What is Universal Design for Learning?

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) aims to provide an equal learning experience for every DMU student. 

It aligns with our Strategic Framework 2015-2020, which outlines our ambition to transform DMU students into successful graduates by delivering an individual learning experience and personalised teaching and support.

The principles of UDL are the product of decades of research about how people learn, and are based on more than 800 different research studies. At the heart of the UDL approach is the idea of embedding inclusivity and choice for both lecturers and students.

Read about the praise the UDL project has received from the Government here.

You can find out more about UDL and its benefits from DMU staff and students in our video:

Universal Design for Learning at DMU


The three key principles of UDL

1. Flexible ways of learning

Examples include:

  • Taught sessions that get you participating in inventive and innovative ways
  • Using imaginative teaching aids

2. Flexible study resources

Examples include:

  • Using modifiable handouts so that you can can edit the font or background to your own preference
  • Recording lectures in audio format for you to access before or after their lecture and to support you with your revision and assessments

3. Flexible ways of testing learning

Examples include:

  • Providing you with different methods of assessment to challenge you in different ways
  • Offering a wide range of ways for you to demonstrate your learning and understanding of your subject, this could be through presentations or video