VIDEO: DMU student reflects on Wembley trip for FA Cup final

By Oliver Taylor

De Montfort University student Luke Pawley was one of the 6,250 Leicester City fans at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, May 15.

Luke was selected as one of two lucky journalism students to attend the FA Cup final.

With tears in his eyes, Luke watched as the club he has supported for his entire life lifted the trophy for the first time in its history.

Luke said: “I got a message about it first and I thought someone was winding me up! I then got a call and had it confirmed.

“I was there working for DMU as well so I knew I had a job to do there, but the overriding feeling was just pure, personal excitement.”

Demon Media celebrates 25th anniversary

By Thomas Carter

The Demon Media group at DMU will be celebrating the society’s 25th anniversary throughout the month of April.

Members of the group [or ‘Demons’ as they’re known in the DMU community] have a whole host of celebratory plans and events to mark the upcoming occasion that students across the university can get involved with.

Radio station Demon FM are launching a revamped schedule, including anniversary-themed shows. Magazine, The Demon, is publishing a bumper special edition, featuring articles written by current students as well as DMU alumni.

Lawrence Robertson, chair of Demon Media, said: “This is a key milestone for the group and gives us the opportunity to celebrate our history, forging new and strengthened connections with our alumni as we continue to develop our membership experience for future Demons.

“Due to the pandemic, our 25th year has also been one of our most challenging. Despite this, the team have worked incredibly hard to continue to provide the best possible experience for our members.

“This has undoubtedly been a challenge, but it has been fantastic to see how everyone has risen to that and gotten involved regardless.”

Demon Media is looking forward to exciting 25th anniversary celebrations (Credit: Demon Media)

In addition to the strand-specific events, the group is also looking to host the annual ‘Demon Media Awards’ night at the end of term, with members coming together to celebrate individual achievements across the society and look back on memorable moments from the last year.

“The passion and commitment I see every day honestly amazes me and makes me so proud to be part of what has to be one of the best student groups at DMU,” added Lawrence.

Established in 1996, Demon Media has been home to thousands of student members over the years, and is one of the oldest societies remaining active at DMU today.

For more information on the Demon Media anniversary celebrations and to find out how to get involved with the group, visit:

DSU to host free British Sign Language workshop

By Thomas Carter

The DMU Students’ Union (DSU) is offering the opportunity for students to learn official British Sign Language in a free online live course.

The course, taking place on Thursday [MAR25], will consist of a three-hour session with training group Sign Bright, and tickets can be purchased at no charge on the DSU website.

Content covered in the training includes the basics of signing, such as the alphabet, numbers, colours and more.

More information on the event and to find out how you can sign up can be accessed here:

Separate but together. De Montfort University keeps the spirit of Pride alive online honouring the idea of connectivity

By Molly Talbot

De Montfort University celebrated Pride month with a twist last month, after being forced to move online due to the coronavirus restrictions.

Despite being online, organisers tried to stay true to the theme of ‘connectivity’.

This year it was DMU’s seventh Pride celebration and although the start of 2021 was different to what may have been anticipated, the university made a tremendous effort to still make the event inclusive and enjoyable for those getting involved.

About 450 people attended the virtual Pride experience. There were opportunities to attend around 14 different events including, talks, mindfulness sessions and an online quiz.

There was also the addition of virtual Pride backgrounds and the use of filters to create more of a presence since the traditional handing out of T-Shirts and lanyards on campus had to be forfeited.

The chair of the LGBTQ+ network for De Montfort University, Dr Bethan Rogoyski, said: “I think celebrating Pride is of huge importance to the students and staff of DMU.

“The LGBTQ+ community is a huge part of that at DMU, and the Pride celebrations enhance visibility to make sure it’s clear that the LGBTQ+ populations are not only welcomed but valued and celebrated.”

The idea to put Pride online was partly due to the awareness that the lockdowns and following restrictions have had a major impact on the LGBTQ+ community particularly, and hosting the event online created a space for celebration, communication and conversations that are really important factors  of the community.

Dr Rogoyski added: “Whilst we are remote, we are using online spaces to communicate and meet, which has been great for keeping in touch and sharing mutual interests.”

There are several spaces also available at the university campus for members of the LGBTQ+ ( in addition to  any other networks) community to retreat to, such as the “Breathing space” in the Portland building. It is the university’s hope that the communities will feel comfortable using the spaces available – they are always open.

If you missed any of this year’s Pride events they are available for catch-up via the DMU-events YouTube page.

DMU hosts final Digital Open Day of 2020/21 year

By Thomas Carter

Last weekend (MAR13) marked the final Digital Open Day put on by the DMU team for the current academic year.

The event, taking place online just as all previous Open Days have for this year due to Covid-19 restrictions, featured a wide variety of virtual talks, hosted by DMU Student Ambassadors and staff members.

Topics covered in the online forums included information about life in Leicester, specific course-related sessions, and even virtual campus tours which consisted of student-made videos and interactive quizzes.

With national Covid-19 regulations being eased in the coming months, everyone at DMU is looking forward to welcoming prospective students on to campus in the near future.