There are a number of interrelated elements which need to be addressed to start to deliver a sustainable campus. This pages provides details to the different elements, and supporting information, that DMU use to deliver a sustainable campus.
Ethical Careers and Recruitment
DMU is committed to ethical careers, placements and recruitment. Strong sustainability and ethical considerations are given to the involvement our DMU Works Careers and Placements team have with all third-party organisations.
DMU also has a dedicated team responsible for helping students and graduates with their career; DMU Works Careers and Placements. This team is not part of any combined careers services. Meet the careers team working to help our students make the most of their potential.
DMU are proud to support the 'Can't Buy My Silence', signing the pledge to the initiavtive that aims to create legislative and regulatory change that will make NDAs unenforceable for anything other than their original purpose – the prevention of sharing confidential business information (“intellectual property”) and trade secrets.
The Sustainability Team worked closely with the Head of Campus Services to include sustainable food sourcing criteria when the catering provision was renewed several years ago. The tender documentation for the contract clearly stated that the objective of the contract is ‘to support the university’s Sustainable Food Policy and Action Plan’ which includes commitments around ethical and sustainable food sourcing. Copies of the university’s Fairtrade policy and Environmental policy were included within the tender documentation which was provided to all prospective suppliers. Furthermore, the compliance of the new contractor with relevant DMU policies, such as: Fairtrade Policy, Sustainable Food Policy and Environmental Policy, has been included as part of the Service Level Agreement within the contract. Requirements around sustainability have also been included in the vending contract for the university. An extract of the contract for external food providers can be viewed, detailing the universities sustainable food and drink requirements.
The university works closely with Chartwells to embed sustainability into its food offering across campus and through its hospitality service. These commitments are contained within the Sustainable Food Policy and highlighted on our hospitality webpage and in our hospitality brochure. As part of our commitment to sustainable produce, DMU also grows food on campus in the Trinity Herb Garden which is then used by Chartwell chefs in their cooking.
In addition to serving more sustainably and ethically sourced produce, De Montfort University is also tackling single-use plastic through the 'Choose to Reuse' campaign and through the installation of a large number of water fountains and 'refill points' on campus which provide free drinking water for staff and students. Make sure to check out the water fountain locations.
The 2020/21 academic year saw the funding of a DMU student allotment, right next to the idyllic settings of Trinity House. In the 2021/22 academic year, the allotment officially opened, allowing students to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and plants. The aim of the allotment is to offer the produce to students, the local community, and through the DMU venues. Check out the pictures from the opening day of the allotment on our Instagram account and read the full story.
Food For Life Served Here by the Soil Association
De Montfort University Leicester’s (DMU) Riverside Café has been recognised for its high standards of ethics and sustainability. The university’s catering partner Chartwells was awarded the ‘Food for Life Served Here’ standard for the café by national charity the Soil Association.
We understand the importance to recycle as much waste as possible on campus. As a result of this, we have set highly ambitious recyling targets at DMU.
DMU has a comprehensive monitoring system in place which records water consumption in our buildings across the campus. The system is used by the DMU Energy Team to monitor trends in consumption, identify water leaks on campus and to encourage greater water efficiency in our buildings. The University has water reduction targets that it is working towards and progress against these targets is reported annually to the senior leadership team.
Our waste water is treated through the local sewage system and we have a number of management practices and training programs in place to ensure that our waste water discharges are in line with the requirements of our sewage provider Severn Trent. These practices include an environmental management system which is external assessed on an annual basis to ensure that the university is compliant with environmental legislation including waste water discharges and Health & Safety policies to manage practices in labs.