We are committed to providing DMU students with an amazing experience by acting on their feedback wherever possible.
Our #loveDMU campaign, run in partnership with De Montfort Students' Union (DSU) aims to raise awareness of some of the positive changes we have made as a result of student feedback.
You can check out why we think you should #loveDMU below, as well as some faculty-specific reasons too.
Reasons to #loveDMU
- #DMUforlife is our new alumni brand which allows graduates to stay connected to the university after graduation. They will also have the benefit of #DMUglobal trips, #DMUworks support and access to a network of thousands of other DMU alumni.
- DMU has been named the first ever University of the Year for Social Inclusion by The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019. DMU was chosen for its commitment to diversity, its teaching excellence and the success of its students in exams and graduate job prospects.
- The Employability Award, for all final-year undergraduate students, provides £100 towards the costs of securing employment.
- DMU is a university ranked Gold in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the only Government-endorsed measure of teaching quality in higher education.
- Through #DMUglobal we have sent more than 10,000 students overseas to more than 65 countries, and we've offered bursaries to support successful #DMUglobal participants, with £150 to European destinations, and £400 for international destinations.
- #HealthyDMU brings together a whole range of mental health and wellbeing activity to help our students navigate their way through life’s ups and downs and be in great shape mentally.
- DMU Replay provides easily accessible content from academic sessions available to students - this means that students can revise taught material in the way which suits them best.
- The library is open 24/7 and 365 days a year other than in exceptional circumstances.
- All four faculties reduced the burden of assessments for all students during the current academic year and beyond following a comprehensive review of all courses and modules. This amounts to an average reduction of 25 per cent to assessments across the board.
- 21,000 re-useable mugs have so far been distributed to staff and students, to help remove single use plastic across campus.
- Over 3,500 students benefited from a range of career enhancing employability fairs and events that brought them into contact with leading employers.
- More of our students undertook a placement opportunity than in any previous year. One hundred more students secured a one-year sandwich placement than in 2016-17. In total, 425 five students secured a competitive one-year placement in industry.
- Working in partnership with a range of employers, the innovative #DMUworks initiative was successfully piloted, placing 151 students in one-to-10-day professional experiences.
- Through our Graduate Champions and Frontrunners programmes, more than 550 internship opportunities were secured for DMU students.
- More of our students than ever before received a mentoring experience through our Employability Mentoring Project.
De Montfort Students' Union (DSU):
- Campaigned for a reduction in printing fees of up to 80 per cent, saving students almost £200,000 in 2017/18.
- Worked with the university to give greater transparency on how students’ fees are spent at DMU.
- Successfully lobbied for the implementation of exam feedback to further improve the learning experience.
- Trained hundreds of students to be leaders of tomorrow (and today) at two Activities Training Conferences.
- Gained students a collective £92,000 (from Student Finance, charitable funds and refunds) through our independent Advice team.
Arts Design and Humanities:
- We've undertaken a review to reduce assessment volume, and the assessment package has now been reduced, on average by 25 per cent.
- There is now more access to performance and rehearsal space, as the PACE building is now open every weekday evening until midnight during term time.
- More computers have been installed in the design and architecture spaces in the Vijay Patel Building to enable more students to work.
Business and Law:
- We now provide more active learning sessions with industry with live case studies, networking events and guest lecturers from the Police, local tax companies, top London advertising agencies, digital communication agencies and global corporations such as IBM and Hewlett Packard.
- There are now more subject specific global trips to enhance programme curricula and there are opportunities for students to co-create their #DMUglobal itineraries.
- Provide more help with gaining placements through one to one appointments, mock assessment days and peer mentoring.
Health and Life Sciences:
- We have introduced #DMUSay, which is a feedback system which allows for students to provide their lecturer with immediate feedback within a teaching session.
- We have introduced peer assessment and peer marking into group assessed pieces of work.
- We developed the ‘Staff Student Communication Pathway’ so students know who the right person is if they have a query.
Computing, Engineering and Media
- Investment was made to install specialist laboratory spaces for Computer Games Programming and Computer Security.
- We have established the Leicester Media Drawing Centre to support students across the Leicester Media School.
- Guest lectures and field trips have been introduced for all Engineering students.
- As part of our new #HealthyDMU programme, wellbeing events will take place in the Breathing Space throughout the year, including mindfulness sessions.
- As part of #HealthyDMU we will provide you with resources that support your development and studies, helping you to succeed and to achieve your potential.
- We’ve developed a #HealthyDMU kit bag of resources to help you get into shape mentally.
- #HealthyDMU provides lots of fantastic initiatives that can help you be in great shape mentally – Yoga, Creative Writing and Emotional Tools For Rainy Days are just some of the workshops on offer this term.
- Your mental health is important to us, so we’re taking great care of it -#HealthyDMU Masterclasses are running every week throughout term including: Bouncing Back, Building Confidence and Getting Stuff Done.
- Refurbished many areas in the Library to increase study space and improve comfort through investment in new furniture and layout.
- Massively increased the amount of silent study space, based on student feedback, for those who like a quiet place to work.
- Installing new water fountains to make it easier to stay hydrated & to help reduce the use of single-use plastics.
- Students will no longer have to pay a penalty fine on an overdue normal loan book, DVD or CD that is not reserved by someone else.
Improvements have been to MyDMU to give a better user experience. Students can now personalise their tiles on the system dashboard to quickly access the tiles they use most and can also receive audible alerts of timetable changes via the app.
We want to hear your feedback
Your feedback is really important to us because your opinions matter. Let us know your thoughts - good or bad - via the DMU Views webpage