Is Leicester city’s decline due to the Kante factor or something else?

By Kiran Bedder-Patel

After another defeat for the champions against Manchester United at home yesterday, Leicester City are dangerously hovering above the relegation zone. This time last year Leicester were riding high but have now set a new record of being the only team in top 4 divisions to not score in 2017.

Supporter believe that the reason for Leicester’s freefall is due to the fact they sold N’golo Kante for just 32million pounds.

Tim Barker, a season ticket holder since 1983, said; “It’s a joke, the defence is a shambles and our whole team has lost the heart, that heart being N’golo Kante. Look at him doing his bits at Chelsea whilst we are dropping down like a rock. It’s all him, we miss him. Having that start was like having two players. Ranieri needs to buck up his ideas.”

A year ago today, Leicester were celebrating beating Manchester City 3-1 on their own patch but so far this season have failed to muster performances which are anywhere near.

Supporter Stephen Laing, who’s first game was yesterday’s loss against Manchester United disagrees with the Kante factor, he said; “It’s nothing to do with Kante I’m afraid. I’m sick of hearing that old rubbish. Yes, we miss him but why have we not signed anyone to his calibre? Transfer wise, we have been let down massively and its affecting us fans the most. We pay a lot of money to see the so called champions but we have not been rewarded for our loyalty this season. Where Is the fight in the squad? Nowhere.”

Leicester play Derby on Wednesday in an FA Cup replay.

Queen set to visit Leicester in April

By Chloe Hewitt

The Queen is set to visit Leicester in April as part of Easter celebrations in her Sapphire Jubilee year.

Her Majesty last visited the city in March 2012, when she kicked off her Diamond Jubilee tour in Leicester which included a visit to De Montfort University where she opened the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Leisure Centre.


This visit comes just after her son Prince Charles has paid a visit to the city, which saw him embrace the diversity of the renowned Narborough Road.

The Queen will be in attendance of the traditional Maundy Thursday ceremony with Prince Philip at Leicester Cathedral on 13th April.

Maundy Thursday is a religious service held the day before Good Friday, where the Queen distributes special Maundy money to local pensioners.

De Montfort University student Bethanie Piper said: “The Queen coming to visit the city is a true honour.

“I was not a student here when she came to visit back in 2012 so I hope I have the opportunity to see her, even if it is from afar.

“As a Christian as well, to have her here to mark Maundy Thursday means all the more to me personally.”

At the service Her Majesty will give out coins to 91 men and 91 women over the age of 70, which is the number equating to her age this year.

Recipients will be given two purses – one red, one white, with the white purse containing 91p in silver Maundy coins and the red containing the same amount in ordinary coinage money for food and clothing.

Former DMU student achieves his American dream

By Kerri Stevenson

A former De Montfort University student has opened a studio in Brooklyn in a bid to achieve his dream of setting up his own business in the sound technology industry.

Kieran Kaye, who graduated in 2008 with a Music Technology and Innovation BSc, set up Full English in 2016 and his work involves mixing and designing audio for TV, advertising, online and radio as well as working with independent production companies and advertising agencies in the US and internationally.

He takes a simple approach to his work which allows him to deliver great audio at an affordable price and make the company accessible to smaller production houses and independent artists. city-street-wallpaper-4


Mr Kaye, who previously worked in London for three years and Manhattan for five, says: “I decided to start my own thing rather than spend my time and energy looking for a role at a studio, which can often be very difficult to find.”


Full English have worked with a variety of prestigious companies both in the US and around the world, including Ford, Versace, Wrangler and IBM.

Earlier this month, Mr Kaye spoke to DMU Global students visiting New York City, telling them the story of how he went on to set up his own business and how he managed to find the courage to follow his dream.

He advises current students to face their fears, saying: “My advice to any students hoping to follow in my footsteps is to say ‘yes’, but only in moderation and to always make sure to have a reasonable cushion and backup plan.

“I didn’t frivolously jump on a plane and say ‘screw it’, I said yes to the idea of something and planned carefully, which is why I would advise all students to always have an exit strategy in place, even if it’s curling up in a ball and crying!”

Student lands placement at one of the world’s largest media companies

By Simon Sansome

A student at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) has landed a placement working with one of the world’s largest media companies.

Brennan Cross, who studies International Marketing and Business, is spending a year as an account co-ordinator with AOL, which owns organisation like Huffington Post and TechCrunch.

