Working for us
Colleagues are given regular appraisals with their line manager, which are stored and updated as part of the suite of tools in the DMUhub digital workplace. To support this, there are many Learning and Development opportunities available for staff to grow their career and boost personal prospects.
For academics these include: the DMU Teacher Fellowship scheme; the Teaching Innovation Project fund; the Post-Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGCLTHE) for new lecturers; the Learning and Teaching conference and the development of the Early Career Academic Fellow, VC 2020 and Associate Professor Roles.
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, #DMUglobal (our international experience programme for students) and #DMUlocal initiative.
Culture and ethics
DMU is a university ranked Gold in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the only Government-endorsed measure of teaching quality in higher education. This puts DMU in the top third of universities.
We want each and every student to experience equal and inclusive learning opportunities and to feel consistently motivated. Our Universal Design for Learning programme is a model of best practice for teaching, learning and assessment which recognises that students have different life experiences, language backgrounds, learning styles, abilities and disabilities.
DMU regards its students as co-creators in learning and teaching. We facilitate the dynamic co-creation of learning opportunities and development of academic disciplines through the involvement of students, academics, employers, professional bodies and the De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU).
We pride ourselves in being a ‘listening organisation’ and are working hard to engage with our workforce as to how we can continue to improve all aspects of DMU life.
In 2018, DMU was named as the University of the Year for Social Inclusion by The Sunday Times Good University Guide. We have also been named one of the most inclusive employers in Britain by lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity Stonewall in its Top 100 Employers list for 2019 - DMU rose 30 places to number 31 – our highest-ever position in the rankings.
A centrepiece of the DMU calendar is our annual month-long DMUpride festival, which comprises events, music, films and debates around issues affecting LGBT communities. DMU's message of inclusivity extends beyond the campus into the community, working with LGBT organisations in the city and county.
In 2018 we successfully renewed our Bronze institutional Athena SWAN award. The prestigious award, given by Advance HE, recognises DMU's work to advance gender equality. The rigorous process requires a full assessment of the staff lifecycle across all faculties through a gender equality lens, looking at areas such as representation, progression, career journey and the working environment.