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Delivering a transformational education experience that works for all

We intend to:

  • Build a 21st-century library, creatively and flexibly designed to support digital and physical learning environments
  • Reduce the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) attainment gap by two per centyear-on-year
  • Offer all students an approach to employability that aligns the academic experience with students’highest career and professional aspirations through#DMUworks
  • Offer all undergraduate and postgraduate studentsthe opportunity to spend time abroad or in an internationalised setting via our ground-breaking#DMUglobal programme
  • Co-ordinate our undergraduate and postgraduate taught calendars to make optimal use of the teaching year and facilitate progression


We have a reputation for transforming students from diverse, non-traditional backgrounds into successful, change-making graduates. As our TEF Gold award highlighted, we value ‘an institutional culture that facilitates, recognises and rewards excellent teaching through a variety of methods’; we offer ‘outstanding support for students’ learning’ which involves them in ‘changes to support assessment methods and teaching delivery’.

Through our service-oriented approach to learning and teaching, and to student support, we aim to ensure the continuation of a Gold-quality education experience for all our students, at university and subject level. We will strive to maintain our top Gold rating in future TEF exercises, subject to changes in the metrics and/or methodology.

Through #DMUlocal and #DMUglobal, we will increase awareness and understanding among our students of their civic responsibility and global citizenship. We will ensure value for money by supporting these initiatives centrally, providing all of our students with financial and other resources to allow them to access opportunities. #DMUworks will support our students’ progress to be work-ready in an increasingly competitive and global jobs market and, through #DMUforlife, we aim to continue to support our students even after they have graduated.

We will offer distinctive and transformative opportunities rooted in curricula created with and for students, their lecturers and employers, which enable and encourage international and professional experience. We will complement student learning with social and volunteering activities, creating a DMU experience that seamlessly educates on multiple levels. By coordinating our teaching calendars, we will create a fuller teaching year and enable progression to postgraduate taught courses.

We intend to develop the digital, technical and professional teaching and leadership capabilities of our academic staff and support them in gaining and maintaining appropriate credentials. We will engage our professional services fully in enhancing the educational and personal development of our students. We will develop institutional resources to encourage pedagogical innovation. We will maintain a community identity that endorses a collegial and collective approach to DMU’s academic priorities.

At DMU, learning, teaching and the student experience are individualised and recognise students as co-creators of knowledge within a scholarly community. A DMU education aspires to answer the creative, social, technological, and human imperatives of the 21st century and produce agile, creative, thoughtful and resilient graduates, capable of meeting challenges with versatility, and eager to apply their knowledge for the general welfare.

Our approach is based on enabling students and staff to work together to construct and maintain an education experience that equips graduates to fulfil their ambitions; allows staff to be responsive, creative, and flexible; and ensures a transformational education experience that works for all.

Key performance targets

  • Measurable improvements in continuation
  • Percentage of staff with teaching and learning achievement recognition (including but not limited to Advance HE Recognition, DMU and National Teaching Fellowships, Vice-Chancellor Distinguished Teaching Awards, and the Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education)
  • Overall student satisfaction significantly above the National Student Survey (NSS) benchmark
  • Reduction in the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) attainment gap

Key performance indicators

  • Consistent high participation in Module Level Feedback (MLF)/Course Level Feedback (CLF)/National Student Survey (NSS)
  • Consistently performing above our benchmark in NSS and TEF metrics