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DMU Square Mile

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Square Mile and DMU students|

Find out what DMU students say about volunteering with the Square Mile project and how it can enhance your graduate employability prospects.

What is DMU Square Mile?

Universities such as DMU have a major responsibility to contribute to society through their public engagement and to bring about positive change for the public good.

At the centre of DMU’s engagement strategy is our award-winning Square Mile programme. Launched in 2011, Square Mile uses DMU’s academic expertise and a network of student volunteers to offer potentially life-changing services in the Leicester community.

The Square Mile project has been recognised as an exemplar of universities having a positive impact, and has won multiple national and international awards, including:

  • The Guardian University Award 2014: Community Contribution
  • The Mahatma Gandhi International Award 2013: given to organisations that make a “distinguished contribution” to the community.
  • Times Higher Education Awards 2013: Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community
  • Green Gown Awards 2012: Social Responsibility Award and International Social Responsibility Award.

Working on the innovative projects that DMU Square Mile offers our students a unique opportunity to put the knowledge they learn on their degree course into practice, and strengthen their CV while honing the skills employers look for.


Our project areas...

Schools and education

A large number of Square Mile projects have been created to offer free support to primary and secondary schools through a range of different areas including mentoring in maths, English and science, speech therapy support, sports activities and IT training for parents and children.


We utilise the research expertise of our academics and the knowledge and enthusiasm of our students to run projects that have a positive impact on the health of our community. These have included a record-breaking campaign to recruit people to the stem cell register; a project that has helped people living with diabetes to manage their condition; a project to administer free hearing tests.

Community and charity support

We organise events and activities that bring together and benefit our local community, in addition to working with local and national charities to enhance and support their work in Leicestershire.

Get involved

Learn more about how you can get involved with Square Mile| or for more information email squaremile@dmu.ac.uk|, phone (0116) 257 7135, or you can sign up now by completing our online form|.

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