De Montfort University

2015 League Table Ranking 71
2015 Overall Score 610
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Entry Standards 310 Help
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The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 18.1 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
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Research Assessment 2.32 Help
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Academic Services Spend 980 Help
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Student Satisfaction 4.02 Help
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Facilities Spend 375 Help
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Graduate Prospects 52.4 Help
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Degree Completion 87.3 Help
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Good Honours 66.5 Help
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The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 44.5 Help
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Open days

  • De Montfort University (DMU) holds open days throughout the year to give you, your friends and family a taste of life at university. For more information visit our open days page.
  • If you are unable to make an open day, DMU offers campus tours throughout the year and hosts virtual chat events.

 

History

  • DMU is a dynamic institution with a long and vibrant history of improving people’s lives through education.
  • Originally founded as the Leicester School of Art in 1870, the university has evolved through many incarnations including the Leicester Colleges of Art and Technology and Leicester Polytechnic.
  • The university takes its name from Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester, who is widely credited with establishing the first parliament in 1265.
  • More recently, DMU was the first stop on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK in 2012.
  • Today, DMU offers a diverse portfolio of courses that are specially designed to provide industry-relevant skills and are based on a foundation of innovation and creativity.
  • Visit our history of DMU page for more information.

 

Location and Transport

  • Leicester is at the heart of England with excellent transport links. It is just off the M1 and close to the main A1, with easy access to the north and south. The M69 and M6 are also close by and offer access to Birmingham, Wales and the south west.
  • Sat nav – please use postcode LE2 7DP. Please note there is no parking on campus, apart from Saturday open days. Public car parks will be clearly signposted in the city centre.
  • Visit our how to find us page for detailed directions and maps.
  • Leicester is just over an hour away from London St Pancras, and the Eurostar hub, meaning Paris is only four hours away by train. East Midlands Airport is 30 minutes away with regular flights to destinations across Europe
  • Recently Leicester had an astounding £3 billion of recent investment, transforming the city centre into a hub of entertainment, shopping and culture.
  • Curve theatre is an iconic £59-million performing arts centre, hosting touring shows and West End-sized productions.
  • The £350-million Highcross shopping centre has become one of the premier destinations for shoppers in the Midlands, with a huge range of shops, a new restaurant quarter and Leicester's first city centre multiplex cinema.
  • Leicester caters for just about every culinary taste with food and drink from around the world. Cuisines range from Mexican and Italian to sushi and tapas, whilst restaurants include family-run eateries, well-known chains and smaller, more intimate venues that are full of atmosphere. It is also well-known as one of the best places in Britain to get a curry.
  • The M1, A1, M69 and M6 give easy access to the north and south, as well as the rest of the Midlands and Wales. There is a network of routes for cyclists and good bus and train links to the rest of the country.
  • Leicester is just over an hour away from London St Pancras, and the Eurostar hub, meaning Paris is only four hours away by train.
  • East Midlands Airport is 30 minutes away with regular flights to destinations across Europe.
  • Leicester has had an astounding £3-billion of recent investment, transforming the city centre into a hub of entertainment, shopping and culture.
  • Curve is an iconic £59-million performing arts centre, hosting touring shows and West End-sized productions.
  • The £350-million Highcross shopping centre has become one of the premier destinations for shoppers in the Midlands, with a huge range of shops, a new restaurant quarter and Leicester's first city centre multiplex cinema.
  • Leicester caters for just about every culinary taste with food and drink from around the world. Cuisines range from Mexican and Italian to sushi and tapas, whilst restaurants include family-run eateries, well known chains and smaller, more intimate venues that are full of atmosphere. It is also well known as one of the best places in Britain to get a curry.

Entry Standards

  • UCAS points required for DMU's undergraduate degrees range from 260–320 points, depending on the course. Some courses require specific grades in related subjects.
  • DMU welcomes applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and accepts a wide range of prior qualifications and experience.

Student Mix

  • Male to female – 1.3 females for every male student.
  • Student to staff – 18:1.
  • International students – 8.7%.
  • Total students – over 20,000, with undergraduate students making up around 17,000.

Course Flexibility

  • Full-time and part-time study options are available.
  • Many courses offer a paid placement year or an Erasmus European study exchange.

Teaching Standards

  • DMU has been awarded 18 National Teaching Fellowships since the scheme started in 2000 and the third highest number awarded to any university in the UK.
  • DMU is a research-active university that makes a vital impact in all faculties. From blood-spot testing and the artificial pancreas through creative writing and design to sustainable energy, robotics and computer security and international relations; all of our courses are informed and updated by our research to ensure state-of-the-art teaching.
  • We invested in the next generation of research-active lecturers to improve our students’ learning experience by appointing 30 new teaching staff at the start of 2014.

Research Standards

  • DMU Professor Joan Taylor’s artificial pancreas project, which won the 2014 Channel 5 Gadget Show Live British Inventor of the Year award, could save the NHS billions of pounds and change the lives of people with diabetes around the world.
  • Dr Parvez Haris, head of DMU’s Biomedical Environmental Health Group, is at the forefront of a research project into arsenic levels in rice, which could have life-changing implications for three billion people around the globe.
  • In 2013 the EU announced their flagship Human Brain Project (HBP) – a €1-billion investment over 10 years to build a virtual brain. DMU’s Professor Bernd Stahl is leading the work package which is looking at the ethical issues presented by the project.
  • DMU has recently announced 30 new academic positions and a rolling programme of research fellowships (specifically targeted at world-leading young researchers).
  • For more information please visit our research pages.

