List of recognised activities

Below is a list of the activities that you can undertake at DMU which are recognised by the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR). By undertaking any of these activities, they will be included in section 6.1 of your HEAR which identifies your extra-curricular activities whilst you were a student at DMU. See our FAQs.

 

 

Activity Name

Description

Placements, Internships and Jobs

Frontrunners internships

The Frontrunners scheme provides high quality, paid placement experience within the university or a local business to develop and enhance graduate level employability skills. The scheme provides the opportunity for students to gain graduate track, ‘real world’ employment experience.

Practice Placement

This activity focuses on the assessment of supervised practice and the support and empowerment of young people in the wider community. Within placement you will gain experience working on issues including mentoring, advice and guidance, youth justice, drug and alcohol misuse, homelessness and arts or sports-based work. The quality of your face to face work is recognised on your HEAR as your supervisor will award you with a pass, merit or distinction.

Taking a Part-time/Temporary job via Unitemps

At Unitemps we help Graduates find temporary work while they search for that all-important Graduate job, as well as helping current students gain valuable work experience and earn at the same time. Unitemps place students/Graduates into temp assignments on Campus and also with Local businesses within the Leicestershire area.

Leicester Graduate City Summer Internships

Leicester Graduate City Internship.  Students had to complete a paid internship for a total of 111 hours over a period of 6 weeks. As part of this internship programme students also had to attend 6, one hour long developmental workshops. Also, during the internships the students had to complete an internship portfolio which consisted of creating weekly reflective logs of the work they carried out each week.

Unitemps Student Ambassador

An opportunity to be employed by DMU engaging directly with potential students at Open Days, Interview Days and Graduation. Student Ambassadors deliver campus tours, support set up and hosting of events, attend student recruitment exhibitions and undertake telemarketing campaigns Engaging face to face with potential students and members of the public on a daily basis this role develops communication skills, customer service skills, presentation skills and self-confidence.

Volunteering

DMULocal Volunteer

De Montfort University is committed to the public good – and that’s one of the reasons students are encouraged to volunteer on more than 100 projects every year with DMU Local. But the university is also committed to helping enrich students’ experience, give them new skills and help them find work at the end of their course – and volunteering can help do that. Volunteering with DMU Local can help transform lives – not just those of others, but students themselves. DMU Local volunteers  work locally and globally to help those affected by poverty, lack of education, plus others who may have fled war or persecution in their homeland. The work has also transformed the lives of students, with 90% believing volunteering has increased their chances of finding a job, and 100% saying they would recommend the experience to a friend.

De Montfort Students' Union Registered Volunteer, Gold, Silver or Bronze award

Students complete 50 - 100 hours voluntary work in the community through DSU

Member of Demon Media

Content production for media strand with management to produce, edit and publish the content for DSU and the University

Green Impact Volunteer

Green Impact is an environmental behaviour change project run in conjunction with the Students Organising for Sustainability (SoS) and the DSU. Teams of staff compete to see who can complete the most number of environmental activities from an online workbook’ Staff teams are supported by Green Impact Volunteers. Green Impact Volunteer students also audit the work of the staff teams to check that the activities have been completed to the required standard.

Street Law

DMU Street Law is a voluntary, extra-curricular activity. In Street Law, students work in teams to provide presentations and mock trials for schools, colleges and community groups. We take law into the community, inform people about their legal rights and responsibilities and raise funds for charities. Street Law enables students to develop team-work, problem-solving and communication skills and to improve their understanding of the practical effects of legal rules and principles.

Client Interviewing Theory and Practice

Students complete online learning materials on aspects of client interviewing including  establishing an effective professional relationship;  obtaining information;  learning the client's goal; analysing the client’s problem and the law; developing a reasoned course of action; assisting the client to make an informed choice and effectively concluding the interview.   This knowledge is then built on by students attending two workshops which focus on questioning skills; active listening skills; demonstrating empathy; problem analysis and advising the client.

