Your student experience
Despite some necessary restrictions, you’ll still have lots of opportunities to engage with DMU student life both on campus and within the vibrant city of Leicester as much as is safely possible.
As soon as national restrictions are eased, we will be able to tell you more about everything we can offer to provide you with a memorable student experience.
Life in Leicester
"I love the fact that the uni is on historical ground in Leicester yet it has such a modern campus and atmosphere. I think universities like DMU are universities of the future!"
Rowan, Drama Studies
Leicester is a multicultural and welcoming city which has been rated as one of the top 10 best cities in the UK in which to live and work. Our campus is less than five minutes from the city centre and as things hopefully continue to get back to normal, you’ll be able to carry on enjoying everything our city has to offer including shopping, sport, music, theatre and comedy. Take a look here to find out more.
Please note: This video was filmed before the COVID-19 pandemic
“At De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU), you are our main priority. We exist to support and represent you in every way we possibly can, and where possible, provide you some wonderful experiences while at university. Throughout lockdown, we have been working tirelessly to ensure students are always represented and supported. One of my favourite things about your students' union is that no question is a silly question, we welcome everybody and encourage you to get actively involved, no matter who you are or where you’re from. Before I graduated last year, I had so much fun taking part in societies and becoming a Course Rep, I really feel I made my friends for life there so I’d encourage you to get involved with the SU as much as possible.”
Laura Flowers, Academic Executive, De Montfort Students’ Union
De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU) will remain open to welcome new and returning students to DMU when the new term begins. DSU represents you, helps connect you with other students, supports you and provides opportunities to get actively involved in student life by:
- Taking part in their no commitment taster sessions
- Representing your course by becoming a Course Rep
- Or simply come along to one of their events
Take a look at DSU’s website to find out more.
"I love the DMUactive Programme. I’ve been going along to the indoor football sessions and I have made loads of Friends. Being 24, I wasn’t in shape but thanks to the programme I have enjoyed my time at DMU a lot."
Nirav Bhundia, Photography and Video
Recreational sport - DMUactive
DMUactive is a free programme that runs throughout the academic year and is open to all students at DMU. The timetable includes a range of free sport and fitness sessions, from basketball to Zumba, there is something for everyone.
DMUactive is working to create safe and fun opportunities for students in the upcoming academic year. The programme will continue to ensure that you can look after your wellbeing, stay healthy, meet new people and try new activities. Sessions will run face-to-face where possible in line with Government advice, however if this is not possible there will be an online provision in place.
Please follow #KeepDMUactive for various opportunities to keep active.
Student Frankie takes part in DMUactive sessions to help her to focus on her university work:
Please note: This video was filmed before the COVID-19 pandemic
Sports clubs and performance sport
DMUsport will work within Government, National Governing Bodies for sport (NGBs) and UKactive guidelines to ensure all activities are COVID-19 safe for students and staff for the academic year 2020/21, and plan to offer as much sport and physical activity sessions for all abilities as possible within those guidelines.
The DMUsport team are committed to delivering in-person activity where it is safe and possible to do so. We will continue to support student groups and individuals virtually to ensure there is access to activity where in-person activity is not available.
While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, the university will review government advice, and if travel is permitted we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021.
From term one, students will be able to participate in our full range of campus-based activities. You could learn a foreign language, including Mandarin, French, German, Spanish, Japanese and Arabic. Students can also participate in other opportunities such as Teach English as a Foreign Language Training (TEFL) and the DMU Global Intercultural Awareness Certificate. Opportunities will be launched from late September 2020 and details can be found on the DMU Global website.
New for the 2020/21 academic year, we will also be launching DMU Global Online Learning which will offer students the chance to engage and learn about a range of global topics in a virtual environment, without the need to travel.
"It was valuable experience and a privilege to give something back to the community. Without this opportunity, I would not have come to the decision about the job I would like to do."
"More than me giving something, the children gave me so much more than I could have imagined. Their eagerness to learn was inspiring as it reminded me of how fortunate I am."
"It was the most fulfilling and worthwhile volunteering event that I’ve taken part in. I really enjoyed, seeing a smile on their faces and being to talk to others and meet new people. I know how lonely and isolated the elderly can feel ."
University life is all about experiences. At DMU, we believe that one of the best things you can do as a student is try volunteering. Not only can it help you build a brilliant CV, you’ll make new friends, actively support causes you care about and make a difference.
All DMU’s volunteering is run by our DMU Local team, which works with organisations across the city from schools to environmental charities all looking for helping hands.
In the past 12 months alone, our students have contributed an incredible 20,465 hours of volunteering, with more than 1,000 hours alone spent helping to distribute PPE to local hospitals, care homes and schools during the pandemic. Interested? You can find out more here.
Mentoring for All
Mentoring can play a crucial role in enhancing your student experience and supporting your wellbeing while you are with us. As a DMU student, you have access to five different mentoring schemes that you can take advantage of depending on your needs:
MyUniPal supports our new students throughout their first academic year at DMU. MyUniPal volunteer mentors are existing DMU university students, who are keen to help new students at university. They will support, welcome and guide you through student life.
iBuddies matches newly arrived international students with an existing DMU student. The i-Buddies scheme runs for one term each academic year, but many buddies become friends and choose tostay in contact when the scheme comes to an end.
Dare to Be Mentoring matches students with DMU staff, alumni and honorands who act as mentors to help you excel at your studies. Dare to Be mentoring provides a platform for students to gain a different perspective of what opportunities are available, to help them achieve long term goals and life aspirations.
Employability mentoring helps you boost your employability by matching you with an industry mentor. Students meet with their mentor to discuss and learn about the opportunities, demands and cultures of the working world. It’s all about giving students an insight into potential career paths and helping them to fulfil their aspirations for employment.
Peer mentoring involves students working with other students to support your learning and improve your academic achievement. Many courses and programmes at DMU already have bespoke peer mentoring or buddying schemes and we encourage students to speak to your personal tutor or lecturer to find out about what opportunities are available.
You can find out more about how to get involved in mentoring here.