DMU Square Mile creates magazine club for secondary school kids in Leicester

By Natasha Stapleton

Volunteer students have teamed up with De Montfort University’s project group to create magazine clubs across two schools in Leicester.

The students will work with secondary school pupils at New College and The Lancaster School once a week for an hour after school.

Volunteer and Third Year English Literature student Lauren Marston, 20, said: “I am really enthusiastic to start this project because I would love to work with children who are equally passionate for journalism and writing”

The volunteers are expected to aid pupils in specific areas such as creative writing and magazine designs, and running some sessions on how to improve their writing skills and learn about layouts.

It is the responsibility for the volunteer students to organise how they magazine club will run, and meet with the pupils to plan what will happen with the school magazine.

Josh Hargreaves, Projects and Outreach Coordinator at Square Mile, said: “We want to make it fun, make it engaging and have a great time doing it.”

They will work with the school for a minimum of 12 weeks, and aim to have a magazine designed and ready for the Square Mile group to print and distribute around the school.

Lauren added: “It will also look great on my CV and create links between De Montfort Students with the local school.

“Volunteering at the Magazine Club will provide me with an opportunity to gain vital experience that is needed when I leave university.”

New College – in Leicester West – serves over 900 students and its pupils are between the ages of 11 and 18.

In 2014, 41% of all pupils attained five GCSEs grade A* to C including English and Maths.

The Lancaster School in Aylestone is a boys school with pupils between 11 and 16.

In 2015, 46% of boys attained five plus A* to C GCSE grades or equivalent including English and Maths.

DMU student preparing to bring Disorder to fashion industry

Despite the fact that she is yet to even graduate, one Journalism student at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) has secured herself a job with fashion magazine Disorder.

Samantha Jagger, who has only recently completed her final year studying DMU’s NCTJ accredited Journalism course, has managed to find the ideal job with Disorder magazine by combining her love for fashion with her passion for journalism.

Disorder Magazine is an independent youth magazine featuring the best in new fashion, music, art, technology and film.

Samantha, who had done some work for Disorder prior to being offered a full-time role, was offered a position as a Journalist and Stylist for the magazine.

She said: “I was asked a while ago to do a photoshoot for them which they really liked and told me that they wanted to take me on full-time. I’ve also been made editor of a monthly four page feature which I’m really excited about.

“DMU made it easy for me to tailor everything I did on the Journalism course towards fashion so at the end of it I came out with the relevant journalism qualifications but I also have experience in fashion on top of that.”

One of Samantha’s first responsibilities was to represent her new employers at Graduate Fashion Week in London, the world’s biggest student fashion event.

Speaking at the catwalks, Samantha added: “Everyone’s got a really good vibe at these places, there’s just so much passion about.

“If you want to get into fashion then these are the places to be because you have to network with people to make yourself known.”