Inspirational students praised at DMU Square Mile Awards

Inspirational students picked up accolades at the annual DMU Square Mile Awards, recognising those who have potentially changed lives in the community.


This year a record-breaking 1,500 students from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) have volunteered their time through the programme, which works to share the skills of students and staff with the community.

From mentoring school pupils to boost reading and numeracy, to running life-saving health programmes and helping the elderly, DMU Square Mile is the embodiment of the university’s ethos to be a public good.

Students who have made a difference in the lives of others were rewarded with trophies and certificates as those with whom they have worked praised their dedication and hard work.

Mark Charlton, DMU Square Mile manager, said: “This has been an amazing year for Square Mile.

“This year has seen an unprecedented number of projects and activities delivered - enhancing the skills and health of local residents, bringing communities together through inspiring activities and providing unique support projects to Leicester schools.

“This is our opportunity to say a big thank you to all our incredible student volunteers.”

Watch a video of DMU Square Mile’s amazing year here:

Throughout the next two weeks, we will be profiling the winners who provide a perfect example of how DMU is a public good beyond the campus boundaries.


The winners were:

Outstanding Engagement 2015

This award recognises students who have gone above and beyond in supporting a group, organisation or individual

Winner: Alex Grice

Highly Commended: Shamiso Zinanga

Highly Commended: Jinxin Zhou


Community Impact 2015

Given to students whose efforts have had the most profoundly positive impact on the Square Mile project they contributed to

Winner: Kate Lowe

Highly commended: Saiyaf Zulfecar

Highly commended: Laura Brown


Leadership Award

Recognises the students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership ability

Winner: Amir Mahmood

Highly commended: Samar Gad and Francesca Nixon


Outstanding Commitment

Students who have demonstrated exemplary dedication to one or more Square Mile project and activities


Winner: Leanne Churchill 

Highly commended: Charlotte Cundall

Highly commended: Xiatong Zeng


Inspirational Student

Awarded to students who are truly exemplary in their attitude, commitment and achievements

Winner: Nguyen Thuy Linh.


Highly Commended: Megan Shanahan

Highly Commended: Luke Evans


Student Project of the Year

Recognises student-led projects which have an exceptional impact on the community

Winner: Slater Primary – DSU Tae Kwon Do.


Highly Commended: Dirty Electronics

Highly Commended: Transitions Magazine


Best Student Experience

Students who have, though a blog or activity, had the greatest impact on inspiring other students to support Square Mile

Winners: India Fundraising Project – Tabinda Shah, Miriam Parveen Khan and Marufa Choudhury

Highly commended: Homework Club, Mellor Primary, Maariyaah Karim

Highly commended: IT4Free, Coding Club – Luke Carter, Glen Hawthorne


Global Good Award

Recognises the students who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the principles of public good with a global outlook

Winner: Grace Broughton

Highly Commended: Krishna Nama

Highly Commended: Mara Stancelescu




Posted on: Tuesday 05 May 2015

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