Dramatic results night reveals new Students’ Union officer team at DMU

By Thomas Carter

After weeks of campaigning, the evening of Wednesday (11MAR) brought the results of the Students’ Union Officer Team elections at De Montfort University.

In a results night held at the Students’ Union building on campus centre, a whole host of candidates found out their fate, and whether or not they had been elected by their peers to hold an Officer role for the 2020/21 academic year.

Several roles were up for grabs, spanning positions such as Welfare Executive, Union Development Officer and part-time Liberation Representatives (among others).

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The new DSU Executive Officer Team (Photo Credit: DSU)

DMU students had been voting for one candidate in each of the roles, choosing who they feel are best to represent them over the course of the next year.

This year, the Students’ Union election team were especially creative with regard to encouraging their peers to vote, setting up booths in the Food Village and SU headquarters as well as a mobile polling station that has travelled around campus.

There were also incentives to entice voter turnout, such as the giving away of free sweets and DMU merchandise.

Tom Guyton-Day, who has been elected as one of six NUS delegates, said: “I am ecstatic to be chosen by my fellow students to represent them.

“It was a long and at times tiresome campaign, but I couldn’t be happier with the result.

“I am looking forward to working closely with the DSU team and helping improve student life.”

As expected, Demon Media provided brilliant live coverage of the evening, providing students and those interested by the results with updates throughout the evening in an online stream and blog.

The full list of those elected as Executive Officers is available on the DSU website.

With fresh faces and new ideas joining the Students’ Union, it is shaping up to be yet another exciting and success-filled year for De Montfort University.

National ‘Wear a Hat’ Day returns for 2020

By Thomas Carter

After the success of previous years, National ‘Wear a Hat Day’ is set to return on Friday 27th March 2020 for another period of fundraising.

Taking place every year in the month of March, the day seeks to raise awareness for brain tumour research, an issue that affects millions across the world.

On this day, people are encouraged to show their support for the cause by (self-explanatorily) wearing a hat, providing a great opportunity for society to come together in aid of a brilliant charity.

‘Wear a Hat Day’ has seen those from all over the country in workplaces, schools and local shops getting kitted out in creative headwear, and DMU students are encouraged to do the same.

According to the Brain Tumour Research Organisation, this year’s day is set to be the “biggest, boldest and HATTIEST yet”, as people join forces in order to get closer to finding a cure for the cancer.

Course Rep nominations now open

By Thomas Carter

As with every year, the time has come for each course at De Montfort University to select a new Course Representative, with the DSU announcing how students can get involved.

The role of a Course Rep is to be the link between tutors and students, as well as inspire positive change throughout the university.

Every Course Rep is provided with a full training scheme courtesy of the DSU team, with students learning skills such as debating and campaigning.

Students can nominate themselves to be a Course Rep between Monday 23 March – Friday 3 April, with elections taking place over an online platform.

DemonFM announces podcast plan in wake of coronavirus closures

By Thomas Carter

With the coronavirus causing a shutdown to much of university life, student radio station Demon FM have refused to submit to the pandemic, instead launching an unprecedented plan for a series of podcasts.

This is because the on-campus live studio has been closed as part of De Montfort University’s COVID-19 lockdown procedures, forcing those at Demon Media (who run the station) to adapt to the new broadcasting climate.

As announced on social media last week (Monday 16th March), Demon FM will be replacing their usual show schedule with new podcasts, produced by station members from their homes.

The podcasts will cover a wide range of topics, including latest news updates, musical chart toppers and political debate panel shows.

Listeners can access the podcasts through the station website, as well as episodes being available via social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook.

Frank Skinner brings ‘Showbiz’ to Leicester

By Thomas Carter

Following an announcement on social media earlier this month, renowned stand up comedian Frank Skinner will be coming to De Montfort Hall in Leicester as part of his ‘Showbiz’ tour.

The tour was planned to end in February 2020, but due to popular demand 16 extra dates have been added, with Leicester being the first stop.

Original plans for the show to take place on April 2 have been forced to change due to ongoing coronavirus matters, but the comedian is to announce the new date as soon as possible.

In a career spanning over 30 years, Skinner has had award-winning radio shows and hosted ‘Room 101’ on BBC, making his highly-anticipated live tour not one to be missed.