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De Montfort University
Established 1992 - gained University Status
1969 - City of Leicester Polytechnic
Type Public
Endowment £0.9 million[1]
Chancellor Lord Alli
Vice-Chancellor Professor Philip Tasker
Students 21,210[2]
Undergraduates 17,125[2]
Postgraduates 3,290[2]
Other students 795 FE[2]
Location Leicester, England
Affiliations University Alliance
Association of Commonwealth Universities

De Montfort University (DMU) is a research-led university situated in the centre of Leicester, England. The university is made up of one main campus and one outlying campus. The main campus is currently being expanded to incorporate a new Business and Law building which will move all the main buildings towards one centre point. The faculties currently on the campus are: Art and Design (The Fletcher Building), Technology (Gateway House and Queen's Building), Humanities (Clephan Building), Health and Life Sciences (Hawthorn Building) and The Institute Of Creative Technologies. Nursing and Midwifery are also taught on the outlying Charles Frears campus.




De Montfort University, which is named after Simon de Montfort, an Earl of Leicester in the 13th century, is one of two universities situated in the city of Leicester.

Prior to 1992 the University was known as Leicester Polytechnic. It had been created in 1969 through the amalgamation of Leicester College of Technology and Leicester College of Art. The Polytechnic was established as a corporation in 1989.

The plan was to make DMU a multi-campus Collegiate University of the entire East Midlands and as such the University swiftly acquired other campuses based in Bedford, Luton, Lincoln, the Scraptoft College of Education in east Leicester, Caythorpe and Milton Keynes. The Milton Keynes campus had actually been built by the university in 1981 and officially opened by Queen Elizabeth in 1982, prior to the official foundation of DMU as a New University. Departments at Milton Keynes included computing, built environment and business. DMU conducted a series of expansionist mergers with the Bedford College of Higher Education and with the Lincoln and Caythorpe Colleges in 1994 and then with the Charles Frears College of Nursing and Midwifery, based in Leicester, in 1995.

In 1993, DMU attracted students using a memorable TV and cinema advert that reputedly cost £500k featuring a killer whale chasing some sea lions on a beach. It was taken from a gripping scene filmed in Patagonia in the David Attenborough series, the Trials of Life. The tag line Reserve your Seat of Learning Here was read by Angus Deayton, implying that students should avoid letting life "chew them up" and improve their job prospects with a degree.


In 2001 the Board of Governors adopted a new strategy to do 'fewer things in fewer places' and reduce the number of outlying campuses.[3] DMU consolidated around its Leicester campus, with its satellite sites closed, or transferred to other institutions.

  • The former Lincolnshire College of Art and Design and the Lincolnshire College of Agriculture, based in Lincoln and Caythorpe respectively, were merged with the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside to form the new University of Lincoln in 2001.[4]
  • Following the relocation to Leicester of many of the courses offered in Milton Keynes, the Kents Hill campus was considered economically unviable and was closed in 2003. The premises were sold to the Open University, which now uses them to house its student administration offices.
  • The last remaining campus at Bedford, housing the Faculty of Education and Contemporary Studies , was merged with the University of Luton to become the University of Bedfordshire in 2006.[5]

Present day

Today, De Montfort University has two campuses, Leicester City and Charles Frears. The Scraptoft Campus (home of the teaching courses) closed in 2003.

Recently the University has been redeveloping the Leicester City Campus, adding two new buildings. The Performance Arts Centre for Excellence (PACE), funded by a £4.5 Million grant from the Higher Education Funding Council, was opened in 2007 by the BBC's Creative Director Alan Yentob[6].

A new building for the Faculty of Business and Law - the Hugh Aston building - opened in September 2009. The new Business and Law centre has the iconic Magazine Square at its centre and cost £35 million.[7]

The University has approximately 20,500 students, 3,240 staff and an annual turnover in the region of £132.5 million[8].

Future plans

New Art and Design building

Plans are in progress for a brand new dedicated Art and Design building on the edge of the River Soar.

Sports Centre

There are plans for a £6 million expansion of the John Sandford Sports Centre. This will include expanded facilities and a swimming pool for use by students and the general public.

Health Centre

De Montfort University has sold land on Grasmere Street to allow space for a brand new Health Centre. This is still in the planning stage but will provide a full health care service for both DMU students and the local community.

Gateway College As it Stands 2008.

Gateway site and public squares

DMU has recently acquired the site of the old Gateway College. The current buildings are to be demolished, creating a new public square and improving the area. This will link with other public squares across the Campus, and new landscaping, lighting, street furniture and public art structures will create a ‘one campus’ feel and a vibrant and pleasant place to study.[9]


Currently De Montfort University has five faculties and one Institute:

The Faculty of Art and Design

Descended via the former Leicester Polytechnic from the old Leicester College of Art. The Faculty of Art and Design boasts the only University courses in the world to specialise in lingerie, underwear, body-wear, swimwear and performance sportswear,[10] these courses beginning immediately after the Second World War. The Faculty also offers the only UK University courses in Footwear Design, courses in Product Design and courses in Fine Art and Architecture which have been researched, studied and taught in Leicester continuously for over 100 years.

The Faculty of Technology

The Queen's Building houses the Faculty of Technology.

Originally Faculty of Computing Sciences and Engineering, renamed on October 1, 2008. Descended via the former Leicester Polytechnic from the old Leicester College of Technology. The Faculty of Technology offers courses across a range of animation, electronic games, information technology, robotics, telecommunications and video production. The main faculty building is the Queen's Building (pictured) its unique design means that the building has no need for heating as it controls the temperature though a series of vents.