He said: “AOL makes me feel relaxed and welcome in an intense work environment. The best thing about AOL is the people. It’s a young work force and so we have a lot in common, making things easier.”

AOL operates in 22 markets all over the world with more than 700 million customers. AOL has the third largest online service in the world only behind Facebook and Google.

Since joining AOL, Brennan is involved in company socials every Thursday, industry networking events, playing in a five-a-side football team and says he tries to meet as many new people as possible.

Brennan said: “Going out into the world in an industry unknown is daunting, it is important to ask lots of questions and is a steep learning curve as afterwards it will start to feel more manageable.”

He said his success at AOL was down to David Gordon, his second-year lecturer for International Marketing, who offered him great support.

Gordon talked Brennan through interview preparation, tricks of the trade and helped him prepare for company assessment days. Brennan said: “David’s guidance was invaluable and certainly a contributing factor to me receiving these offers.”

David Gordon has spent years working in the marketing industry, employing graduates in the private sector before coming to work at DMU. He said: “I know what the industry is looking for and was able to assist Brennan to apply. I have had great feedback from AOL relating to Brennan’s placement.”


Students enhance their employment prospects by undertaking a placement year

By Simran Gill


The site where Vaishali Rasiklal’s placement at Robert Bosch Ltd is based, in Nottingham.

Do you fancy an employment opportunity whilst studying at University? DMU offer a range of courses, which propositions a placement year in the middle of your studies, for professional accreditation.

This type of course is called a ‘sandwich’ course, which implies that there is a placement year in the middle of your studies. They can be issued with any course available at DMU and it is up to the students whether or not they take up the opportunity.

Sandwich courses allow students to gain work experience in their desired profession, as well as receiving income, as it is a full time job.

Meera Modhwadia, a student at DMU studying Economics, is currently undergoing placement year in Leicester, with Tech4i2 as an economic research analyst.

Meera said: “So far I’m finding my placement really good, I have a lovely team and there is a great working environment.”

The work experience gained from this opportunity, aids towards future employment prospects, as well as gaining additional skills and qualities to reform as an individual.

Meera added: “I have gained more knowledge on a lot of different areas and industries and I certainly feel up to date with all technology information, such as the 5G network.”

The skills gained also benefits the students for their future, by awarding them with qualities that they would need for their profession and inhibits them to be prepared for their career after graduating.

“I have to get involved in the everyday smooth running of the business in all aspects, such as researching, bid development process, account expenses as well as the technical jobs, which includes viewing the software we use and the running of all electrical items in the office.” Meera added.

Funding is available for students who wish to choose a sandwich placement. For students living away from home will receive a maintenance loan of up to £2,425 and students who live at home receive a maintenance loan of up to £1,819.”

Vaishali Rasiklal, studying international marketing and business at DMU, is currently undertaking a placement in Nottingham, with Robert Bosch Ltd as a marketing assistant.

Vaishali said: “I am currently loving my placement especially now that I’m getting managerial experience, as well as the experience needed to be a Marketer.

“I am responsible for updating the customer accounts, dealing with new products in our selection of ranges and producing promotional material for products that are new.” Vaishali added.

Both of these students have placements which are 12 months in length, as the business and Law faculty at DMU offer placements which last for a year. Humanities offer placements from as little as two weeks, to 12 months.

Vaishali stated: “The experience of working in a real life company, getting to know the insiders and little hacks of being an employee can help with future job roles.”

“We can also apply the skills gained from placement in our university work, so taking this year out is really helpful to my studies.” Vaishali added.

It is not easy trying to get a placement, as there are several steps involved before you manage to secure one.

Vaishali said: “The application process was so stressful, as I applied to so many companies and I didn’t get a placement at first. But after applying a numerous amount of times I managed to get one.”

There are also disadvantages, such as the course length stretches out to four years instead of three.

Meera said: “At the beginning it was hard to fit in with the rest of the team already working at the business, as they already know one another.”

“It’s preparing you for adult work life, but the nine to five work hours drain me out sometimes.” Meera added.

Vaishali stated: “I had to move out from home and move into a studio flat, where I felt lonely sometimes.”

The university has a specialist team keeping in touch with the students who have gone for a placement and they work closely with students to ensure that they are supported and prepared, for the application and recruitment process.

Meera said: “Placements are a good idea, as getting good grades aren’t enough anymore, whereas placements give you an idea as to whether this career option is suitable for you or not.”

If you are interested in taking a placement year as part of your course, visit De Montfort University’s website at: