Student shop SUpplies find festive sweater success in first year selling Christmas jumpers to staff and students

By Alexander Hodgkins-Jones


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Festive fun: First-year student Charlotte Coburn is celebrating Christmas Jumper Day 2018 at DMU

Today marks Christmas Jumper Day 2018 and for the first-time festive fundraisers can grab their garb directly from the campus shop.

This is the first year that you can buy a De Montfort University themed Christmas jumper, available in two designs, directly from the Students’ Union shop SUpplies.

Students and staff alike are being encouraged to don a jumper around campus and donate towards the annual festive fundraising campaign organised by Save the Children.

Wendy, a sales assistant at SUpplies said: “We’ve pondered the idea for a few years now, but this is our first year selling Christmas jumpers.

“It has been very successful.”

SUpplies have sold almost half of their stock of the £15 jumpers since launching them last week, proving the festive spirit is truly alive and well around campus.

Charlotte Coburn, a first-year student, had already brought her own jumper for the event and donated the customary £2 to the Save the Children campaign.

Charlotte said: “I do Christmas jumper day every year, it’s a fun way to raise some money for a good cause.

“The jumpers being sold look great, but I already had mine, which I must admit I have pinched from my boyfriend so maybe next year I’ll grab a DMU one.”

Wendy confirmed the success from this year meant it was “very likely” the jumpers would be sold again next year and suggested more designs will be available.

She said: “We will be looking at some new designs next year because we have sold so many this year.”

Save the Children launched the campaign in 2012 and encourage people wearing one on the day to donate £2 towards their cause.

All of the money raised goes towards supporting children in developing countries.

If you would like to donate, please go to the Save the Children website at:

About her jumper, Charlotte said: “It’s definitely got a lot going on, I think the more garish the better!”

Frost-tea conditions forecast this weekend

By Chantelle Roberts

Those dreaming of a white Christmas might be closer to their wishes this weekend after the Met Office issued a Yellow Warning in the East Midlands.

The yellow warning issued for Saturday(DEC15) and Sunday may affect the East Midlands. The Met Office and The Weather Channel have said to expect snow in certain areas of the country.

The Met Office announced, over this weekend, areas in Britain will experience: “Strong winds and heavy rain for some, with snow expected across northern parts of the country.”

Whilst Scotland is forecast to receive most of the snowfall, the Met Office and The Weather Channel predicted some snow or sleet may fall in Leicestershire on Saturday.

Weekend plans may be disrupted or delayed due to weather conditions.

Chief Meteorologist Steve Willington said: “This weekend’s weather brings a range of winter hazards.

“As such, there is the potential for disruption to travel on the roads and possible delays or cancellations to public transport services, so we encourage people to keep an eye on the latest weather forecast and warnings and to take care when travelling.”

Drivers and commuters should be aware of any disruptions to travel plans, and preparations for colder weather have been recommended.

Forecasts for the weekend according to the Weather Channel: Saturday – mix of rain, snow and wind with temperatures of around 4C – on Sunday – showers, with lows of 4C and highs of 7C.

Whilst the weather has been quite mild this winter, people are reminded to wrap up warm and check on those who may be isolated around the holiday period.

For more information on weather forecasts, and how to prepare for winter visit:

Punk Scholars Network’s yearly research conference comes to DMU


By Oliver Taylor

The Punk Scholars Network’s yearly research conference has taken place at De Montfort University over the past two days.

The Punk Scholars Network Annual Conference & Postgraduate Symposium alternates venues every year. This year’s event is the fifth edition.

Past locations have included Birmingham, Northampton and Bolton.

The location for next year’s event is yet to be determined, but could possibly be in Manchester.


The conference’s programme and abstracts can be found at the concessions stand

Punk Scholars Network co-founders Dr Alastair Gordon, senior lecturer in Media and Communication at DMU, and Dr Pete Dale, senior lecturer in popular music at Manchester Metropolitan University, spoke extensively about the event’s vision.

Dr Gordon said: “Punk generally can be viewed with a lot of scorn. Our goal, really, is to help establish the credibility of studying punk.”

Dr Gordon and Dr Dale explained that the event is intended to push forward the research of punk.

The study of punk involves elements of drama, music, fashion, sociology and many more.

Professor Roger Sabin, who teaches at the University of Arts London, was a special guest at the event and held a talk on the crossover of punk and metal in the late 1970s.

Contrary to the popular belief that punk was only relevant in the 70s, different genres of punk are alive and growing in all corners of the globe. In fact, Dr Gordon believes that the largest current punk scene is in Indonesia.

All genres of punk can be seen thriving on all corners of the global. Raw punk is immensely popular in countries such as Finland and Brazil. Burning Spirits, a genre of punk born in Japan in 1988, is still relevant today.

Mr Sabin spoke glowingly of his experience at this year’s conference, describing that “people are coming from different backgrounds, but they’re united here to learn. It’s a really, really nice experience.”

The conference can be located in Mill Studios, room 0.21 on the DMU campus.

A century of progress: Votes for Women and a celebration of Alice Hawkins.

By Molly Kerridge

A museum in Leicester is celebrating the hundred-year anniversary of a women’s rights milestone with an exhibition on Alice Hawkins and Votes for Women.


Artefacts such as clothing and sashes involved in the campaigning, on display in the exhibition.

A century ago today, the first ever general election allowing female voters in Britain took place as a result of years of campaigning by the Suffragettes.

One of the campaigners was Alice Hawkins of Leicester, who joined the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in 1907, and quickly became the leading figure in the Leicester branch.

The New Walk Museum and Art Gallery opened an exhibition dedicated to the efforts for women’s rights on October 27, and is open until the February 24 next year.

Karen Shelton, a casual worker at the museum, said: “With how people were years ago, they didn’t have any standing at all, ladies and women, so I think that it is very important that it is made available and knowledgeable to everyone.

“Everything is very slow in England I think, but I think we’ve actually got there in the end.”

The exhibition shows the history of the Votes for Women movement, with artefacts such as the hunger strike medal given to Hawkins and informative displays on the campaign as a whole, as well as her involvements in Leicester.

The aim of the exhibition is to inform the public, but to also hopefully inspire a new generation to seek out ways to progress even more.

Mrs Shelton added: “If people have got the knowledge or want the knowledge, they’ll find it no matter the circumstances, but yes, exhibitions such as this help along the way.”

The information is being exhibited at the museum free of charge, along with a statue of Alice Hawkins that was created and displayed in Leicester Market Place.


Pitch black dining on offer at Leicester venue

By Finn Moore

20181214_112443.jpgSpirits Bar, Hotel Street, Leicester.

A bespoke dining in the dark event is happening in Leicester on Monday (DEC17).

Spirits Bar, Hotel Street, Leicester, is holding an event where people try different food in complete darkness.

This event is where customers try a six-course taster menu in pitch black in order to encourage people to judge by taste instead of looks or smell of food.

The idea was brought to Spirits when they came into contact with a local business called Devil’s Dinner who cater for events.

The ingredients will remain secret but there are vegetarian options available.

The menu includes dishes called ‘Eve’s apple’ and ‘Sacrificial Bone’.

Grant, a worker from Spirits, said: “It’s an interesting concept and suits our image so it’s a good start to the events we plan to hold here.

“We have been looking at different kinds of events we could bring to Spirits and ones the community can enjoy, one of which was a dining experience.”

With tickets selling for £20 and at limited numbers the Leicestershire Press asked the public if they would be interested in attending this event.

Charlotte Coburn, a Media and Communications student at De Montfort University, said: “I would like to try it for the experience but I would be scared in case I didn’t like something.”

Lewis Young, a Psychology with Criminology student at DMU, said: “I don’t think I’d enjoy it because I’d feel self-conscious that something could happen to me or the food.”

Of everyone asked, half claimed they would be interested in going to try this new experience but some were worried about the contents.

The event starts at 8pm and tickets can be bought at the bar or by ringing the venue on 0116 2961292.