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Make a difference

The unique aspect of DMU is that we don’t think of ourselves as ‘just a university’ – we believe we have a major responsibility to contribute to society through public engagement and to bring about positive change for the public good.


We have been selected as the global lead by the United Nations for one of its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are aimed at transforming the lives of millions by 2030. We also intend to embed all 17 SDGs into every aspect of university life and these goals will be the prism through which the university explores new and exciting possibilities in teaching, research and student support.  Our Square Mile India project supports a community centre in Ahmedabad that was established to help people affected by leprosy.

This strong global identity is also rooted in a commitment to our home city of Leicester.  DMU Square Mile and #DMUlocal have established a deep, mutually beneficial relationship with our local communities and civic institutions.  In the next five years we will play a continuing, critical role in the growth and prosperity of our city by cultivating talent, driving innovation and strengthening communities.

We will instil in our students the belief that they can be ‘activist diplomats’, agents of change in a world which can all too often seem to ignore the voice of the young. In uncertain times, we will encourage, challenge and inspire our students to ‘be the change they want to see in the world’.

As a member of our team, we expect you to share these ambitions with us. 

To support our programmes, we offer the opportunity to apply for paid days off for volunteering and to use your knowledge and skills to work with communities across Leicester and beyond with the initiatives described above, DMU Global (our international experience programme for students) and #DMUlocal initiative.

See below DMU staff volunteering with Katie Wray - lead co-ordinator and manager of the Food Bank and the Holiday Lunch Box Project.

LGBTQ+ role models


“It’s really important to me that young people growing up have less fear than I did at their age. I feel we have moved on as a society in the UK, but we still have a long way to go. Onwards and upwards”

David has been a health, safety and wellbeing professional for over 20 years having worked in the pharmaceutical, chemical, healthcare and higher education sectors. He moved to Leicester in January 2016 and started as Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing at De Montfort University that same month. Previously David lived in Brighton and on the south coast for 26 years where there is an open culture regarding gender and sexuality.

David recently felt empowered by the University to come out as being bisexual for the first time in over 30 years of work. He is a member of the LGBTQ Committee and is a trained Mental Health First Aid Instructor. As a role model David supports both staff and students in feeling comfortable with themselves and hopes to reduce prejudice, empower people and educate others about bisexuality. In doing so, hopefully people can be themselves and can prosper.