The ribbon was finally cut on #YourNewDSU yesterday by Premier League champion Christian Fuchs.
Over the past nine months the Campus Centre has been completely transformed into a home fit for De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU) and the Leicester City defender was on hand alongside President of DSU, Dan Winney, and De Montfort University (DMU)’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard to formally open the freshly refurbished building.
Our new home has seen a massive £3million investment to turn the building into a fantastic hub for students to relax, socialise and make your student life exceptional – and Christian brought his infamous Egg Roulette Challenge to crack open the celebrations.
The assembled crowd were also treated to performances from the DMU Steppers and the university’s Gospel Choir plus a special Guard of Honour from cheerleading squad DMU Saints. The entire event was streamed live online and on FM radio by DSU’s resident student media group Demon Media.
Giving his speech to hundreds of students gathered in the Campus Centre Atrium as well as Milly Lane’s, Dan said: “It’s been a long journey to get here, but I am so proud of what has been created.
“This is a place that all students can call their home from home; a place which deserves to sit within the aptly named Campus Centre, because your students’ union should be the centre of campus.
“When we started our journey, that was the focus of our plans – a place which our entire student body could enjoy.”
Dan and Christian were joined on stage by DMU's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dominic Shellard.
“A lot of people have been involved in this project, including all of the fantastic DSU staff who are dotted around the room,” Dan continued.
“A special mention must go to [Head of Commercial Development] Chris Hackett, who has led this project from the start and endured many sleepless nights to ensure its success.
“I also see many past staff, officers, and DMU alumni who have played an important role. Similarly we must, of course, thank the university for the investment they have made and their continued support of all DSU activities.”
Christian, who was on campus to celebrate the honorary degree of Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri plus the signing of the former Austrian national football captain’s partnership with his #NoFuchsGiven fashion brand, then took questions from the assembled crowd before playing his infamous Egg Roulette game with three ‘lucky’ DMU students.
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The Premier League star was then given a tour of the building, where he tried a special #NoFuchsGiven smoothie at Milly Lane’s, heard about the work of both DSU and lettings service Sulets, and took time out for photos with fans.
Having been given a tour of the refurbished Campus Centre, along with the rest of DMU’s freshly-transformed campus, Christian said he was impressed with the university.
He said: “It reminds me of the Google headquarters I went to in New York; the glass and the light and the space. It’s very modern and makes you feel relaxed and at ease.
“It’s a really impressive university.”
You can read more about #YourNewDSU here. You can also follow the story of the Campus Centre transformation here.
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