DMU to showcase its teaching to the community


De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) will take its sector-leading teaching to the people of Leicester during the second annual Festival of Teaching next week.

From Friday 1 to Friday 8 March, DMU will celebrate the outstanding opportunities for learning, creative teaching and academic innovation on offer at the university.


A series of diverse, free public events will be held across campus, showcasing the university’s most forward-thinking lecturers, giving them a platform to express their passion and expertise.

The events will be led by DMU staff and students from all faculties, and the programme will include interactive discussions, demonstrations, workshops, lectures and talks.

The festival will get underway on Friday 1 March with a mass volunteering event across the city of Leicester as business students take part in ‘One Day for Leicester’, a mass clean-up of the city centre which will also include visits to community centres and libraries.

Professor Gabriel Egan, one of the world’s leading experts in Shakespeare studies, will discuss the life, career and works of the Bard and consider how new discoveries from the past few years will affect his image.

Other topics being covered range from forensics to spray painting and migration to Mandarin.

Sessions will also address issues such as closing the attainment gap for BAME students and how students can feel supported while studying away from home.

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The final day of the festival will see Professor Martin Polley chair a session about how sporting memories can be good for our health. DMU is part of the ‘Then, Now and Forever’ project and will work with Leicester City FC to use sport-themed reminiscence therapy to help people experiencing dementia, depression and isolation.

Close to 20 events will take place in total during the eight-day festival, and DMU is encouraging members of the Leicester community to come along and experience the teaching on offer at the city’s university.

Professor Jackie Labbe, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Academic, said: “The aim of the Festival of Teaching is to share the amazing teaching we have at DMU with the community of Leicester.

“The Festival covers all four of our Faculties across a wide range of courses and I invite as many members of the public as possible to take up this opportunity to experience our teaching for themselves.”

See the full Festival of Teaching programme.
Posted on Tuesday 26th February 2019

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