Centre for Academic Innovation


In 2018, the Centre for Academic Innovation (CAI) was launched by Professor Jackie Labbe during the Learning and Teaching conference with its own director appointed from 1 May 2019. CAI is DMU's main hub for pedagogic research and praxis, and supports and disseminates teaching and learning good practice across the university. CAI envisions itself as a world-leading centre of pedagogic and academic innovation/excellence with a focus on enhancing/disrupting the learning and teaching experience. 

CAI is the home for existing and developing educational initiatives, including UDL and provides a base for DMU Teacher Fellows and Advance HE (previously HEA) National Teaching Fellows.  CAI operates both as a physical and virtual space; located within the Eric Wood extension of the main DMU Library.

CAI promotes academic innovation projects and provides information, advice, and guidance for this and other forms of pedagogical support.  It encourages, facilitates, and develops disruptive pedagogy (assessment, learning and teaching, and curriculum development), for pedagogic innovation and leadership. 

CAI hosts the Sandwich Seminar Series, talks on academic and pedagogic innovation with internal and external invited speakers (and sandwiches) in addition to a number of teaching and learning conferences and festivals throughout the year.

Contact details:

Dr Momodou Sallah, Director, Centre for Academic Innovation
Eric Wood Building 2.22
De Montfort University
The Gateway

T: +44 (0)116 257 7088
E: MSallah@dmu.ac.uk

Professor Jackie Labbe, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Academic
De Montfort University
The Gateway

T: +44 (0)116 255 1551 extension 7982
E: jackie.labbe@dmu.ac.uk

Teaching and Learning Conference 2019

The DMU annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2019 is titled ‘Student Engagement and Student Disengagement: Reasons, explanations and a way forward’ and will take place on Wednesday, 11 September 2019 between 9.30am and 3.30pm.

This conference brings together our educators, researchers and practitioners to exchange and share practices and pedagogy on all issues concerning Student Engagement and Disengagement in Higher Education (HE). 

It also provides a platform to present and discuss our most recent innovations, trends and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted to engage the disengaged.

The conference will focus on:

  1. Defining student engagement in HE;
  2. How technology can be used pedagogically to support and engage students in their learning;
  3. Interdisciplinary approaches to enhancing student engagement;
  4. How can factors such as student feedback, course design and delivery support student engagement;
  5. Solutions and opportunities for improving student engagement (Academic).

DMU Learning and Teaching Festival 2020

The third DMU Learning and Teaching Festival will take place over seven days from 23 to 29 March 2020 inclusive.

The CAI and Library and Learning Services will be leading the delivery of the project with DMU’s Public Engagement department as a key partner. The festival of learning and teaching will be spread in different places and spaces across the city.

It is:

  • a celebration of learning and teaching;
  • a thank you to the city, to celebrate 150 years of the university in Leicester;
  • a showcase for the talents and passion of DMU learning, teaching and research;
  • an opportunity to communicate and connect;
  • a space to promote equality, inclusion and sustainability;
  • an oportunity to foster curiosity;
  • an event to share ideas;
  • an opportunity for communities to come together to learn, enquire and celebrate education.

There will be inspiring talks, workshops, debates, exhibitions and performances, music, history, walks, photography, technology, activism, fashion. Details of registration and how to participate will be announced soon.


  1. Showcase DMU’s diverse and wide-ranging teaching and learning talents, methods, and approaches;
  2. Engage the people and city of Leicester and create space for dialogical and pedagogic exchanges;
  3. To celebrate DMU’s 150 anniversary with a focus on teaching and learning celebration.
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