re-opens De Montfort’s Students’ Union

By Harry Rogers

De Montfort University welcomed a Leicester City star to re-open its refurbished Students’ Union building last week.

Christian Fuchs, who was part of Leicester’s Premier League winning squad, was joined by President of the Students’ Union, Dan Winney and the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Dominic Shellard to mark the grand opening.

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President of the Students’ Union Dan Winney, speaking at the re-opening event

The £3 million re-development has been taking place in the campus centre building over the past 12 months to encourage more students to use its facilities.

Mr Winney said: “It’s been a long journey to get here, but I am so proud of what we have created.

“It’s so good to see so many students and staff here together to celebrate this opening.”

The re-development of the Students’ Union is part of a £136 million investment made by the university to rejuvenate the whole of the campus.

The Vijay Patel building, one of the main upgrades, has been open since October and now houses the Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities.

Delvere Kunner, who is in his second year at DMU studying Accounting and Finance, said: “It’s a massive improvement to what the original Students’ Union looked like.

“DMU is really starting to look up. I cannot believe how far it has come to when I first started studying here.”

After Mr Winney had delivered his speech at the re-opening event, the crowd were given the opportunity to ask Mr Fuchs about his team’s Premier League success.

Two students were also invited to get up on stage with the Leicester City defender who played a game of egg roulette, ending in a very messy stage.

Mr Winney and Mr Fuchs then cut the red ribbon, officially declaring the Students’ Union open.

The ceremony was broadcast online by Demon Media, a student-led organisation who made the occasion accessible for all students.

Advertising role for NCTJ-accredited Lily

By Sam Chambers

After applying for a wide range of jobs, DMU Journalism graduate Lily Thake is making her mark on Britain’s capital, landing herself a position at the London-based digital marketing agency Adapt Worldwide as an online advertising executive.

Lily, who graduated from the NCTJ-accredited course with a 2:1 in July 2016, has been copywriting, proofreading and editing adverts for the company since beginning her career in August.

Previously, she had been working part-time as a cleaner following her graduation, with the spare hours allowing her to dedicate her focus on finding a graduate role.

She said: “I just sent applications out in bulk, to be honest, setting deadlines. I would dedicate every day to doing 3-10 applications, depending on how much was out there because sometimes you would look and there weren’t any jobs.

“I just used to set deadlines and try to dedicate some time to even just looking.”

After sending off numerous applications, Lily said she had forgotten about the vacancy at Adapt when she received an invitation to take part in some online tests. Having successfully negotiated her way through to the next stage, she was invited to interview for the position.

Interviewing for the role on a Friday, she was informed later that day that was to be offered the job and was to start on the following Monday.

The whirlwind turnaround proved to be somewhat of an appropriate precursor to what was to follow over the coming months as Lily swiftly made strides in her role, and soon assumed added responsibilities.

She explained: “It’s moved pretty fast. A lot’s happened in six months.

“In the first week, they’d employed four or five of us to work on a new project. After a week they brought in more people, and there’s 40 of us now working on a big project.

“As I was one of the first ones here, I was lucky enough to have had the training first and learnt to write the ads as we were sending them off.

“So they asked if I’d mind training people as they knew I was good enough. A group of us did it, so there’s about 10 reviewers and the rest are all writers.

“We’re responsible for training them, teaching them the basics, and sitting with them to have one-to-ones.

“Our job is then to check their files before they are sent to the client.”

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Lily, who, amongst other things, worked for Demon FM as a newsreader and entertainment editor for three years, and as an academic representative at the students’ union, emphasised the importance of gaining as much work experience as possible in order for a student to boost their chances of employability.

She said: “It really helped me with my confidence, and has also helped with my CV as it’s shown that as well as going to university, I’ve tried to get some work experience.

“It also helped me to understand the demands of the media industry itself.

 “Even though you have deadlines as a student, deadlines at uni are a month, while deadlines at work are a day.

“My understanding of the working world was probably a little low at the time so it helped me that way.”

Hailing from Haverhill, a small market town in Suffolk, not far from Cambridge, moving to a booming metropolis like London could have been pretty daunting for her.

However, she said that having lived in Leicester for three years whilst at university, she had been afforded a glimpse of what city life is like, albeit at a much smaller scale.

She added: “Living in London is definitely different and certainly interesting. I sort of had the experience of Leicester as a city, which I’m glad of as it broke me in a little bit.

“Compared to living in a little town, it was very helpful!”

Lily admitted to missing the city that she spent three years living in, and her lecturers at DMU in particular, adding: “My lecturers always had a lot of faith in me, so that helped me.

“The course helped me to understand the real world and opened my eyes to possibilities.

“David [Penman] and Tor [Clark] were always explaining everything, like what’s out there, what we had to do and what the next steps were, and John [Dilley] was encouraging me to just apply [for jobs] and to keep going.

“All of them really helped with their levels of support.”