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Join us at this year's Festival of Teaching from Monday 23 March


From Monday 23 March to Sunday 29 March, DMU is hosting its third annual Festival of Teaching, where we'll be putting on an action-packed series of events across seven days at venues on campus and in the city. Festival of Teaching events are free and open to all.

The festival brings together the very best of our university's most forward-thinking practitioners of teaching, learning and student support, showcasing their expertise and passion for what they do.

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Jackie Labbe, said: "We are especially proud that this year marks the 150th anniversary since our institution was founded. The university began life as a simple idea, 'to afford authoritative instruction in art to the people of Leicester', and in March 1870, the first classes were held in an old warehouse. 

"Fast forward to today, and we're proud to say our reputation for excellent research-engaged teaching stems from this long history of improving people's lives through education."

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What's happening during the festival?

There will be a diverse and exciting range of events led by DMU staff and students from all faculties during the seven-day festival, such as interactive discussions, demonstrations, workshops, walks and talks.

Festival highlights include:

STEAMEd: can you solve a 150-year-old mystery? Tuesday 24 March at New Walk Museum

Take a stroll back in time along Leicester's picturesque New Walk for an opportunity to experience a historic crime scene at the forecourt of New Walk Museum, and let your curiosity lead you to search for further clues inside the museum itself.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­The unconscious consumer: the hidden forces that shape the way we shop – Monday 23 March at Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre

Using experiments involving audience members, this session will demonstrate that non-conscious processes often dictate the products we buy, and yet consumers remain largely unaware and often believe they aren't vulnerable to influence.

Play your way to zero carbon: board games and climate emergency – Thursday 26 and Sunday 29 March at Bean Gaming, 22 Silver Street

How can cities like Leicester become 'zero carbon', and what does this mean? Could playing a board game help you to understand the issues and choices at stake when a city tries to respond to a climate emergency?

The Bermuda Triangle of teaching – Tuesday 24 March in the Campus Centre

The Student Action Committee will be using roleplay and an open forum to spark discussions on improving the classroom learning environment.

How to sign up for events

To find out more about the activities and how you can take part, visit the Festival of Teaching webpage.

As the festival is open to all, please share the details with classmates, friends and family, and use #DMUTeachFest on your social media posts. We're sure everyone will find an event that intrigues, a topic that interests or a session where a fun new skill can be learned.

We hope to see you soon at one or more of the events!

Posted on Friday 28th February 2020

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