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The University of Leicester unveiled its very own version of the board game MONOPOLY yesterday (Friday 13th) at an event designed to help students de-stress during the exam period.

The game was launched as part of a wider campaign implemented by the University of Leicester Students’ Union, aimed at helping tackle the pressure of exams, and was designed with input from staff, students and alumni.

Players can choose to buy the David Wilson Library, Centre for Medicine, the Attenborough Tower’s paternoster and Victoria Park. The COMMUNITY CHEST and CHANCE cards have also been tailored for the localised version of the popular game.

Photo Credit: University of Leicester

Unveiled and available to play all day yesterday in the Percy Gee Square, the brains behind the idea hope it will encourage students to take a break from revision to relax.

Georgie Tansell, Sales and Marketing Manager of the University of Leicester Students’ Union, said: “We recognise that this time of year is very important for our students and we are keen to give them all the support we can. We have a great team here that provide excellent support during exam season, but we feel it is imperative to provide students with a variety of activities to help them counter stress.”

All of the artwork was designed by the University’s Creative Team and the game was created in conjunction with Winning Moves, developers of MONOPOLY, under official license from Hasbro.

Photo Credit: University of Leicester

Sam Winter, Senior Marketing Officer at the University of Leicester, said: “It’s great that the University of Leicester now has its own edition of MONOPOLY. The game was created with input from the University community who sent in suggestions for board locations and COMMUNITY CHEST and CHANCE cards. It will be good to see our students taking a break from revision to play our version of the game.”

Other activities on offer during the winter exam period include puppy rooms, yoga classes and exam breakfasts. The student executive team will also be granting the wishes of students via the Twitter hashtag #LeicesterLove.

The University of Leicester MONOPOLY edition costs £29.99 and is available for purchase online here.

By Jennifer Morris

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