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DMU: University of the Year for Social Inclusion

The Sunday Times has named DMU the winner of its inaugural University of the Year for Social Inclusion award.

The university was chosen for the honour due to its diverse population and the success of its students in exams and graduate job prospects.

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The award is a validation of the commitment DMU has in ensuring that every student has an equal chance of success, irrespective of background, social circumstances or any other distinction.

Compared to the rest of the university sector, DMU has significantly higher proportions of students from ethnic minorities, students from disadvantaged backgrounds and students aged 21 and above. One in five DMU students also declare a disability.

Through DMUfreedom, the university’s equality charter, launched in 2016, the university works to ensure all students equally have the freedom to succeed.

Alastair McCall, editor of The Sunday Times Good University Guide, said: “De Montfort shows that social inclusion and academic success are not either/or options.

"It was the clear winner of our inaugural University of the Year for Social Inclusion award for its policies to encourage a diverse student population on campus and then demanding that they go on to achieve as well as is expected of students drawn from more privileged backgrounds. It provides a template that many other higher education institutions would do well to follow."

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