DMU observes silence for Manchester bombing victims

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By Luke Smith

With the events of Monday’s attack in Manchester still fresh in the memory, De Montfort University observed a two-minute silence to remember the victims.

The silence was led on Friday by DMU Vice-Chancellor, Dominic Shellard, and was observed by over one hundred staff members and students.

Two advertising and marketing students at DMU, Hazel Stronach and Lauren Astell, said: “It’s really just a respect thing for us. I think it’s so important to take even just two minutes out of your day to remember the families of those affected.

“It also shows that events like we saw in Manchester shouldn’t divide us, but bring us closer together, showing the importance of standing together and not allowing those who so callously try to destroy our way of life to succeed, and not crumble in the face of adversity.”

Professor Shellard also addressed the congregation, saying: “It is important and very appropriate to celebrate and promote diversity and tolerance, with DMU being home to students from 141 different nationalities, and making sure it doesn’t add to divisiveness and prejudice.”

The attack, carried out on Monday night at the Manchester Arena during an Ariana Grande concert, killed 22 and injured dozens more.

The two-minute silence was part of DMU’s ‘Be The Change 2’ event, analysing and questioning the manifestos of each of the three main political parties (Conservative, Labour, and Liberal Democrat) in preparation for the upcoming general election on Thursday, 8th June.

Broken Witt Rebels return to Leicester with gig at The Musician

By Ross Barnett

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Having played in Leicester last July, Birmingham rockers Broken Witt Rebels return to The Musician on Friday, June 2nd 2017.

They describe themselves as “Blues sodden, sultry, humid music displaying all the solidity of a British rock legacy merged with a confidence of an atmospheric deep south soulful Americana,” and are heralded as ‘one of the most exciting live bands in the country’.

Having just completed the Planet Rock Roadsters tour, they are playing in Leicester for a one-off gig before entertaining at the Camden Festival and then crossing the pond for gigs in Arizona and Texas. A busy June is topped off with a performance on the Zippo Encore Stage at Download Festival.

Their third EP, Georgia Pine, was released in late 2016 to great success and is available to listen on Spotify and iTunes.

Doors open at The Musician, Clyde Street, 8pm and tickets costing £8 are available to purchase on

Catch the full interview with the band next week on



DMU Summer Football Festival a success with students and officials

By Mark Farmer

Football tournaments for students of De Montfort University were held on Wednesday May 17, for students to play sports amid the pressures of deadlines and upcoming exam finals.

The competition, named DMU Summer Football Festival, was held at Beaumont Leys following a £2million investment from the university which opened for use in 2016, was organised by Nimesh Patel.

Nimesh, 29, head coach of De Montfort University’s women’s football team, said: “Part of my job role is to deliver football participation events for students, in term three where there is a focus on exams it is hard to continue regular participation so I decided to run a one-day event for both male and female categories.”

Nimesh also highlighted the importance of the new footballing amenities for students.

He said: “The facilities help students play all year round with floodlights, and a 3G surface which can be played on during inclement weather seasons.”

The elements certainly tested the surface on Wednesday as continuous showers poured over Leicester for the duration of the day.

That did not put a dampener on the men’s champion’s team, IsYourMotherwell, however, who ran out triumphant after winning 6-5 in a penalty shoot-out after a goalless draw in normal time.

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Tony Thiedeman, 21, smiling with his well-earned DMU Summer Football Festival 2017 Player of the Tournament trophy and winners’ medal

Tony Thiedeman (pictured), 21, who saved the penalty to take his side past the winning post, kept three clean sheets in his five tournament matches, and won the Player of the Tournament award for his trophy-winning efforts.

Tony said: “It was a surprise to win the award, I wanted to play football to take my mind off [coursework] deadlines I have approaching, but to leave as the champions and to be named the best player in the tournament was a real honour, especially after witnessing the calibre of the opposition on the day.”

“It is great that the university can organise days like these for the students who need them,” he added.

One of the two refreeing officials on the day, Martin Dexter, noted the impeccable standard playing standard and the manner in which the matches were played.

Martin said: “The players were very respectful of the decisions that I made, and conducted themselves very well considering the competitive nature of the sport and the wet conditions on the day.

“I enjoy officiating at De Montfort University as I know the sport will be played with integrity.

“The players raise their efforts at top facilities as well, which this certainly is.”

The successes of the competition make it likely the tournament will be played next year, too.

DMU student wins big with national television award

By Connor Watson

A second year De Montfort University (DMU) student has won Best On-Screen Female awarded by the National Student Television Association (NaSTA).

Lydia George, a Media Production student was given the award at the University of Birmingham in April.

The awards take place annually and aim to showcase the talent in student television, ranging from comedy shows, news and current affairs, scripting, on-screen talent, station marketing, animation and post-production.

Lydia wasn’t the only DMU student to win on the night with the Station Manager, Jonny Norton winning best title sequence and Charlie Burt winning Best Animation and Best Production

Free Tai Chi sessions comes to Leicester Market Square

By Nathan Rodrigues


Ming Yang instructing people during a Tai Chi session


Leicester Market Square is holding free Tai Chi sessions, as people of all ages can take part in a series of relaxing and stress relieving exercises.

The sessions began on 16th May and are held every Tuesday and Saturday morning, from 7:45 am – 8:30 am, and sign up is not required.

Tai Chi is a Chinese tradition involving practicing gentle routines which benefit the health, as well as improving movement, posture and balance.

These sessions are supported by De Montfort University’s Confucius Institute, which aims to offer a flavour of Chinese culture to students and wider communities.