DMU courses change format

By Kira Gibson

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the government guidelines now being in place stating that no face to face interaction should happen unless it is extremely necessary (such as food shopping and medical assistance) De Montfort University has changed all lessons to be online based.

The majority of the remaining taught lessons have been scheduled over Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, where students and teachers can use video chat to complete their lessons.

However, for those in the nursing sector, things have been a little harder to get to grips with.

One student, who wished to remain nameless, said “our course has been turned upside down. All we get given is a general statement from the nursing and midwifery council and no information from the uni. I go out into practice in two weeks and I have no information about what is going on.”

According to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) first year nursing students will be having their practice hours suspended and everything theory related will be completed online. Volunteering hours don’t count towards the course for first years either.

For any other nursing and midwifery students (all years) their course will change to be 80% practice and 20% theory with all lectures being online and no seminars due to the lecturers being registered nurses who have gone back into practice to help with the Coronavirus pandemic.


The email sent to all nursing students from DMU lecturers

To read the statement from the NMC follow the link below:

Journalism exams postponed at DMU

By Kira Gibson

The NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists) exams for the single honours journalism course at DMU have been postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic ongoing currently.

Already scheduled a month later due to the UCU strikes that went on in March, all the exams in April have been cancelled and delayed till later in the year with speculation as to whether the same will happen for the May exam dates.

Tutors are keeping students up to date with what exam dates are being arranged via email.

Leicester gym chains to freeze payments during Coronavirus outbreak

By Samuel Gill

Gym chains were one of the latest to close this past Friday (MAR20) alongside pubs, leisure centres, clubs, theatres, cinemas and restaurants in new measures announced by Boris Johnson in order to tackle COVID-19 also known as Coronavirus.

This led to potential worry from customers due to the amount of time that the pandemic could last and as a result, gym chains taking money from customers still during this.

These worries have been confounded though with many of the large chains committed to pausing members’ payments including PureGym which has two locations in Leicester (St Georges Way and Walnut Street).

When gyms reopen, payments will be credited by any outstanding amount from their current subscription and classes/workouts will be launched on their app.

Other chains to announce this move include Virgin Active, David Lloyd Clubs, The Gym and Fitness First with many helping customers out in these uncertain times.

Leicester Riders’ BBL season postponed until further notice

By Samuel Gill

Leicester Riders’ BBL season has been postponed ‘until further notice’ due to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) epidemic with the rest of this season’s action cast into doubt.

This past weekend, Riders’ Women’s team who take part in the WBBL won their third straight Trophy title in Birmingham but this proved to be the last action for a Leicester based team as the decision was made on Tuesday (MAR17) to postpone it.

This has allowed Riders’ players Kyron Cartwright and Namon Wright, both from the United States, to head home before any further measures are implemented.

As a result Glasgow Rocks who currently lead the standings called for the league to hand them the title due to their win ratio which other teams have since shunned on social media.

Attenborough Arts Centre set to close ‘for the foreseeable future’ due to Coronavirus

By Samuel Gill

Attenborough Arts Centre in Leicester is one of the main venues that has been closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak which has hit the arts industry hard.

Closures to venues such as The Cookie and Curve Theatre in Leicester have already occurred but the venue which is tied to University of Leicester will close this Saturday (21MAR).

The University itself shut at the end of last week with De Montfort University following suit on Monday (16MAR), becoming one of the final higher education establishments to do so.

With the closure of Attenborough, this means that events such as Wrestling Resurgence, a usually sold out show which next takes place on Saturday (25APR) at the venue will now be rescheduled, as they will likely close till at least May when a period of lockdown is utilised for venues.