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New to Higher Education

If you're new to the Higher Education sector, you might be wondering what it has to offer. There are numerous benefits to working at a university, including opportunities for personal development, and the satisfaction of being involved in a progressive and diverse institution. Below are a collection of videos produced by BUFDG to better explain, among other things, what universities are, what they do, the challenges they face, and the thinking that goes behind some of the decisions that are made.

What are universities?

A Challenging Time

Universities and value

Universities and funding

Universities and investment

Universities and culture



DMU is proud to be recognised as a university ranked Gold under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The award is a recognition of the consistently outstanding teaching and learning on offer at DMU and the extraordinary impact that has on our students. Find out more here.


Almost 60% of DMU’s research activities were judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent. The University saw an overall rise in research quality of 15% compared to the previous exercise. The majority of case studies demonstrating the impact which our academics’ work has on real-life issues were rated either outstanding (4*) or very considerable (3*). Find out more here.


Not only did DMU meet all expectations, the university was commended in the enhancement of student learning opportunities, and identified as an example of good practice in many vital areas. There have been 92 QAA reviews at universities and colleges across the country and DMU is one of only four higher education institutions to be awarded the commended status for enhancement of student learning opportunities. Find out more here



Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills. DMU has been assessed as a 'Good' provider in the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (FIAD). Find out more here.