Spill the Equali-Tea – a limited podcast series on social justice issues

Second year Broadcast Journalism students have produced a limited podcast series exploring a range of social justice issues in society as part of their radio journalism module. Each episode is 10 minutes long and is fronted by individual students. Topics include the gender pay gap in media industries, gender inequality in football, financial struggle due to Covid-19, and inequality in the stock market.

Listen via here or search for Spill the Equali-tea on Spotify/Apple podcasts

Debates to be held over Simon De Montfort’s name in relation to DMU

By Kira Gibson

De Montfort University is holding an online debate regarding the historical context of Simon De Montfort in relation to the university. 

Students have campaigned to get the name of the university changed after it was highlighted that Simon De Montfort, the university’s namesake, had expelled the small Jewish community from Leicester in 1231. 

The campaign was started by De Montfort University Students’ Union (DSU) towards the end of 2020. 

The first event to discuss this will be on March 24 at 2-3pm for students and staff who identify as Jewish. 

The second will take place a day later on March 25 between 5pm and 6.30pm, with DMU stating that this discussion will be the first of many. 

The DMU website says: “The debate panel will consist of a representative of DSU alongside three historians who specialise in heritage, British Jewry and Leicester, in order to provide a range of perspectives and opinions. Each panel member will be given 10 minutes to present their views, followed by questions from staff and students.”

The debate will consist of three topics: the historical context of Simon De Montfort, whether historical context matters in the pursuit for social justice and what the appropriate path is for tackling historical wrongs. 

To book your place onto these events, please email eventsoffice@dmu.ac.uk and you will receive a link to join this event 24 hours prior, so be sure to keep an eye on your email as to not miss out on these debates. 

Two special limited podcast series produced by final year DMU Broadcast Journalism students

Final year BA Broadcast Journalism students have produced two special short podcast series focusing on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Covid Files examines the impact of COVID-19 on society. The individual episodes look at University sports, theatre work, and being homeschooled, by investigating how much everyone has had to truly tackle since the first lockdown was imposed in March 2020. anchor.fm/millie05

Keeping Education on Track https://anchor.fm/shivani-chauhan38/, is a short series that looks at how education has changed due to Covid-19. Episodes include online learning, school dinners in lockdown, and student mental health.

Video: De Montfort University student grabs gold for campaign to solve United Nations sustainable development goal

By Alexander Hodgkins-Jones

Veronica Heaven announcing the winners on Tuesday (NOV17)

A De Montfort University student is celebrating after she was announced as a winner of a national ‘sustainable futures’ competition on Tuesday (NOV17) as part of an initiative called Brief Cases.

Jade Burrell won the gold award in the Sustainable Futures: Design and Print category for her beach-saving campaign ‘For Shore’.

The Brief Cases scheme, which is run yearly by The Heaven Company, tasks university students from across the country with producing a video, print and social media campaign around one of the United Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals.

For Shore targeted goal 12, responsible consumption and production.

The 20-year-old communication arts student was shocked to win as she hadn’t felt her work was worthy of submission to the competition.

Luckily one of her tutors, Jenny Hibberd, saw the value of the project and submitted it on her behalf.

Jade said: “When I heard my name and saw my project, I couldn’t believe it.

“I didn’t know how they had got it, but there it was. I am so happy though.”

Jade Burrell with her beer mat concept which was a hit with the judges

Of her concept, Jade said: “The beaches are depleting due to sand consumption and the idea behind For Shore is to recycle used glass bottles by turning them back into reusable sand.”

Jade also had the clever idea of using beer mats to spread the message of the proposed campaign.

“Drinkers would hopefully see the mats and think to donate their empty bottles,” she said.

“And it would give pubs an incentive to work with us.”

Fellow DMU classmate Callum Dingley secured a bronze award for his campaign aimed at housing the homeless.

Veronica Heaven, founder of Brief Cases, said: “[Our] projects are underpinned by the message of sustainability – and this year has been no different.

“We wanted students to show that creating design and print can be commercially viable, engaging and exciting and at the same time have a future focussed approach.

“We had so many amazing responses and a wonderful range of project outcomes.”

Communication Arts lecturer John Coster told Jade on Monday (NOV16) to watch the show when it premiered the following day as she may be “surprised”.

The pandemic forced the show to switch from an in-person event to a pre-recorded awards video.

“Through this whole period we’ve been reminded about the need and the importance of humanity and being able to care,” said Veronica.

Information about next year’s Brief Cases competition can be found here.

‘Willy Wonka’ of Hinckley goes on chocolate spreading spree

By Alexander Hodgkins-Jones

A mystery Good Samaritan has been bringing a little bit of happiness to the people of Hinckley by leaving sweet treats on car windshields this month.

The generosity has occurred in the run up to Kindness Day UK on Friday(NOV13).

‘Wispas’ of the unknown individual have been shared on Facebook with the chocolate spreader striking at least twice in the last week.

The random acts of kindness appear not so random with a bar of Dairy Milk chocolate found on a car on Tuesday last week, subsequently followed by a bar of Galaxy last Friday morning.

It seems likely that more lucky confectionary beneficiaries may be out there.

Signed by “A stranger”, the chocolate has brought happiness to Hinckley residents

The ‘Kinder’-hearted soul left both bars with hand-written notes explaining they wanted to spread happiness during “these hard times”.

Hinckley resident Christine was thrilled to discover the out-of-this-world treat on her car last Friday and shared her find online hoping the person would see her appreciation.

“It was such a lovely thing to do and I really was thankful for it,” she said.

In an online post, the recipient of the Dairy Milk described the ‘Boost’ it had given them ahead of the then looming national lockdown.

“I will be doing the same for someone else,” they wrote.

With ongoing tensions due to the coronavirus pandemic, the need for community kindness is needed more than ever.

Kindness UK encourages people to get involved by doing their own random act of kindness for others and last year handed out more than 10,000 free chocolate bars at London Train Stations.

It is not known if the Hinckley’s Willy Wonka is involved with the group, with some people online suggesting the chocolate spreader has been at large for many months.

Whatever the case, they have certainly brought a smile to residents of Hinckley during November.

If you think you’ve been struck by the Willy Wonka of Hinckley please email alexhj@outlook.com.