De Montfort asked to supply names of Brexit lecturers by ‘show off’ MP

By Holly Hume


A politics expert has condemned an MP’s request to acquire university teaching material regarding Brexit.

In an interview with the Leicestershire Press, Alistair Jones, Associate Professor of Politics at De Montfort University, who last year published Britain and the European Union (2nd edition), speaks about Conservative MP Chris Heaton-Harris’ letter to UK universities.

The letter requested a list of names of those who teach Brexit and access to those teaching materials.


Alistair Jones, Politics lecturer at De Montfort University

The MP later claimed the purpose of the letter was for personal research toward writing a European history book. Many Universities have denied the MP of this information on the grounds his behaviour is, what academics are calling, McCarthyite.

The Vice Chancellor of De Montfort University, Dominic Shellard, has now confirmed that whilst a list of teachers and syllabi was compiled, the results were not sent off to Mr Heaton-Harris.




Jon Snow tweets appreciation for DMU Investigative Journalism MA

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By Mollie Mansfield

Legendary journalist and present Jon Snow has tweeted in support of De Montfort’s Investigative Journalism MA.

The MA, that is endorsed by Channel 4, is set to launch for the first time this September.

Jon Snow tweeted: “If you are interested in becoming an investigative reporter we’ve teamed up with ‪ If u r interested do talk to them!”

The course is set to cover areas such as techniques of in-depth research, including handling complex data, understanding financial information, working undercover, financial information, using freedom of information, the law, compliance and safety, alongside filming and editing.

Students will also learn how to produce investigative stories, including how to identify, pitch, research and film them.

Talking to Channel 4, Dorothy Byrne, Head of Channel 4 News and Current Affairs and Visiting Professor in Media Discourse at DMU, said: “t’s vital for the future of investigative television journalism that we train up a new generation and widen the pool of talent to include people from diverse backgrounds.”

“Quite a number of people have general television making skills, but lack the sort of specialist knowledge required.”

The MA launches this year, for more information head here.

DMU students organise dystopian film festival

By Beth Mosettig

A dystopian film festival is launched by a group of DMU students at The Phoenix Cinema on March 17-20.

The festival is organised by around 20 second year Film Studies students at De Montfort University.

The course works closely with the cinema with the festival being part of a module for the degree.

Stuart Peters, a Film Studies student who is part of the group, said: “Last year’s festival featured films on rebellion, however, we wanted to have a more art house style with our project as there are many cult films on the theme of a dystopian world.”

The group wanted to show the public more cult films centered on a dystopian theme, with films for all ages.

On the morning of Thursday March 17 there is a school screening of Wall.E for the younger audience that has already sold out.

The event is also hosting some popular recent films with a screening of Mad Max Fury Road in 3D with a DJ set afterwards coordinated to run in time with the music in the film.

As well as film and full English breakfast included on Sunday March 20 at midday with the film Silent Running.

Mr Peters went on to say: “It’s really cool to have a working partnership with the cinema and the students as you can get experience behind the scenes as well as at the front.”

You can find out more information on their Facebook page Dystopian Film Festival or their twitter @filmfestphoenix


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Foxes snatch late winner from resolute Canaries

– By Ben Clarke

A late winner from substitute Leonardo Ulloa kept the Foxes top of the pile with Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City hot on their tails.

Norwich City had been tough to break down and even had chances of their own until the 88th minute when Marc Albrighton put in a low cross, which left last seasons top scorer with a simple tap in.

The league leaders Leicester City made one change from the side that lost to Arsenal two weeks ago with Daniel Amartey replacing the suspended Danny Simpson, to make his debut.


City’s first attack came with Jamie Vardy who broke to the byline inside the box before finding Shinji Okazaki whose effort was blocked and cleared by Russell Martin.

The early pressure didn’t let up when Marc Albrighton’s cut back was turned agonisingly wide by Ryan Bennett.

26 minutes in and the first bit of magic from Mahrez who turned two defenders before his shot was blocked and teed up to Albirghton, from the ever impressive N’Golo Kante, who fired over.

Albrighton went close again when his in-swinging free kick found no one but went inches wide of the far hand post.

Norwich’s best chance of the half fell to Jerome who headed Robbie Brady’s corner just wide.

Half time 0-0

Mahrez provided a great bit of trickery early in the second half, drawing a foul from Bennett 25-yards-out and Danny Drinkwater’s lay off to Vardy was saved low by John Ruddy.

Two changes for the home side came with 20 minutes to go, with Okazaki and Kante being replaced by Andy King and Jeff Schlupp, who scored in the reverse fixture earlier this season.

77 minutes in came the Foxes last change with Leonardo Ulloa coming on for Amartey with the blues trying to press for the winner that would keep them top.

Redmond came close to nicking a lead for the Canaries in the 83rd minute when his long range effort flew narrowly past the right hand post.

On the 88th minute Leicester finally had their break through as a cutting low cross from Albrighton who put it on a plate for Leonardo Ulloa who tapped in from close range.

There was one late scare for the league leaders when substitute Patrick Bamford, on for Jerome, fired wide after Leicester failed to clear their lines.



Leicester City Vs Norwich City 27/02/16 3 pm k.o. 

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Assistants: Scott Ledger and Harry Lennard

Fourth official: Stuart Atwell

Attendance: 32,114 (3,332 away)