De Montfort University Leicester

De Montfort University (DMU) is a vibrant, multicultural hub of learning, creativity and innovation. Our success is built on our focus on the student experience coupled with award-winning teaching and world-class facilities to ensure students develop the skills and attitudes employers demand.

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DMU has also established an excellent reputation for its international impact. In its World University Rankings 2015/16, the Times Higher Education publication has placed DMU in the top 1.4% of 18,000 universities worldwide for its global work.

The Faculty of Health and Life Science provide professional training expertise which spans out more than 100 years in Pharmacy, 60 years in Speech and Language Therapy, 50 years in Youth and Community and Nursing, and 30 years in Social Work. We are proud to be one of the top 25 universities for graduate employment.

Our Courses

The faculty of Health and Life Sciences is home to four specialist schools – Allied Health Sciences, Applied Social Sciences, Nursing and Midwifery and The Leicester School of Pharmacy.

Many of our courses are accredited or endorsed by professional bodies, ensuring our teaching is delivered to the highest quality, recognised by, and relevant to, current practice. We have strong links with UK and overseas organisations, universities and industry leaders to ensure our courses provide students with the knowledge and skills required for graduate jobs.

The Faculty’s facilities have recently been comprehensively up-graded to provide students with a safe learning environment which replicates current practice. Cutting-edge research is used to inform teaching for instance, dried blood spot analysis to help treat sick new-born babies and the development of an artificial pancreas.

Please visit our website to find out more about the specialist courses we offer.

Public involvement with quality improvement

DMU has a major responsibility to contribute to society through public engagement and to bring about positive change for the public good.  DMU has worked with the local community to identify ways in which staff and students can improve the lives of local people.

At the centre of DMU’s engagement strategy is our multi award-winning Square Mile programme. Launched in 2011, Square Mile uses DMU’s academic expertise and a network of student volunteers to offer potentially life-changing services in the Leicester community. The Square Mile project has been recognised as an exemplar of universities having a positive impact, and has won multiple national and international awards, including:

  • The Guardian University Award 2014: Community Contribution
  • The Mahatma Gandhi International Award 2013: given to organisations that make a “distinguished contribution” to the community
  • Times Higher Education Awards 2013: Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community
  • Green Gown Awards 2012: Social Responsibility Award and International Social Responsibility Award.

DMU Square Mile

At the centre of DMU’s engagement strategy is our multi award-winning Square Mile programme. Launched in 2011, Square Mile uses DMU’s academic expertise and a network of student volunteers to offer potentially life-changing services in the Leicester community. The Square Mile project has been recognised as an exemplar of universities having a positive impact, and has won multiple national and international awards, including:

  • The Guardian University Award 2014: Community Contribution
  • The Mahatma Gandhi International Award 2013: given to organisations that make a “distinguished contribution” to the community
  • Times Higher Education Awards 2013: Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community
  • Green Gown Awards 2012: Social Responsibility Award and International Social Responsibility Award.

DMU has also most recently launched an initiative called Square Mile India, which will see the university transform the livelihoods of people living in poverty in the westernmost state of Gujarat. Work will be undertaken to connect remote villages to sustainable energy sources like solar power, and install intelligent electricity systems which ensure power is used efficiently.

DMUglobal

A group of DMU students recently visited The Gambia from a #DMUglobal trip, which was organised with the Global Hands UK charity. Academic staff and students helped out with local development projects, gaining valuable work experience. Dr Momodou Sallah, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Applied Social Sciences who led the trip also became DMU’s latest National Teaching Fellow, one of the most prestigious awards for excellence in higher education teaching. He is our 16th academic to receive a fellowship since the scheme began in 2000 – the second highest total nationwide. He will receive an award of £10,000 which will be used to support his professional development in teaching and learning.

Our Faculty’s commitment

Students within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences are also involved in projects with the community, working alongside charities such as Action Deafness where our Audiology students volunteered to offer free hearing tests in the Highcross Shopping Centre, testing over 60 people in one day. 

Students from the School of Pharmacy have also been working with Diabetes UK, raising awareness and providing risk assessment examinations to identify and support people with Type 2 diabetes living in communities in Leicester. DMU students have now helped more than 240 people, with 172 being referred on to their GPs. This is one of many projects carried out which shows our commitment to the community.

Research

Our Faculty also engages with life-changing research involving the application of advanced knowledge and skills to improve health and social care, within selected areas of the health and life sciences sector.

Within the School of Applied Social Sciences the research areas are: criminal justice, policy and practice; health policy; Mary Seacole research centre; participation and social justice; psychology; reproduction research; social work; and young people.

Research within the School of Pharmacy is focused on chemistry for health, pharmaceutical technologies, pharmacology, and pharmacy practice.

The Schools of Allied Health Sciences and Nursing and Midwifery research areas are biomedical and environmental health, biomolecular technology, human communication studies, social study of thalassaemia and sickle cell, and nursing and midwifery.

If you would like further information or to get involved with our institution, please use the contacts below

Jenny Ford jsford@dmu.ac.uk