Enhancing the educational experience
Many of the most treasured memories of students, past and present, come from the enhancement activities they took part in while at university. Such memories may have been formed sweating on a sports pitch, from singing or dancing their hearts out as part of a society, or pushing their brains and skills to the test through entrepreneurial activities. All have enormous importance to our students, and we know these activities have a value beyond any currency.
Additionally, we try and offer students the chance to travel as part of our DMU Global programme, on trips linked to their courses that can improve their learning outcomes. For many students that benefit, especially those from lower income backgrounds, they have never had the chance to travel abroad, or have only ever done so in the context of a family trip to see relatives. To travel is expensive, not just in costs but also in missed earning opportunities; and is especially difficult for any student with care responsibilities for family members.
As such we consulted with students, staff and alumni to create a fund strategically tailored to be of greatest benefit, targeting the type of enriching activities that go beyond the curriculum, and which form lasting and memorable experiences from university. All are areas where limited support currently exists, meaning we know that money from the fund would work, but in which existing funding is stretched very thin.
You are welcome to give to the fund generally, or choose specifically one of the funds that most tallies with your memories and experiences from your time at university.