Improving the student experience
We are involving students in every step of the way by listening to their needs and planning for their future. Improvements to the student experience include:
Mill Lane landscaping
De Montfort Students' Union (DSU) Campus Centre revamp
The Philip Tasker Building
The Venue@DMU has been converted into a spectacular multi-use space for DMU events. It has already been used for a variety of campus events including the investiture of Baroness Doreen Lawrence as DMU’s new Chancellor, graduations, matriculation, exams, performances and job fairs.
DMU has acquired a new building on the river’s edge providing extra sport and leisure facilities for DSU societies and clubs. When complete the one million pound venue, which backs onto the River Soar, will be able to cater for activities such as rowing, five-a-side football, badminton, netball, basketball, indoor hockey, indoor cricket and volleyball, as well as providing space for meetings and activities for DMU’s 100-plus societies. The refurbishment of the ground floor of this former youth club is complete.
The next phase of the project will see the second floor space refurbished for DSU societies.
DMU has worked with Leicester City Council to build high-quality football pitches and facilities at Beaumont Park that will be shared by DMU sports clubs, Beaumont Town Football Club (BTFC) and the local community.
The first phase of the project, a new fully FA compliant 3G artificial grass pitch with floodlights, is now complete.
Phase two of improvements at Beaumont Park will include two new natural grass pitches, sensitively-designed floodlighting, dugouts, improved drainage, spectator seating and an extension to the clubhouse to create more changing areas.
The DMU Food Village
Created in partnership with Chartwells, DMU’s spectacular new Food Village is now open, giving students and staff a new place to eat, socialise and relax. The new space is located in the inspiring centrepiece of the campus transformation project, the Vijay Patel Building.
Open Monday-Friday from 8am-8pm during term time, the Food Village serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, enabling those studying or working after hours to have a place to eat on campus. The new space provides seating for up to 350 people at any one time with benches, sofas and comfortable chairs. USB charging points are available across the space, ideal for charging phones and laptops.
The Newarke Café
The refurbishment of The Newarke Café, located in the Hugh Aston building, has enabled students and staff to choose from an increased selection of refreshments, due to an extension of the café’s kitchen space. Customers can now enjoy freshly prepared hot and cold food including paninis, flatbreads, baguettes, sandwiches and cakes.
The Kimberlin Café
The Kimberlin Café, located in the Kimberlin Library, has been refurbished to create a more inviting space for staff and students to relax in. New equipment including an extended food counter and large fridge have been installed to offer a wider variety of snacks and refreshments.
The Riverside Cafe
Situated on the banks of the River Soar, the Riverside Cafe has a strong focus on vegan and vegetarian food. Open to the public, it serves hot and cold meals and drinks - including a licensed bar - throughout the day.
In the groundfloor of the Campus Centre - home of the De Montfort Students' Union, Milly Lane's is run by the union, with all the proceeds going back into providing student services. Its menu features fresh ingredients with locally-sourced fruit, vegetables and meat.
As a result of student feedback, 12 new quick-access PCs, a high volume printer and self-service book issuing equipment have been installed in the library entrance. We have also installewd new PCs and a laptop loan service.
New breakout and soft study spaces have been created in Gateway House, Hugh Aston, Hawthorn and Queen's buildings.
Read more about these spaces here.
The pedestrianised area of Mill Lane, which runs from the city centre end of the campus down to the riverside, is being turned into a striking public pathway complete with rain gardens, which capture excess rainwater to feed trees and plants, seating areas, flower beds and the same stone which was used to give Cathedral Square a complete makeover before the burial of Richard III.
The Campus Centre has been refurbished to create a state-of-the-art new home for DSU improving the student experience. The groundfloor features Mily Lane's cafe, DSU shops and more, while upstairs the students services run by DSU are more visible, with extra breakout space for students to study, chat and relax.
We created a new data centre, to provide improved performance to the DMU networks and more reliable Wi-Fi on campus.
The Philip Tasker Building has been completely refurbished, creating new state-of-the-art classrooms for students, office space, a corporate hospitality suite, new offices for the Chamber of Commerce and accommodation for the university’s Vice-Chancellor, replacing the current residential facilities in Trinity House.
To improve the feel of this important building, we upgraded corridors and toilets, and improved signage. We also refurbished the Undercroft area around the medieval arches of the Church of the Annunciation, where Richard III lay in state. These arches have been incorporated into DMU’s Heritage Centre.
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