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Improving chances for all our children


At DMU Local, 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.

The activities that DMU Local runs 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 programme. With the support of De Montfort University, DMU Local work with local schools and teachers to provide essential support through our database of hundreds of volunteers. 

DMU Local carried out 185 activities throughout the last year which involved over 16,000 participants in a wide range of projects including Paired Reading, Mathletics, Options Evenings, the regional LEGO league tournament as well as a whole series of campus visits and bespoke activities. This allowed for pupils to engage with real life students and allowed them to really grasp what it’s like to be a university student. 

Feedback from these experiences is always extremely positive with one teacher, Mr Shaffi, a teacher at Shaftesbury Junior School saying, “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.”

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

Watch: De Montfort University student Paul Weedon talks about his volunteering work with DMU Local to start and run a drama club with pupils at the Beaumont Leys School, in Leicester.

Campus Visits

DMU Local offers the opportunity for young people ranging from year 6 to year 10 to visit our city centre based campus. This involves a variety of activities the young people can participate in to get a real feel of what it’s like to be a student at De Montfort University and learning new skills for their future. This goes a long way into helping the pupils decide what they would like to pursue in the future; whether that’s at university or elsewhere. Activities in the Campus Visit include a tour of the campus and its facilities, talking to current students and alumni, meeting staff members and course leaders, and also the opportunity to ask any burning questions about their futures. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are currently unable to deliver these activities on campus, but please ask us what we can deliver in school at this time. For more information, please contact

In school activity

Here at DMU Local, we offer in school activity to prepare pupils for life beyond school. These are adapted from the campus visit activities to be delivered in schools. We have put sessions in place where pupils can discuss their GCSE options, employability sessions where CV skills and interview skills are introduced, revision skills to support with upcoming assessments and beyond, and also University life sessions to give pupils the opportunity to really understand what life is like as a university student. These plans can be either teacher-led or a pre-recorded session from DMU Local. For more information, please contact


DMU Local offers the chance for students to participate in our monthly Mathletics sessions. Aimed at year 6 pupils, these sessions are led by DMU Academics who have offered up their time to teach the next generation of Math whizzes! For more information, please contact

First Lego League

As part of an international tournament, schools in the Leicestershire will compete against each other to win their regional league. The winning team will go on to the National tournament where they could win some spectacular prizes and have the chance to complete internationally. DMU Local will enlist volunteers from around the university in preparation for a tournament day. 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. For more information, please contact

Character Education 

Character Education is now recognised within the Ofsted Framework. We can offer an in-school visit for both primary and secondary schools based around Character Education, positive attributes and higher education. Schools will be able to choose from two workshops or have both! For more information, please contact

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.  


Dates and spaces are to be confirmed for this project in 2021. Please refer back to the website for any updates nearer the time. 


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. DMU aspire will particularly benefit students who may just miss out on the academic grades to study at university or who have the capability of going into higher education but face social and/or economic barriers.  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. 

2021 dates are still to be confirmed. Please refer to the below webpage for updates on when applications will open:


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. Working in partnership under the name Pathways, the Universities and Further Education colleges 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 hosts a range of resources from virtual tours to student blogs. Find out more here:


For all of our activities, we are having to take Covid-19 restrictions into account. We will try to limit face to face activity where necessary, whilst still delivering the highest quality portfolio of activity. Our Campus visits cannot take place at the moment, but we hope to deliver these as soon as is safe to do so. The safety of your pupils and our staff is of utmost importance.

Some activities mentioned above may not be running this year due to Covid-19, so please contact us at if you have any questions.

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