Students present experiences as volunteers supporting refugees

DMU Students presented their personal experience as volunteers for the Square Mile Refugee Support Programme. The Refugee Support Programme started in November 2015 and was created to welcome and provide ongoing support to refugees. The project currently works in partnership with the Race Equality Centre, Leicester City ASSIST Practice – a local GP in the city centre and After 18 – the charity located in St Martins House. During the presentations a range of student volunteers described their roles and personal experiences from engaging with the project.

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Tale of refugee’s escape from Libya was focus of dance performance

The tale of one refugee’s escape from Libya by boat to Malta was the central focus of a short performance by two DMU students at a 24-hour #LoveInternational vigil. Third year Performing Arts students Ross Thomson, 21, from Edinburgh, and 20-year-old Kirstie Johnston, from Luton, together form the Ten29 Theatre Collective. The pair volunteered to put on their recent work A Place by the Sea, using mainly a table and chairs as stage props, as part of the vigil.  Continue reading

Nursing student’s account of care for refugees published in journal

An Adult Nursing student’s account of learning to care for refugees in Berlin has been published in a well-respected national journal. Katie Dutton, a first year at De Montfort University (DMU) Leicester, travelled to the German capital for a five-day academic-led trip focusing on the health of refugees and asylum seekers – an area she knew little about. In the Nursing Standard article Katie explains how meeting Mahmoud, and listening to the story of why he and his wife fled Syria, has had a profound effect on her understanding of patient-centred care.  Continue reading

Photographer tells story of refugees’ garden of hope

A postgraduate student who runs a drop-in centre for refugees and asylum seekers in Birmingham launches a series of exhibitions of her photographic work this week, supported by Eastenders actor Nick Bailey. Pat Nimmo is a Photography postgraduate student at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) and as a result of her volunteer work and her Master’s, was asked to put together the exhibition to mark Refugee Week 2017.  The asylum seekers have helped her put together the exhibition  at the MAC Birmingham arts complex in Canon Hill Park. Continue reading

24-hour vigil highlights importance of UN Human Rights Declaration

Universities are built on the free exchange of ideas. Only in an environment free of intolerance and divisiveness, which welcomes diversity and difference, can new ideas which benefit the world truly be born. This is the principle on which De Montfort University operates and we strongly believe that each member of our scholarly community is a proud #CitizenOfTheWorld.  To demonstrate this, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dominic Shellard, called a 24-hour Vigil to demonstrate solidarity with victims of human rights violations and to highlight the crucial importance of Article 1 of the the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Full story here

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Students give refugees new start by teaching employability skills

Students at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) Square Mile project have been helping refugees in the city to learn new employability skills. A group are volunteering with Leicester Race Equality Centre, a voluntary service which provides support, advice and information to asylum seekers and refugees.  The students are all part of DMU Square Mile, which works with organisations across Leicester to support projects that help people and communities. Read the full story at the De Montfort University website here  
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Students learning with Syrian refugees creates a powerful energy

In a gloomy, dank school gymnasium in a backstreet of Berlin I got a tiny insight into what life is like for the displaced people of Syria who find themselves trying to settle in Germany. One sports hall in the complex was turned into a makeshift community centre for children and families. Adjacent to this was the living area for up to 150 families who have come to Germany in search of a better life. In my role as Head of Public Engagement at De Montfort University, I was with a delegation of  (DMU) students researching the city’s response to the huge influx of Syrian people – so they can reinvigorate a programme to help refugees and asylum seekers in Leicester. See full story here   Continue reading

Podcast: Working with refugees in Berlin

A delegation of De Montfort University (DMU) students researching Berlin’s response to the huge influx of Syrian people to the city – so that we can reinvigorate a programme to help refugees and asylum seekers in Leicester, United Kingdom. During their time in the German capital the following podcast was recorded with two DMU students, Nabs and Ruth, who were interviewed with ex-Syrian refugee, now architecture student, Manar. Continue reading

Students inspired by working with refugees in German capital

Students from De Montfort University (DMU) say they are determined to look at ways to help the migrant population in Leicester, after an inspirational week working with refugees in the German capital of Berlin. The 16 students travelled to Berlin last week to work with refugees and refugee help groups as part of a joint project between the pioneering #DMUglobal and DMU Square Mile schemes. Read the full story on the De Montfort University website here  Continue reading

DMU student’s work with young refugees wins university award

As a full-time student, you could be forgiven for thinking Amy Katiti has her hands full with her own studying – but she still gives up hours every week to help others.  Amy is a volunteer with Leicester charity After 18, which helps children who left war or unrest in their home country to flee to the UK alone, leaving behind family and friends. Her dedication was recognised at the DMU Square Mile Awards when she was named the winner of the Going the Extra Mile Award, given to volunteers who show an incredible amount of dedication and go above and beyond to make a difference. Read the full story at the De Montfort University Website here   Continue reading