And now for the science bit…

Appearing in De Montfort University Leicester (DMU)’s new TV advert isn’t the first time that Shivani Raja has been encouraged to step outside of her comfort zone.

Shivani appears in the science scenes in the advert and recently graduated from her DMU Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science degree, which included a work placement in a team developing a variety of medicines.

She said: “DMU encouraged me to take a placement, even though I was quite intimidated of going out into the industry, especially the science industry, where it’s very male-oriented and very male-dominant.

“But all the theory I was taught at university I was able to put in to practice and I got to mature on a professional platform and work on loads of different projects.”

The science scenes represent DMU’s academic excellence and research focus, and Shivani agrees that the new TV advert accurately showcases life at DMU for her.

Shivani said: “The TV advert gives a good reflection of life at DMU, there are a lot of lecturers who are active in their research fields and you do get to see ground-breaking science.”


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Inspirational academics in Shivani’s subject area include Professor Joan Taylor, who invented a prize-winning artificial pancreas to help insulin-dependent diabetics, and Dr Katie Laird, whose research revealed that nearly half of hospital uniforms are washed in temperatures too cool to kill bacteria.

Shivani enjoyed the new experience of filming the TV advert, she added: “I wanted to be involved because it’s one of those opportunities that doesn’t come around very often.

“My highlight has definitely been having my own little glam squad – I had a hair and make-up artist and I had people looking after me.”


Also involved in filming the TV advert was second-year Biomedical Science student Mayur Bhudia, he added: “DMU has definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone. Before appearing in the TV advert I wouldn’t have really done anything like this, or put myself forward, so DMU has given me a new-found sense of confidence.

“If I was to sum up my experience I would say it’s been very enjoyable and very fun.”

These scenes show our commitment to research and academic excellence, as demonstrated by DMU teacher Momodou Salleh, who was named most innovative in the country at the 2015 Times Higher Education Awards.

Our academic staff have earned 18 National Teaching Fellowships in recognition of the high standard of their teaching, making DMU one of the top three universities in the UK for teaching excellence.

The university’s Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development is leading an international project to tackle global water issues and DMU research on the ‘healthiest' cooking oils was revealed on BBC's Trust Me, I'm a Doctor.

Posted on: Monday 05 September 2016

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