10 reasons to #loveDMU in 2016
Our New Year’s resolution is to continue providing you with a rewarding student experience that helps you achieve your goals by acting on your feedback wherever possible.
Every weekday from 11-22 January, we will be letting you know about some of the positive changes we have made in response to your requests, as well as holding competitions each day with some fantastic prizes including Amazon Kindles, FREE membership to the QEII Leisure Centre and a FREE lunch up to the value of £5 on campus every weekday for a month (terms and conditions apply, please see below*).
Here are some of the amazing things you can do this year at DMU:
1. Meet new friends
There are plenty of opportunities to meet new people at DMU and - who knows? - they could become friends for life. The i-Buddies scheme matches newly arrived international students with existing DMU students who can help them settle into life in a new country. Buddies meet every fortnight and contact each other weekly via email. Get involved and you can learn about another culture whilst making a new friend.
Mentoring scheme MyUniPal gives you another opportunity to make new friends this year. Set up by De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU), they are always looking for volunteers to mentor new students, so why not use your knowledge to help others settle into life at DMU? This is your chance to pass on your wisdom to a new student and help them adapt to life at DMU.
2. Eat healthily
It can be hard to eat as healthily as you would like to on a student budget, but we can help you stay on track to revamp your eating habits in 2016. As part of our exciting £136 million campus transformation project the Oasis and Kimberlin library cafes have been refurbished and now provide an increased selection of refreshments with freshly prepared hot and cold food including paninis, flatbreads, baguettes and sandwiches. They also have vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available to cater to all requirements.
The Fridge Raiders scheme can help you cook healthier meals at home as well. They are a group of DMU staff and students who are trained to advise on healthy eating. If you live in Bede or New Wharf, they can visit you for a fridge analysis and an informal chat about how you can incorporate more healthy foods into your diet. If you don’t live in either of these halls, you can contact them for a FREE nutrition manual and recipe book instead.
3. Focus on your studies
As a new year begins, you might decide that now is the time to step up your studying. Thanks to your feedback, the Kimberlin Library is open 24:7 during term time, giving you plenty of time to catch up on reading for your course!
Also as a result of student comments, 12 new quick-access PCs and a high volume printer have been installed in the library entrance, as well as new self-service book issuing and returns equipment, making your trip to the library as hassle-free as possible.
Additional PCs will be rolled out across Kimberlin Library in phases during Spring Term. By Easter, more than 130 extra PCs will be in place, including 20 additional CAD workstations
Keep an eye out for the new laptop loan service, which will be introduced this year too: laptops will be stored in an automated self-service locker system and students can borrow them using a touch screen.
4. Get fit
Our £8 million QEII Leisure Centre offers state-of-the-art facilities right here on campus including a range of workout classes, a 25-metre swimming pool and a climbing wall. You can select a range of membership options when joining which are designed to fit around your student life, including term-time only membership, saving you money during the holidays. The QEII has also extended its opening hours during weekdays for 2016, giving you even more of an opportunity to take advantage of what it has to offer.
DSU are also running Campus 330, a range of free short exercise sessions for those who want to get active without the commitment of joining a sports club. You can try out Pilates, circuits, kickboxing and more, totally commitment-free. Find out more here.
5. Make a difference in the local community
Working in partnership with Leicester City Council, #DMUlocal offers our students a wide range of exciting opportunities including volunteering, internships and activities that will really make a difference to the community around you. Through the scheme, we are responding to some of the most critical challenges facing the city by improving children’s education, supporting the wider community and boosting the local economy.
This offers meaningful experiences to enrich your studies and your life through helping others. Many of our students are already getting involved, make sure you are a part of it. It's great for your CV too!
6. Broaden your horizons
With our pioneering international experience programme, #DMUglobal, the world is your oyster. Enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons through a wide range of on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering.
Only six per cent of students studying in the UK have had an overseas experience while they studied, but #DMUglobal gives all DMU students the opportunity for international study while they are with us.
Why not visit #DMUglobal’s webages now and check out the latest opportunities?
7. Save money
Take control of your finances in 2016 with the help of DMU’s Student Finance and Welfare Team. Whether you just want some tips on how to make the most of your pennies, or if you are worried about debt and need advice, there’s plenty they can do to help you manage your money and access funding to which you might be eligible.
As part of our commitment to employability, we also offer the DMU Employability Travel Bursary. You could receive up to £200 per academic year to travel to job/internship/further study interviews and/or assessment and employer events such as Fairs and Open Days. To find out more, please click here.