Mentoring Rep

Mentoring reps support the five key mentoring schemes available to students at DMU. Reps liaise with scheme leaders and mentees to raise issues or concerns and gather student voice on the experience of mentoring. Reps are also responsible for advocating and promoting mentoring to increase engagement attending events such as Freshers’ Week and PAVE. As part of the role, reps will:

Client Interviewing Competition

Students work in a pairs and interview and advise a ‘client’. They are given brief details of the topic beforehand, however the students will need to use the questioning skills they have learnt in the online training and workshops to obtain the relevant information from the client and establish their goals and expectations. The students are then expected to analyse the client’s legal problem and offer advice which  meets their client’s needs. Throughout the interview the students will need to demonstrate their interpersonal skills and their ability to establish an effective professional relationship with the client. Students are scored according to a clearly described criteria and the highest scoring teams progress to the  final.

Decolonising DMU Student Ambassador

To gain the award students attend 4 Unapologetically BAME meetings and volunteer over 25 hrs work to the project.

Positions of Responsibility

Elected Officer Roles, DSU

Elected Officers within De Montfort Students’ Union day to day operations, act as Trustees of the organisation

DSU Volunteer Leader

Elected and trained by DSU to  in order to run their societies. Roles for e.g. Chair, Secretary, Treasurer etc.

Elected Committee Roles, DSU Sports

A committee member of a sports club via DSU. various positions i.e. Chair, Secretary, Treasurer.

Elected Committee Roles, DSU Societies

An elected part time Representative by the student population to support a specific liberation group

Course Representative, Gold Accreditation

Course representatives who have scored highly on the survey and made a significant change on their course.

Course Representative, Silver Accreditation

Course representatives who have reached a certain standard by (for eg) attending Education council.

Course Representative, Bronze Accreditation

Course representatives who have filled out the course representative accreditation survey and who reach a minimum score

Student Trustee

DSU governed by a Trustee Board includes Officers, Student Trustees, External Trustees & Alumni Trustees.

Sport Scholar

Sports Scholars are athletes who posses a high level of sporting aptitude often competing within national or international sporting pathways.  The Sport Scholars illustrate transferable skills such as; problem solving, goal setting, time management, organisation, managing expectations, communication, team work, and leadership.

Sport Activator

Sport Activators are recruited through an application and interview process and have responsibility to support the delivery of their sport across campus with an aim to increase participation and improve retention. They are responsible for marketing and promotion, planning and coordinating weekly sessions / leagues, and monitoring and evaluating attendances to review and improve the project. The activator requires effective time management, communication and organisational skills, alongside the ability to work independently, as part of a team and as a highly effective leader.

Student Learning & Teaching Consultant

Student Learning and Teaching Consultants work closely with staff in their School/Department/Directorate, the Associate Professor Student Experience in their faculty, as well as staff in the office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic.  In so doing, they form part of a community of practice, undertaking work and research on such issues as the design and development of the academic curriculum. They must draft briefing papers and present ideas on agreed areas of investigation and provide a summary of the outcomes, actions and any impact made as a result of their research and co-creation activities.

Responsible Futures Auditor

 

Student Action Committee

The Student Action Committee reviews academic teaching, learning and assessment at DMU based on their experience and works with the Centre of Academic Innovation (CAI) and the Student Union to consider and support the implementation of creative solutions for improvement.

Head MyUniPal

MyUniPal mentors support student group transition to university during Welcome Weeks as well as other key transition dates. The student has acted as lead mentor and supported coordination and delivery of events and coordinated small mentor groups. The student has gained the following skills: Leadership; Communication; problem Solving; Team work; Event support.

UBC Business Challenge

In the University Business Challenge, students work in a team of up to 5 to manage a business in a simulated market environment. They have to make business decisions each week (e.g. how much to invest, what price to sell products at) for six weeks, and the team with the highest profit at the end is taken forward to a national final round. Exact time commitments can vary, but the UBC Business Challenge will likely involve at least 15-20 hours work.

International Opportunities

DMU Global Internship

A period of short-term supervised work experience overseas

DMU Global Extra-Curricular Trip

A short-term cultural visit to another country

DMU Global Summer School

A short-term study programme during a holiday period based at an overseas university

DMU Global Volunteering

A short-term visit to another country to undertake voluntary work to benefit the environment or local community

DMU Global On-Campus Experience

An internationally themed cultural and language focused experience on campus

DMU Global Employability Trip

A short-term visit to another country with a focus on employability and enterprise

DMU Global Language Course

A short-term foreign language course for beginners

DMU Global Online  Learning

An online international learning experience with peer-to-peer collaboration and/or cooperation with overseas HEIs

International Placement

A year abroad work placement

DMU Global Academic-Led Trip

A short-term visit to another country organised by an academic and linked to an academic programme

A 10-week course in Mandarin with DMU Confucius Institute

The course provides students with basic proficiency of practical Mandarin and a gateway to China. Students are required to attendat least 8 out of 10 two-hour Mandarin sessions with DMU Confucius Institute, taking an HSK test or not. If they have attended 5 to 7 sessions, they need to pass an HSK test in the same term to be eligible to gain HEAR recognition. At the completion of the course, they have a better understanding of Mandarin and Chinese culture.

