Newsletter provides film project updates

A project to examine and address inequality in the film and television industries led by experts at DMU has published its December newsletter containing conference calls, interviews and a database survey. Evolution Film was established in 2022 and forms part of the British Academy Innovation Fellowship between Prof CJP Lee, De Montfort University, and Jones Bamber Productions Ltd. Its December newsletter provides updates and opportunities on the work of the project which champions a number of sustainability targets contained in the goals of 5, 10, 16 and 17 and more. Read the newsletter here

Climate Action Awards launched at DMU

A new awards initiative to celebrate staff and students who are going the extra mile for sustainability at De Montfort University, Leicester (DMU) and beyond, has been launched.

The inaugural ‘Climate Action Awards’ will celebrate and recognise the sustainable efforts and commitment of staff and students across the university, with the opportunity to come together and celebrate all their hard work at a bespoke ceremony in December.


Staff and students are being encouraged to take part in the awards by submitting any work they have undertaken through; research, teaching and campus activity in the pursuit of acting to reduce global warming and improve sustainability.

Associate Director of Sustainable Development Goal Impact, Mark Charlton, said: “These awards are about recognising the efforts staff and students are making through their efforts and innovations.

“We have made the entry process as simple as possible to draw out as many examples as possible of good work being undertaken to take climate action, no matter how big or small.”

Entries are now open and will close on Friday 2 December. 

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DMU Expert joins Cost of Living Crisis debate

Many people are worrying about the cost of energy. Dr Andy Wright, Reader in Building Engineering Physics at DMU, was on the Ady Dayman show on BBC Radio Leicester on October 19. It was recorded in the house of a listener, talking to the a householder about energy use and how to reduce it. It can be heard on BBC sounds here, starting at 2h 11min 43s in case you don’t want to listen to the whole 4 hours.

Empowering Young People in the Kakuma Camp

Rachel Rouncefield from Youth and Community Development in DMU’s Health and Life Science Faculty, has spent the past 18 months researching with a wide network of young people and organisations – investigating what makes successful co-creative work between adults and young people tick; whether it leads to community empowerment and how this kind of approach might benefit minority communities in particular.

Then, with the help of Bola Akinrolabu (Research Assistant) and some support funds from DMU for the research participants, the opportunity arose to run two research focus groups (virtually) with young people in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya (pictured). Rachel had heard about a particular project aimed at empowering young women at the camp, and had some help to engage with the young people and their supportive peers through a network member who had already been successful in gaining a scholarship from the camp to a Canadian university.

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