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Culture and ethics




We want each and every student to experience equal and inclusive learning opportunities and to feel consistently motivated. Our Universal Design for Learning programme is a model of best practice for teaching, learning and assessment which recognises that students have different life experiences, language backgrounds, learning styles, abilities and disabilities. 

DMU regards its students as co-creators in learning and teaching. We facilitate the dynamic co-creation of learning opportunities and development of academic disciplines through the involvement of students, academics, employers, professional bodies and the De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU).

We pride ourselves in being a ‘listening organisation’ and are working hard to engage with our workforce as to how we can continue to improve all aspects of DMU life.

In 2018, DMU was named as the University of the Year for Social Inclusion by The Sunday Times Good University Guide. We have also been named one of the most inclusive employers in Britain by lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity Stonewall in its Top 100 Employers list for 2019 - DMU rose 30 places to number 31 – our highest-ever position in the rankings.

A centrepiece of the DMU calendar is our annual month-long DMUpride festival, which comprises events, music, films and debates around issues affecting LGBT communities. DMU's message of inclusivity extends beyond the campus into the community, working with LGBT organisations in the city and county.

In 2018 we successfully renewed our Bronze institutional Athena SWAN award. The prestigious award, given by Advance HE, recognises DMU's work to advan​ce gender equality. The rigorous process requires a full assessment of the staff lifecycle across all faculties through a gender equality lens, looking at areas such as representation, progression, career journey and the working environment.

Our staff intranet contains helpful policy information to ensure colleagues can be well informed on relevant compliance issues, such as finance and procurement, information technology (including GDPR training), student welfare, health and safety, and other institutional guidelines and regulations.

For 2021, DMU is looking to build on its success in the 2014 Research Excellence Fram​ework (REF)