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.

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