De Montfort University (DMU) is a public university in the city of Leicester, England.
The university takes its name from Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester, who is widely credited with establishing the first parliament in 1265.
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.
In 2008, 70% of the university’s research was deemed ‘world leading’ (40%), or ‘internationally excellent’ (30%) in the United Kingdom Research Assessment Exercise. The assessment also highlighted a particular strength in English literature, where its RAE score equalled the University of Cambridge. The university has the second highest number of National Teaching Fellows of all UK universities. The university ranked 53rd in the Times University rankings for 2016.
The university is organised into four faculties:
- Art, Design, and Humanities;
- Business and Law;
- Health and Life Sciences;
- Technology (comprising Computing Sciences and Engineering).
There is also the Institute of Creative Technologies which researches the intersections of art, science, technology and multidisciplinary working.
Requirements vary from course to course. DMU considers all applications on individual merit. DMU welcomes applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and accepts a wide range of prior qualifications and experience.
DMU’s innovative Square Mile programme, part of #DMUlocal, gives student volunteers and academics the opportunity to run projects that bring about change for the public good.
More than 2,600 DMU students enjoyed an international experience with their sector-leading #DMUglobal programme in its first full academic year, in the process visiting more than 40 countries.
DMU is changing lives across the world through its award-winning low carbon research, such as the OASYS project which provides solar power for thousands of villagers in remote parts of South Asia – the scheme won the International Green Gown Award for Community Innovation.
DMU’s undergraduate courses are designed with employability in mind and provide the professional skills and practical experience businesses are looking for.
DMU has excelled in the National Teaching Fellow awards – the most prestigious awards for excellence in higher education – receiving 18 since the scheme began in 2000, the third highest number awarded to any university in the UK.
The university boasts inspiring figures like Dr Momodou Sallah, a Reader in Youth Work and Community, named as the United Kingdom’s most innovative teacher at the 2015 Times Higher Education Awards.
The Careers and Employability service provides free lifelong support, advice and guidance.
Students can book a consultation with the Careers and Employability team, attend jobs events and use online portal for as long as they wish.
Some 95 per cent of recent graduates are in work or further study.