Academic Strengths

  • DMU’s innovative Square Mile programme, which utilises a network of student volunteers and academics to run projects that bring about change for the public good, won the 2014 Guardian University Award for outstanding positive contribution to the local community.
  • DMU has excelled in the National Teaching Fellow awards – the most prestigious awards for excellence in higher education – receiving 18 since the scheme began.
  • DMU has also launched the sector-leading #DMUglobal programme, offering the majority of students a meaningful international experience during their studies. Recent returnees enjoyed amazing experiences in Brazil, China and The Gambia and we’ve committed £2 million to ensure that 11,000 of our students have an international experience over the next five years. DMU students will gain an international perspective invaluable in a fiercely competitive graduate marketplace.
  • In 2013 DMU became one of only three universities in the UK to be named a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence by the European Commission. This accolade was given in recognition of its research and teaching in the field of EU studies and will see DMU establish the De Montfort Centre for European Governance.
  • DMU academics Professor Subhes Bhattacharyya and Dr Rupert Gammon are helping to bring electricity to rural villages in the Third World with grants from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Student Facilities

  • DMU’s Kimberlin Library holds more than half a million publications and is open 24 hours a day from Monday to Friday during term time.
  • The library’s services can be accessed 24 hours a day through the @ccess anywhere online service.
  • Learning Zones have been designed to create space for group and individual work. They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players.
  • Cutting-edge facilities including subject-specific laboratories, workshops and studios provide students with all of the industry-standard equipment and resources needed to learn valuable skills.

Disability Services

  • DMU is committed to supporting students with disabilities, aiming to provide a campus that is accessible to all.
  • We work with applicants and students with a wide range of physical and sensory disabilities, medical conditions and specific learning differences. We also provide help for students to manage the effect of their disability on their studies. This includes working to access appropriate funding and embedded support.
  • DMU has a comprehensive support system that will help you throughout your time at university, see the disability support section of our website for more information.

Students' Union

  • De Montfort Students' Union (DSU) is based in the Campus Centre building and is the social hub of the university, offering bars, club nights and much more.
  • The DSU media society consists of Demon TV, the award-winning Demon FM radio station and student newspaper The Demon, that students can get involved in.
  • There are close to 100 different clubs and societies from rock music and gaming, through to debating and a number of religious societies.
  • DMU has increased the annual grant given to DSU by 25% – to a record-breaking £1.25 million. This goes towards activities such as sports teams, societies and Demon Media.

Sport

  • The university has an £8-million QEII Leisure Centre, which includes a 25-metre six-lane swimming pool, poolside sauna, climbing wall, an eight-court sports hall, state-of-the-art gym and studios for a variety of fitness classes.
  • Students can get involved with the DSU sports clubs, ranging from rowing and martial arts, to the football and rugby teams, who play their annual Varsity matches against the University of Leicester at the Leicester Tigers and Leicester City stadiums.
  • DMU also enters teams into the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues for sports including badminton, football, hockey, rugby and volleyball.

 

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Our current £136-million campus transformation will create the modern, inspiring environment our students deserve.
  • The biggest development will be to the Fletcher building which will provide students of the Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities with new state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities, as well as improved catering facilities for all students which will be moved from our Campus Centre.
  • Plans to create a 'green lung' in the heart of the campus are also moving ahead. Some of the former Gateway College buildings will be removed and the centre of the campus around Mill Lane will be landscaped to create an impressive outdoor social space for students, staff and members of the public to enjoy.
  • Following the opening of the QEII leisure centre, the old John Sandford building (the previous leisure centre) will also be developed to create a multi-functional space which will house exhibition and conference facilities, as well as being available for selected sports such as squash and badminton. As part of this expansion the university is exploring opportunities for additional off-campus sports facilities.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Many students have part-time jobs and usually work around 12 hours per week during term time.
  • DMU has launched Unitemps on campus which offers temporary employment opportunities to current and former students.
  • DMU employs more than 100 students each year to work as student ambassadors, helping with campus tours, open days and many other activities across the university.
  • DMU also has its own placement scheme, Frontrunners, which offers students the chance to apply for a placement within the university itself.
  • Leicester has many part-time opportunities, from bar, restaurant and shop work, to office work.

Notable Alumni

  • Charles Dance OBE, Actor in Game of Thrones.
  • Louis de Bernières, Novelist.
  • David Shrigley, Artist.
  • Ken Shuttleworth, Architect.
  • Lewis Moody MBE, International Rugby Player.
  • Sir Peter Soulsby, Politician and Leicester City's mayor.
  • Akram Khan MBE, Dancer and Choreographer.
  • Geoff Rowe, Founder and Director of the Leicester Comedy Festival.
  • Geordan Murphy, Rugby Player.
  • Andy Reed, MP for Loughborough.

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Address
  • De Montfort University
    The Gateway
    Leicester
    LE1 9BH
UCAS Code D26

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