Outstanding reviews of DMU Sport Scholarship by current students

Students at De Montfort University (DMU) are ‘proud’ to be a part of the DMU Sport Scholarship programme.  

The scholarship provides students with the opportunity to develop their sporting performance while studying at DMU and awards eligible students up to £6,000 of support.  

19 students were successful on the Sport Scholarship programme during the 2019/20 academic year. We spoke to some of them about their experiences, as DMUsport found that 97 per cent were satisfied with their experience.  

Adult Nursing student Britanie White said that being a scholar made her “feel proud and part of a community”.  

Britanie is a 2019-2020 badminton scholar and competed in the sport for Leicestershire from a young age. 


2019-2020 sport scholars at the annual introduction event  

“The scholarship programme helped me to find my love of badminton again. I had quit for five years after having my daughter and once I started DMU realised that I could compete again with the team’s support. 

“They have been brilliant and always listened to me in order to help me achieve my goals.” 


A busy weekend for DMU at BUCS Nationals 

DMUactive volunteers say ‘come along and try it’ 

 Joshua Grob, Digital Forensics graduate and para swimming scholar said that the scholarship “made it possible for me to focus on my training alongside my degree, without it I would not have been able to carry on swimming. 

“The lifestyle and strength and conditioning support really helped me to achieve more than I thought was possible.” 

Students on the scholarship receive access to educational workshops, personalised strength and conditioning coaching and lifestyle support. They also have access to psychology support, nutritional support and physiotherapy. 


Joshua at the BUCS Nationals competition in 2019 

Joshua went on to win a silver and bronze medal in the 2018 World Para Swimming Allianz European Championships in Dublin. 

“I would say that my European medals and performances at the world championships wouldn’t have happened without the support that I received from DMU.” 

Judo scholar, James Draper said: “The DMU Sport Scholarship has made it possible to continue my aspirations as an athlete while pursuing a master’s degree.  

The MSc Intelligent Systems and Robotics student won gold at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) championships in Sheffield in 2018 and 2019.  


James at the BUCS Nationals in 2018  

“The staff at the university try their upmost to support me in all aspects of both my sporting and educational life and the scheme has opened the door to plenty of additional training and competition opportunities.” 

Applications to the scholarship for 2020/21 are open until Sunday 6 September for new and returning students. To find out more about DMUsport and the scholarship, please contact sport@dmu.ac.uk or visit our website for the application form.  

Posted on Tuesday 25 August 2020

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