De Montfort University aims to give free reusable cups to students

 

The Vijay Patel building epitomises DMU’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

By Conor de Smith

De Montfort University is aiming to give students a free, sustainable cup to reduce the amount of plastic used on campus.

The Leicester-based university said it already recycles 90 per cent of its waste and is intending to eliminate the use of plastic bottles in its food outlets.

DMU wishes to distribute 25,000 reusable coffee cups at the start of the next academic year at an estimated cost of between £70,000 and £80,000.

Students will be given 22,000 of these cups with the other 3,000 going to staff. Using them will result in a 20p reduction in the cost of hot drinks at all restaurants and coffee outlets on campus.

Discussions with catering partner Chartwells are ongoing to ensure these cups are also on sale for around £3 or £4 and that crockery alternatives will be available if people forget their cups.

The university is also exploring the possibility of importing hygienic water fountains from Japan to use across campus to allow students to fill containers or simply have a drink.

A formal announcement regarding the initiative, the first of its kind in the United Kingdom, is expected to take place on 6 June at a United Nations conference in New York.

Vice-Chancellor Dominic Shellard said: “We have to start somewhere and I just feel that it’s incumbent now on any individual who is concerned about the future of our planet to make some small change which is cognising with some of the things we’re doing.

“It’s not too late but it’s getting pretty late. How will this reduce the excessive figure of disposable plastics? In a very small way but I think every action counts.”

An estimated total of 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups are thrown away each year in the UK and MPs recently called for a 25p tax on every one used.

DMU have renewed their partnership with Leicestershire County Cricket Club

DMU cricket partnership signing 2016

Photo: De Montfort University (www.dmu.ac.uk)

By Mollie Mansfield

Students will continue to work closely with the Leicestershire County Cricket Club (LCCC) after De Montfort University (DMU) signed yet another two-year deal.

The university has sponsored the cricket club since 2011 and the partnership has been growing stronger ever since.

De Montfort University Vice-Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard said: “We are very proud of our partnership with Leicestershire County Cricket Club, which will offer unrivalled opportunities to our students.”

The sponsorship signing has taken place ahead of the club’s new first-class season, which is just over a month away.

When talking to the university, Dominic added: “We look forward to the new season at the Fischer County Ground, Grace Road and cheering on our cricketers in their annual Varsity match against the University of Leicester on 20 May.”

“These are exciting times for Leicestershire CCC under Wasim’s dynamic leadership.”

DMU cricket team has also received coaching from the professional players and coaches from LCCC ahead of the universities Varsity match at the end of the month, which will be held at the LCCC’s Fischer County Ground.

Leicestershire CCC are also helping the university to establish a women’s cricket team, according to County Chief executive, Wasim Khan.

When talking to De Montfort University, Khan said: “Leicestershire County Cricket Club has again worked with De Montfort University in helping students get real life experience through the DMU Graduate Champions and Frontrunner schemes.”

De Montfort University remembers

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Staff and students of De Montfort University paid their respects to the wounded and fallen at their annual Armistice Service this morning.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard led the service outside the Hawthorn Building, speaking about a recently-found Roll of Honour and three former students who served during World War One whilst studying at the university.

The students Prof Shellard referred to were John Mawby, William Henry Grayson and William Davis, who all fought and died along with many other Leicestershire citizens in the Action of the Hohenzollern. The battle was described as “nothing but the useless slaughter of infantry” by the British Official History.

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Mr Shellard described the numbers in attendance as “the largest turnout that we’ve had”, and attributed this to the university’s focus on history and heritage in the past year, including students’ discovery of a Roll of Honour from 1919.

He added: “it was a nice secular moment for the university to come together and reflect on the fact that so many people have given their lives from our institution.”

Prof Shellard actually had a great uncle who was a Prisoner of War in Malaya during the Second World War for four years. He referred to his relative as a “big man” who lost nearly 10 stone whilst in the camp.

Dennis Stone, head of security at the university, who previously served in the 3rd Battalion Light Infantry, joined Prof Shellard in addressing the audience.

Mr Stone delivered a short speech about his background and his experiences before proceeding to recite ‘For the Fallen’, followed by the two minutes silence that was adhered to impeccably and respectfully.