DMU opens its doors to businesses at this year's Leicester Business Festival

Normally, De Montfort University Leicester (DMU)’s open days are aimed at new students and their parents – but during Leicester Business Festival we’ll be hosting a day just for the business community.

Our award-winning city centre campus is home to cutting-edge facilities which can be used by businesses working across a variety of sectors from digital healthcare to pharmaceutical manufacturing, green energy and sustainable textiles.

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On Friday, November 11 DMU will be welcoming businesses on to campus to find out more, meet some of our industry experts and see what the university has to offer business partners.

“We came up with a ‘DMU Day’ because we realised that people walk past DMU all the time, but they probably do not realise the superb facilities we have here, which business can have access to,” said Rob Ricketts, DMU’s regional business development manager.

“We have worked with teams across the university to put on a series of events which showcase the expertise we have here alongside some of our incredible equipment and resources, which we think will really appeal to businesses in Leicester.”

The DMU Day will be based at the Innovation Centre on Bonners Lane, which is home to the new Barclays Eagle Lab, the first in the East Midlands. You can meet the new ecosystem manager Poonam Sharma to talk about support available for companies through Eagle Labs and its aim to be a part of the Leicester entrepreneurial ecosystem.

You can book onto tours running in each of DMU’s four faculties. Here’s a taste of what to expect:

10.00am: In Art, Design and Humanities, visit the award-winning Vijay Patel Building, home to creative and design expertise. Our Design Unit will talk about its work helping companies test and develop new products, and there will be tours of see our textile testing lab and visit the design or craft studios.

11.15am: Computing, Engineering and Media is home to research into sustainable energy and you’ll be able to see some of the solutions we’re trialling as alternatives to fossil fuels. Visit our Gold standard Cyber Security Labs and learn how cyber psychology is identifying and helping eliminate risks. See our media studios, record a podcast and go on TV.

1.00pm: Health and Life Sciences is changing the face of healthcare training following a £2m investment in a skills suite which is training medical professionals. Our HLS academics are at the forefront of digital healthcare innovation and our expertise in pharmaceutical design and manufacturing technologies is helping new entrants establish businesses as well as Big Pharma to bring new drugs to market.

2.15pm: In Business and Law, meet our academics who work with SMEs to support leadership development, managing change and research the new challenges that post-Covid working has unearthed. Find out about our CPD programmes and discuss training needs, and take a tour of the Leicester Castle Business School, based in historic Leicester Castle’s Great Hall.

DMU has been a supporter of the Leicester Business Festival since 2014 and for the past five years, has been proud to be a headline partner of the event, supporting and championing the business community.

In all, DMU is running 10 events as part of the festival which showcase the different ways in which the university works with businesses, from offering training to

Tickets for all 82 events happening during the festival fortnight are available to book now on the website at

Posted on Thursday 13th October 2022

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