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Be part of DMU's Festival of Teaching 2020

The Festival of Teaching (FOT) is an annual celebration of teaching excellence and pedagogical innovation at DMU. It brings together the very best of DMU's most forward-thinking practitioners of teaching, learning and student support. You can apply to run an event between 23 and 29 March.

The festival showcases DMU's diverse and wide-ranging teaching and learning talents, methods, and approaches to staff, students and members of the public. Its aim is to communicate and connect, promote equality, inclusion, diversity and sustainability, foster curiosity and share ideas. It will also be an opportunity for members of the public to learn new skills in a fun and enjoyable environment. We’re also inviting external speakers to be part of the festival for the very first time.

In this 150th anniversary year of the founding of our institution, the festival will also celebrate the contribution of DMU and the City as a place of learning.

The programme of events is free and open to all and we encourage academics and teaching practitioners to consider notable and engaging venues across the city so we're taking learning opportunities and pedagogical practice into the local community as well as showcasing our campus.

Call for papers

Please submit your ideas for inspiring talks, workshops, debates, exhibitions and performances, music, history, walks, photography, technology, activism or fashion displays.

We welcome all contributions on subjects and practices that will inspire and engage. We especially welcome contributions which are innovative and participatory.

Thinking of your session/activity

  • Think of your best approach to learning and teaching. How will you keep the audience engaged?
  • Is your session an activity?
  • Could you showcase some impressive equipment or technology that people could use?
  • How can you bring your subject alive?
  • Can you run your session in the city somewhere?

Creating your activity

  • What equipment/props etc. do you need?
  • Make something?
  • Solve something?
  • Hack something?

Things to know

Venue: please note that venues will be located across the city and not necessarily on DMU’s campus. Please note you may be asked to repeat your session. If you want to discuss any aspect of the festival please contact Dr Momodou Sallah or Dr David Parkes at: or

How do I apply?

Please fill in a proposal form and submit via email to by close of play Monday 13 January