8. Build your CV
Employers look for well-rounded graduates who stand out from the crowd, and DMU has plenty of initiatives which will help you boost your employability when you leave university.
By becoming a Frontrunner or taking up a work placement, you can put what you learn in the lecture theatre into practice in a real-world working environment. The majority of Frontrunner internships are based within DMU and include admin roles and social media work as well as project work within DMU faculties and Professional Services Departments. Work placements, linked to your course, are available in the UK or abroad and can lead directly to a job offer after you graduate.
One-to-one career advice, industry mentoring and support for business start-up add to the wealth of opportunities offered by your Careers and Employability Service at DMU.
Once you graduate, you can also take a look at DMU’s Graduate Champions scheme which offers recent graduates from the university the chance to take up a six-week, paid internship with a leading UK business to enhance their CV in the competitive jobs market. Many of our graduates have benefitted from the scheme, and some have even been offered a job after completing their internship!
9. Join a sports club or society
At the moment there are more than 150 vibrant and well-supported DSU societies and sports club that cater for a wide range of interests. Getting involved in a society or sports club can help you develop an existing hobby or find a new one and it’s also a great opportunity to make new friends and step outside of your comfort zone.
If you're a sports fan, make sure you keep an eye on our student webpages for our extremely popular ticket giveaways which we run thanks to our fantastic partnerships with Leicester City Football Club, Leicester Tigers and Leicestershire County Cricket Club. We have given away free pairs of tickets for some amazing matches including LCFC v Manchester United and Leicester Tigers v Northampton Saints.
DMU is dedicated to providing top-quality facilities for our teams and societies, demonstrated last year when the university opened The Watershed. The building, which backs onto the River Soar has its own sports hall, common room area, office space and meeting rooms and will cater for a variety of sports activities as well as hosting meetings and events for DSU’s 100-plus societies.
10. Get to know your personal tutor
DMU provides all undergraduate students with a personal tutor. It’s worth taking the time to get to know yours as they will be a valuable source of guidance and support – not just with your studies but in your general student life too as they can sign post you to the excellent student support available at DMU.
Make sure that you take the time to catch up with your personal tutor on a regular basis: time for you to do this should be scheduled in your calendar.
Also, this year there are now student School Representative Coordinators (SRCs) in every faculty, who receive a bursary for representing student views in their school or department to senior staff. Make sure you know who your SRC is, and let them know your views to help improve all students’ experience of DMU.
*Terms and Conditions
The following terms and conditions apply to all competitions and giveaways held during the #loveDMU campaign:
#loveDMU Competition Terms and Conditions
1. De Montfort University prize draw competitions are open only to De Montfort University students as at the time of the competition opening. Employees of De Montfort University, its affiliates or participating companies are not eligible to enter. Failure to comply with any part of this clause will disqualify the respective entry from the competition.
2. All entries must be received by the time and date specified (UK time).
3. Only one entry per person per prize draw competition will be accepted.
4. Obscene or inappropriate entries will not be accepted and De Montfort University reserves the right to reject any entries for any reason at its sole discretion.
5. The winner will be selected by the De Montfort University Communications Team by 5pm at the latest (UK time) on the same day of the competition.
6. The promoter will not be liable for any failure of receipt of entries. The promoter takes no responsibility for any entries which are lost, delayed, illegible, corrupted, damaged, incomplete or otherwise invalid.
7. To the extent permitted by applicable law, the promoter’s liability under or in connection with the prize draw competition or these terms and conditions shall be limited to the value of the prize in question.
8. To the extent permitted by applicable law, the promoter shall not be liable under or in connection with these terms and conditions, the prize draw competition or any prize for any indirect, special or consequential cost, expense, loss or damage suffered by a participant even if such cost, expense, loss or damage was reasonably foreseeable or might reasonably have been contemplated by the participant and the promoter and whether arising from breach of contract, tort, negligence, breach of statutory duty or otherwise.
9. Prizes are non-negotiable, non-transferable and non-refundable. No cash alternative is available. Where a prize becomes unavailable for any reason, the promoter reserves the right to substitute that prize for a prize of equal or higher value.
10. In the event of unforeseen circumstances beyond the promoter’s reasonable control, the promoter reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the prize draw competition or these terms and conditions, either in whole or in part, with or without notice.
11. The promoter's decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
12. All entries must be posted on a public Twitter and/or Instagram account
13. The winner’s twitter or instagram username will be posted on the @dmuleicester account after the winner has been selected.
14. Copyright in all entries shall be owned by the promoter.
15. These terms and conditions and the competition prize draw are governed by English law and subject to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
16. Promoter: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH