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Widening Participation and Schools: Improving chances for all our children

In the Public Engagement Team, we are committed to the public good, and giving back to the local community through projects in partnership with De Montfort University and local businesses and charities. This also includes working within schools with children up to the age of 16, as part of our growing commitment to our Widening Participation programme.

The activities that our Public Engagement team run are designed to enhance learning and to be able to offer new opportunities that schools may not be able to provide. This is particularly useful for children from a widening participation background, who may need encouragement to realise their potential or discover any goals and aspirations.

With more than 60 primary and secondary schools working with us in and around Leicester and the number steadily increasing, this is the perfect time to join our public engagement schools programme.

I have felt this year we have gained so much from the partnership between our school and the university. Thank you again for organising all the different opportunities and offering all the volunteers: it has made a profound impact on the quality of education our pupils have received. Looking forward to building on this year’s success in the new term.

Mr Shaffi, a teacher at Shaftesbury Junior School

DMU Public Engagement aims to deliver worthwhile support to all schools and give children in pre-16 education the head start they deserve.

Please contact for more information and any other enquiries.


Through our Public Engagement, we offer both on campus and in school activity to prepare pupils for life beyond school. All sessions can be adapted to suit the needs of your students and visit.

Please find out more about our offer using the dropdown menu below:

  1. Primary schools

    • Inspire Day: An interactive session that will introduce university to year 6 pupils in a fun and exciting way.
    • Character Education: Interactive session covering Character Education themes, positive attributes and higher education.
    • Mathletics: Aimed at year 6 pupils, these monthly sessions are led by DMU Academics who have offered up their time to teach the next generation of Math whizzes!
    • Excel Yourself: Aimed at year 5 pupils, Excel yourself is designed to offer additional Microsoft Excel skills, lead by one of our very own academics.
  2. Secondary school

    • Problem Solving: A hands-on session developing skills in problem solving, team work and communication.
    • Life Skills: Practical, interactive activities designed to give students a hands-on experience of the essential life skills that university students need during their time at university.
    • Visual CV: A series of interactive activities based on values and beliefs, teamworking skills and goal setting. Pupils will be encouraged to examine their personal skills and natural abilities and consider future ambitions.
    • Campus Life: students are introduced to the different teaching and learning styles at undergraduate level. Then, the focus switches to the extra-curricular side of university life, with an introduction to the concept of university clubs and societies. 
  3. Other activities

    • DMU Talented: DMU Talented is a four-day activity running during the Easter holidays for year 10 students. There are four subjects for students to choose from: Drama, Law, Art & Design and Healthcare Science. Students join academics and experts in these areas to develop skills that will help them in their future education and with their college/sixth form and university personal statements.  
    • DMU Aspire: DMU aspire is a five-day, non-residential summer school which gives Y12 students a complete university experience in a week of engaging activities. Students sign up as individuals and upon successful completion of DMUaspire, students will be eligible for a reduction of (an equivalent to) 16 UCAS points towards an undergraduate degree at DMU.
    • There are also subject specific and key skills events for Year 12 and 13 students.
  4. All ages

    • First LEGO League: As part of an international tournament, schools in the Leicestershire will compete against each other to win their regional league.The teams will be learning how to code robots and research topical issues that impact their local community. All of this is supported by the Institute of Engineering and Technology.
    • Bespoke projects/activities – we can run workshops, assemblies and talks on any themes requested by your school. If you have an idea, get in touch and we can talk through the options together.

school-2If you are interested in booking an activity, would like to know more or would like something you don’t see listed here, please email

Please note: all activities are subject to availability.


Pathways is the collaborative partnership of higher education providers in Leicester City, Leicestershire and Rutland as part of the Office for Students Uni Connect programme.

Pathways work with schools and colleges to offer a number of activities and interventions in their local areas. Pupils who take part in Pathways events can experience life at university, develop new skills, explore future careers and more. Pathways website also hosts a range of resources from virtual tours to student blogs.


For all of our activities, we are having to take Covid-19 restrictions into account. We are able to deliver face to face activities, and ask that school adhere to any guidance as dictated by the government and the university. See more information about university safety guidance.