Enhanced Learning and Self Development

Employability Mentoring

Employability Mentoring aims to improve the employability of our students using industry mentors. Students who engage in Employability Mentoring do so solely on a voluntary basis as they have chosen to invest their time to learn about how to become more employable. They see the value in connecting with professionals and learning about their past experience in industry. Students who successfully complete the process of Employability Mentoring demonstrate their commitment to attending sessions, undertaking reflection, completing tasks between sessions and preparing for mentoring. In doing so they prepare questions in preparation to meet with mentors, they engage with mentors in group settings and they apply learning from the mentors to their own lives to undertake practical actions. Following this they then make a commitment to meet wth a mentor ongoing to forge a relationship from which to further develop their knowledge and awareness of the world beyond university. Each student who fully participates in Employability Mentoring takes something different from the experience and each one who successfully completes the scheme has demonstrated an ability to drive the relationship, learn from others and use wisdom to help them achieve.

Plan Ahead, Value Employability Conference (PAVE)

The Health and Life Science Faculty's Plan Ahead, Value Employability (PAVE) Conference includes motivational talks by keynote speakers, a wide range of networking exhibition stands and short talks and workshops; giving you the chance to actively engage with prospective employers and a wide range of professionals to enhance your employability.  HLS PAVE Aims to:•Motivate HLS students to engage in early career planning•Increase the sector knowledge of Health and Life Science students •Inspire students to participate in relevant work experience including voluntary, summer and sandwich placements in order to develop their confidence and employability skills.

Pharmacy Employability Enhancement Roadshow (PEER)

PEER is an employability event for Pharmacy students from all years of study with a range of exhibitors and talks from a variety of pharmacy professions. This is a great opportunity to engage with prospective employers and increase your knowledge on the wide variety of careers available to you and opportunities to develop your experience.

i-Buddies Scheme

i-Buddies is a peer mentoring scheme that matches newly arrived international students with existing DMU students. The primary aims of the scheme are to encourage intercultural interaction and integration, both between Home and International students, and between International students of different nationalities. i-Buddies attend a training session before being matched with a new international arrival. The i-Buddy maintains regular contact for the first term and helps the new arrivals adapt to a new country and culture and settle in to life at university.

Worked as a MyUniPal Mentor

The MyUniPal mentor role involves supporting new students as they transition into university life as either one to one or small group mentoring. The main skills that will have been developed in this role are: active listening, empathy, time management and confidence.

Successfully completing the Equality and Diversity course on Blackboard

 

Placements Plus

Placement Plus Programme Award.  • Completing 10-12 hours of placement enhancements sessions during the programme, focusing on developing employability skills

Blackbullion – Be Money Smart

Online personal finance courses - with learning content that has been researched and crafted with students’ needs in mind.  Blackbullion provides a learning library of multimedia content, tools and assessments to help develop financial skills. Students are able to complete different learning pathways (courses), read articles and create budgets to help them manage their finances while at university.The platform also incorporates finance for business including literature and pathways on investing, saving, networking, start up business, taxes, inflation and pensions.This activity would fit into personal and professional learning.

Launchpad

Launchpad is a brand new extra-curricular module created by DMUworks Enterprise, specifically for undergraduate in their 3rd year or above students and alumni. It is designed to inspire, educate, and encourage students with a business idea to launch their own start-up.  All students who participate will have the opportunity to win special Launchpad financial prizes and awards as part of our forthcoming DMU-wide Enterprise Awards at the end of term.

Get into teaching successful application programme

Session 1 - Introductory session covering the routes into Initial Teacher Training with a focus on The Teach First Leadership programme.  We will outline the content of this Successful Applications Programme and explain that those who commit to the programme and attend 4 sessions will have this recorded in their HEAR; Session 2- Teach First: resilience and leadership in teaching; Session 3 Teach First -application masterclass; Session 4 –How to make an effective application including how to write a personal statement and how to evidence your skills, knowledge and experience by using the STARR method. This will be suitable for applications to all providers; Session 5 –Teach First virtual assessment masterclass

Dare to be Mentoring

Dare to Be Mentoring is a one-to-one mentoring scheme supporting students to be successful in their studies. Students are matched with a trained mentor and meet regularly to work towards aims set by the student. Mentoring helps student to excel and achieve their full potential. The skills, knowledge and attributes each student gains will be dependent on the areas they select to work on but most commonly include: communication; self confidence, goal setting, self management and reflection.  For a student to be eligible to gain HEAR recognition for taking part in Dare to Be mentoring, they must:1. Attend Dare to Be mentee training; 2. Attend a minimum of three meetings with their mentor 3.Complete the end of scheme evaluation
Total: 10 hours

#HealthyDMU Masterclass

Students will have attended 4 out of 6 available different Masterclasses.  These are: Personal Productivity; Managing performance under pressure; Emotional Awareness (intelligence) and resilience; Assertive & confident communication; Being the best version of yourself (motivation, self-esteem and self-care) positive mindsets.   #HealthyDMU Masterclasses are a series of group wellbeing learning opportunities and events which are focussed on the development of life skills and employability. Masterclasses will;  Be 1 hour long each, Link clearly to the overall ethos of #HealthyDMU which is to ‘achieve your full potential’.

Frontiers for Future Careers Conference

Employability conference for all students keen to explore a range of Criminology/Criminal Justice-related career options

Business Start-up and Enterprise

Pitch2Win

DMU Works Enterprise hosts an annual competition where students literally pitch their business idea to win awards and prize money. Students get mentored and receive public speaking training prior to the grand final, where students pitch in front of a live audience for the top prize.

Professional Skills and Network

CEM Plan Ahead, Value Employability (PAVE)

At De Montfort University we are continuously striving to improve how we prepare our students for their future careers and the evolving needs of industry. Providing opportunities to actively engage with employers is key to this aim. DMU Works CEM Careers team hosts an annual conference called CEM PAVE where students are able to engage in early career planning, network with employers and improve their knowledge of current recruitment needs.

DMUworks Graduate Recruitment & Placements Fair

 

 

Frontiers for Future Careers Conference

Employability conference for all students keen to explore a range of Criminology/Criminal Justice-related career options

 

Position of responsibility

TaLEnt Student Ambassador

Students work as partners with Academic and Professional Services staff to develop our teaching and learning approaches to enhance the student experience. A TaLEnt Ambassador will attend Faculty committee meetings, coordinate feedback and views from students, present findings to the committee and other academic staff.

 

UNPRME Student Ambassador

Students work as partners with Academic and Professional Services staff to develop our report on progress towards the UNPRME six key principles. A PMRE Student Ambassador will attend PRME committee meetings, promote events and activities to students and become co-creators of the Faculty sustainability plans.

 

DSU Zones & Student Council Representative

DSU Student Council and Zone meetings - providing a democratic platform for students to represent their peers who have elected them and discuss, debate and shape Union policy.

 

Head MyUniPal

MyUniPal mentors support student group transition to university during Welcome Weeks as well as other key transition dates.The student has acted as lead mentor and supported coordination and delivery of events and coordinated small mentor groups. The student has gained the following skills: Leadership; Communication; problem Solving; Team work; Event support.

 

Digital Skills

Digital Capabilities certificate

Students taking this certificate will develop the capabilities and understanding needed to enable them to become safe, active and engaged learners and workers living in our digital world.  The certificate is expected to take approximately 10 hours to complete and includes Blackboard online tests (40% pass mark)

 

  1. Student must be an elected member of the Zones/Council
  2. Student must attend at least 6 out of 8 scheduled meetings of the year – more meetings may take place as per need.
  3. Attendance and participation will help develop skills of critical thinking, analysis and advocacy – as students will be required to discuss, debate and propose policy ideas.
  4. Students will develop interpersonal skills through working with a diverse group.
  5. Students will scrutinise elected officers of the Union – developing skills such as auditing skills as well as public speaking.
  6. Students may also apply to become chair of Council/zones in order to further develop skills and confidence by chairing meetings.