DSU ranked among the UK's top ten students' unions

Students arriving at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) are set for an unforgettable student experience following the announcement that De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU) is one of the best in the country.

DSU received rave reviews from final year students who praised their abundance of volunteering opportunities and support towards student employability in Question 26 of the National Student Survey, the UK’s authoritative survey measuring student satisfaction.


Sitting at number 10, DSU have climbed a staggering 21 places in the last 12 months which is testament to the efforts everyone has put in to amplify the student voice, represent students academic interests and make student life unforgettable.

EU students are the most satisfied with DSU while at course level, Midwifery, Business Studies and Human Resource Management students ranked DSU highest.

Question 26 states, ‘The students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests’ and DSU have most definitely done that over the course of the 2016/17 academic year.


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Ahtesham Mahmood, President of DSU, said: “During my six years at DMU, I have seen the students’ union make a conscious effort year on year to be the organisation that makes a difference to the student body.

“While we know we have consistently developed to be one of the best students ’ unions in the country, it’s a huge boost to be recognised by a survey as significant as the NSS.

“A huge part of why this is the case is due to the opportunities that are available for our students to be truly influential during their time at DMU- whether that be at a course level, school level or even higher still, to make sure we are all working together to best represent your academic interests.

“But our work doesn’t stop here. We’ll be taking feedback from the survey on board to identify areas where we can do better, to make sure we make it to where we know we should be; the best students’ union in the UK."

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A lot has happened at DSU in the past year including a £3million investment into the new Campus Centre building which was officially unveiled in February 2017 by the then President Dan Winney and Premier League Champion, Christian Fuchs.

The project took three years of hard work including officers listening to student ideas and feedback on what they would like their ideal students’ union to look like.

In the survey, DSU’s volunteering opportunities were one of the main compliments students paid and in February 2017, DSU were awarded the prestigious Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard.

Officers also successfully lobbied for the Kimberlin Library to be open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

Demon Media hosted the annual Student Radio Association Conference, welcoming guest speakers including Radio 1’s Greg James to offer industry advice.

Record numbers attended DSU’s Council Meetings and Annual General Meeting and in March 2017, DSU recorded their highest ever election turnout.

Elgan Hughes, Head of Membership Services, headed up DSU’s NSS campaign in 2016/17 said: “We are massively grateful to the almost 3,000 DMU students who completed the survey earlier this year.

“With the top three made of the University of West London, Loughborough University and University of Keele student’s unions, we’re in respected company in the top 10 and it is fantastic that we have jumped up 21 places.”

To be part of DSU’s journey visit their website to find out how you can get involved with something ‘truly unforgettable’.

Posted on: Tuesday 22 August 2017

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