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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. Graduate recruiters find this information very useful when assessing job applications. If you have any questions about the HEAR, then just email 


Type of experienceName of activityDescription of activity
Placements, internships & jobs Frontrunners internships (you must have completed 20 hours) The Frontrunners scheme provides high quality, paid internship experience within the university to develop and enhance employability skills. The scheme provides the opportunity for students to gain graduate level employment experience.
Practice Placement (Internship), Pass/Merit/Distinction Students volunteer in a youth work setting in the community, gaining experience in project delivery and of integrating theory with practice.
Taking a Part-time/Temporary job via Unitemps (you must have completed 10 hours) Unitemps offers Students/Graduates temporary work opportunities whether it is for a couple of hours a week or something full-time for a short period. Jobs are available both inside the university and in the local area.
Being a Student Ambassador (you must have completed 10 hours) A student ambassador is employed by the university to promote and enhance the reputation of the University to prospective students and their influencers. They are a competent and professional representative of higher education and provide valued support on a variety of events, including but not limited to, campus tours, School and college visits and open days.
Volunteering DMU Square Mile Project Volunteer, Platinum Award Students complete over 100 hours of volunteering through DMU Square Mile Projects. DMU’s Square Mile Project aims to demonstrate how the skills and expertise of university staff and students can help support a community. Volunteers develop their employability skills and enrich their university experience by helping the community and taking satisfaction from the positive changes the Project is delivering to residents.
De Montfort Students' Union Registered Volunteer, Gold Award To gain a Gold Award, students complete over 100 hours voluntary work in the community
De Montfort Students' Union Registered Volunteer, Silver Award To gain a Silver Award, students complete 50-100 hours voluntary work in the community.
De Montfort Students' Union Registered Volunteer, Bronze Award To gain a Bronze Award, students complete up to 50 hours voluntary work in the community.
De Montfort Students' Union Volunteer who lead a Student Volunteering Group De Montfort Students’ Union supports students who lead Student Volunteering Groups who are set up to benefit the local community in a variety of ways.
Member of Demon Media An individual that produces content for any of the media groups strands. They work closely with management to produce, edit and publish the content they work on. They are often called upon to volunteer for events organised by both the Students' Union and the University
Fridge Raiders Volunteer Fridge Raiders is a mobile outreach project which delivers wellbeing and nutrition advice to students in the halls of residence. It also trains volunteers to identify signs of disordered eating and poor mental health and how to sign post such students onto further support.
Green Impact  
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
Positions of Responsibility Held the position of full time elected Officer for De Montfort Students' Union Elected Officers within De Montfort Students’ Union who, in addition to being responsible for the day to day operations, act as Trustees of the organisation.
Elected as Committee Member of a society affiliated to De Montfort Students' Union Joining a society is really rewarding, running a society is even better! All society leaders are elected in and receiving training and support from DSU in order to run their societies more effectively. De Montfort Students’ Union has a number of societies that students are able to participate in. There are a number of Committee Members that support the development of that society, including the Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Health and Safety Officer; there may be other discretionary roles subject to the Committee.
Elected as Committee Member of a sports club affiliated to De Montfort Students' Union De Montfort Students’ Union has a number of sports clubs that students are able to participate in. There are a number of Committee Members that support the development of that sports club, including the Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Health and Safety Officer; there may be other discretionary roles subject to the Committee.
Held the position of part time elected Representative for De Montfort Students' Union An elected part time Representative that is elected by the student population to support a specific liberation group (BME students, disabled students, international students, LGBTQ+ students, mature students and women). This is undertaken alongside their studies.
Course Representative, gold accreditation For all Course representatives who have filled out the course representative survey, who have scored highly on the survey and made a significant change on their course.
Course Representative, silver accreditation For all Course representatives who have filled out the course representative survey and have reached a certain standard by (for example) attending Education council or submitting a win to the wins league.
Course Representative, bronze accreditation All course representatives who have filled out the course representative accreditation survey and who reach a minimum score
Employed as a School Representative Co-ordinator A School Representative Co-ordinator represents students at a School level and attending University Level Meetings.
Held the position of Student Trustee De Montfort Students’ Union is governed by a Trustee Board which is made up of 5 elected Officers, 4 Student Trustees, 4 External Trustees and 2 Alumni Trustees. This individual has dedicated their time to collectively be responsible for the development of the Students’ Union
Global 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 Employability Trip A short-term visit to another country with a focus on employability and enterprise
DMU Global On-Campus Experience An internationally themed cultural and language focused experience on campus
DMU Global Language Course A short-term foreign language course for beginners
Personal and Professional Learning FutureGrads

Further information available from Raj Saini at

FutureGrads is a 4-day employability programme for 2nd year Business and Law students which is delivered in collaboration with employers to help improve student’s employability prospects.


The aim of the programme is to enable participants to gain the skills, knowledge and experience of a typical graduate recruitment process, in order to encourage them to apply for work experience, internships and/or placements.


Participants will experience many activities including a mock psychometric test, an employer led mock interview, assessment centre tasks, several employability related workshops as well as the opportunity to network with employers who regularly offer work experience opportunities.

Employability Mentoring Employability Mentoring aims to improve your employability by linking you with a professional from industry. You build a relationship, you set a goal, you ask questions and they share their perspective and journey for you to learn from. For your HEAR, engaging with Employability Mentoring says something about you. It says that you seek out information, and build professional networks to help you understand things and give yourself an advantage. Proactive investment in your employability makes you desirable to employers. A mentors insight and input gives you a competitive edge. Get involved with Employability Mentoring to improve your own prospects!
Plan Ahead, Value Employability Conference (PAVE)Takes place each November; to book go to MyGateway

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.


The Conference includes


• Motivational talks by key note speakers

• Networking exhibition stands including interactive activities to engage and inform about employability skills development

• Short talks and workshops to include examples of how students have developed their confidence and skills through volunteering and placement experiences.

Pharmacy Employability Enhancement Roadshow (PEER)Takes place each March; to book go to MyGateway This event allows De Montfort University Pharmacy students a unique chance to engage with employers and organisations that you may be working with in the future. It will give you first hand opportunities to discuss with recruiters about how best to work towards the placement or career pathway you want. It also helps Leicester School of Pharmacy forge strong links with your future employers
i-Buddies Scheme i-Buddies is a peer mentoring scheme that matches newly arrived international students with existing DMU students. Buddies volunteer to help 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.
Psychometric testing workshops Psychometric tests (especially Verbal and Numerical Reasoning) are used by many employers as part of their graduate selection process. To help you improve your performance and succeed at this important stage, staff from Careers & Employability, CLaSS and the Maths Learning Centre run practical workshops on Verbal Reasoning and on Numerical Reasoning. For more details of when they run and how to book, see the DMU Careers Psychometric testing pages.
Successfully completing the Equality and Diversity course on Blackboard  
Springboard Employability Workshops  
Business Start-up and Enterprise Business Start-up The Start-up sessions provide you with the basic skills and knowledge to help kick start your business.The hour-long workshops will take you through the main ‘hot topics’ that may be crucial in making a difference to your idea such as how to set up, funding your start-up business and marketing.
Pitch2Win Pitch2Win is a monthly pitch competition for any type of business idea. It could be in the early stages of development or an existing business which needs more support. Each monthly winner will receive a cash prize of £250 and an invitation to pitch for a larger cash prize at the Pitch2Win finals in April.