Teaching and learning
Letting you know when your classes change
You told us that you wanted a better way of finding out when there are are urgent changes to your classes.
We will now text you, wherever possible, if a cancellation or room change happens less than 24 hours before your class is due to start.
If there are changes to your class time or venue more than 24 hours in advance, we will still let you know via Blackboard or email. Don't forget to check your live personal timetable regularly on myDMU.
We are committed to providing all undergraduate students with a Personal Tutor who is there to discuss any issues or questions you may have about university life. We have introduced new guidelines to make sure you receive consistent, reliable access to your personal tutor whenever it’s needed.
For example, courses within the Art, Design and Humanities faculty have set up an online system so that students can books tutorials online using the online system Doodle. They also now offer tutorials via Skype to try and facilitate more students who cannot always reach campus.
Library and learning zones
We opened the Greenhouse and Eric Wood learning zones, both flexible and well-equipped study areas for individual or group work.
You wanted better policing of the silent study areas in the library so we created two new silent study rooms on the second floor of the Kimberlin Library. We have also re-designated the number of open spaces on the floor as 'quiet', meaning you can work with your course mates on material.
You wanted longer library opening hours so from the start of 2015 the Kimberlin Library is open 24:7 during term time (including Friday and Saturday nights), all the way through to the end of May, including the Easter vacation period.
You wanted a better selection of books in the library, so we have increased spending on books by more than 45% this year and plan to invest £140,000 on e-books to boost the huge collection of print material already available. Our use of the Academic Complete e-book library has added 100,000 e-books to our system. An additional £25,000 will go towards an expanded ‘student-led purchase’ service – if there's a book you'd like to see in the library, let us know and we will act on that.
You wanted to be able to borrow more books from the library so we have extended the borrowing entitlement to 15 books.
Also as a result of student comments, 12 new quick-access PCs and a high volume printer have been installed in the Kimberlin 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.
More specialist software
You wanted more access to specialist software, so we introduced the Application Jukebox, a quick and easy way to get software on shared computers. We also created a CADCAM suite in the library for design students.
MS Office 365 for free
We have also made it possible for you to download MS Office for free! You will have access to the whole suite of Office programs including Word, Excel and PowerPoint to use across five devices for as long as you're a DMU student.
More course reps making your voice heard
You wanted us to ensure your voice is heard at DMU. DSU have recruited 608 course reps to make sure that you are getting the most from your course. So far they have managed to make some significant changes including reinstating cancelled modules and moving assessment deadlines. This year the new initiative of school representative co-ordinators (SRCs) has been introduced to ensure the student voice is heard at all levels of the university. SRCs are awarded a bursary for their role and are already contributing to improvements across the university.
In the second term of the 2014/15 academic year and again at the beginning of this academic year, English students asked (through their Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities course reps) for library refresher sessions to be arranged for second and third year students. As a result of this request sessions were arranged in the spring term and further sessions have been scheduled.
You told us that you received your timetables too late, which made it difficult to plan work and/or child care around your studies. Because of this feedback, we now release timetables to returning students three weeks before the beginning of term.
As a result of your feedback regarding accessing course notes and information more easily, we introduced an app to access the Blackboard e-learning platform free of charge.