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.

‘Lockdown has been tough – but my confidence and study skills have improved through lockdown restrictions’

DMU student Sahar Hussain tells Pythias Makonese that although she has struggled during lockdown, it has taught her many valuable lessons.

Sahar Hussain, 21, is currently doing a Masters in Research Applied Health Studies at De Montfort University. 

“I have been here for four years-the first three years were for my degree and now my one year for my masters,” she says.

She thinks the COVID 19 pandemic had many adverse effects on people in general, including herself. Being locked down and learning online makes uni life difficult, she says.

“There have been many effects on my studies and I think the biggest one has been trying to understand the lectures we have had, especially now some of the modules are completely new and we need more time to grasp them,” she says.

Sahar Hussain in the library: “I have found the lockdown tough – but it has improved my study skills.”

In terms of her education, she has found that her assignments are harder to complete – mainly because she finds it harder to concentrate during long online lectures.

“For me, personally, it has been the online activities and workshops we have to do that I have found most difficult,” she says.

“For example, I find it very hard to concentrate during online lectures compared to when I am attending lectures within the classroom.  I think students can be distracted especially when they are by themselves on a computer,” she says.

Sahar claims the effects of online learning have affected her quite severely.

However, using the library as her primary source of work and research has been helpful, she says.

“During lockdown I have noticed that the library has been a lot quieter and I have been coming to the library Monday to Friday – every single day due to there being fewer resources at home,” she says. 

She found disturbances at home unbearable because of different people coming in and out of the house . And at home her wif-if was slow. It made studying and watching online lectures even more difficult.

“I think one of the biggest lessons I have learnt is to be more independent to try to find better and more suitable ways to study. My confidence and study skills have improved through lockdown restrictions,” she say

 Sahar believes that the arrival of the vaccine will help to ease the lockdown. However, she still recommends that extra care is needed.

“I think we still need to be very careful with social distancing and putting on masks. We must take these measures because we are still currently not done at all with this pandemic,” she says.

Only leave your home if you have to, says Sahar. She only leaves her accommodation to study, go to the library and fetch essentials.

Sahar Hussain highly commends how DMU has handled the COVID-19 situation – especially with the introduction of the hardship fund.