The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Descended from the Charles Frears College of Nursing and Midwifery The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences consists of four interconnected schools: Allied Health Sciences, Applied Social Sciences, Nursing and Midwifery and the Leicester School of Pharmacy. These interrelate so as to allow collaboration across subject boundaries in teaching, consultancy and research. Between them, the Schools cover Biomedical Science; Child, Adolescent and Family Therapy; Community Studies; Criminal Justice; Counselling and Psychotherapy; Criminology; Environmental Awareness; Management; Protection and Technology; Forensic Science; Health and Community Studies; Midwifery; Nursing; Pharmacy; Psychology; Social Work; and Speech and Language Therapy.

The Faculty of Business and Law

The Faculty of Business and Law incorporates the Leicester Business School and the De Montfort Law School. The Business School is one of the top schools in the country according to the results of the 2007 National Student Survey. The School is an accredited provider of professional courses approved by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD). Construction of a new £35million building to hold both Schools is nearing completion and opened to staff and students in September 2009 ( The new building is called the Hugh Aston building and it is scheduled to open officially in March 2010. The University also has a long history of international partnerships. In 1997 the business school collaborated to help found a business school in India - Daly College Business School.[11]

The Faculty of Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities offers English, History and Politics degree courses and courses in Arts Management, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Education, Film, Globalisation, International Relations, Media and Music (including Technology and Innovation).

The Institute Of Creative Technologies (IOCT)

The Institute Of Creative Technologies (IOCT), which opened at DMU in 2006, undertakes interdisciplinary research in emerging areas at the intersection of Science, the Digital Arts and the Humanities. The Institute offers a Masters degree in Creative Technologies, a highly interdisciplinary course of study with modules across the faculties of Art and Design, Computing Science and Engineering, and Humanities. Post-graduate students are engaged in research in a wide variety of areas reflecting the inter/transdisciplinary nature of the IOCT.


The University has one of the largest numbers of Teacher Fellows of any UK University, and was awarded Centre of Excellence status for its performance practice teaching and student support.[12] This award has enabled further investment in research as well as the construction of a new building with state of the art performance studios, rehearsal areas and the latest technology.

In 2005/6, DMU was highly rated by both external examiners and the Quality Agency Audit (QAA) for its academic planning, staff training and the support given to students.

The University also runs its own award schemes to promote and disseminate good teaching practice, an approach which was highly praised by the QAA. Its Curriculum Innovation Awards recognise the contributions of teams to programme design and delivery while the Vice Chancellors’ Distinguished Teaching Awards are voted for by students.

UK University Rankings
2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993
Times Good University Guide 66th[13] 77th[14] 97th[15] 99th[16] 89th 81st[17] 80th= 86th[18 ] 85th 67th 67th 70th 62nd= 74th 61st 69th= 67th= 70th
Guardian University Guide 82nd 103rd[19] 81st 81st[20] 83rd[21] 47th[22] 77th[23]
Sunday Times University Guide 69th[24] 87th 90th[25] 91st[25] 96th[26] 90th[26] 98th[26] 94th[26] 82nd[26] 67th[26] 66th[26]
Daily Telegraph 88th[27] 80th
FT 69th[28] 70th[29] 66th[30] 65th[31]
Independent - Complete University Guide 66th[32 ] 88th[32 ]

Student Facilities

The Campus Centre Building.

Campus Centre

The campus centre features all the facilities a student would need with a food court on the ground floor of the building serving hot and cold food and drinks, upstairs is the Students Union DMU Students Union this is home of the Sports clubs and societies run by the DSU, societies which include Demon FM Demon FM Website(a student radio station that runs 24 hours a day), Demon TV (which can be found on Demon TV website and Youtube under that name Demon2 and Demon News a newspaper printed every two weeks and distributed around the campus. Inside the SU is situated a bar/club called Level 1 where there are various different themed nights such as: Riot, Kinky and Big Bad Cheese. The Students' Union also runs its own lettings agency known as DSU Lettings on behalf of DMU students. Also located in the campus centre is a Spar supermarket and a pub called the Graduate.

The Kimberlin Library

The Kimberlin Library is the centre of learning on Campus. It is open 24 hours a day during term time, to enable students to study whenever it suits their schedule. There is also an @ccess anywhere scheme, allowing students access to a portion of the library's facilities 24 hours a day, from wherever they may be. The new Learning Zone on the ground floor provides space for group and individual work, has workstations with power supplies for laptops, as well as meeting rooms with interactive whiteboards, DVD and video facilities where students may rehearse presentations.

The Eric Wood Building

The Eric Wood Building has been extended and developed into a Learning Zone, providing 180 more modern study places and up-to-date study facilities. This was opened on 12 January 2009. The DMU Library provides 21st century facilities for a modern and forward-thinking university


The University has special arrangements with more than 80 universities and colleges in over 25 countries, as well as with the Digital Media Centre (DMC) which was partly funded by DMU who put £1 Million into the project in Leicester City Centre. Through DMU’s involvement the DMC will benefit from the latest research in media and related technologies. Students on appropriate courses will have the opportunity to use the production and educational facilities at the Centre. [33]


De Montfort University’s research achieved a higher proportion of top grades than any other post-1992 university in the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2001).. The Sunday Time Good University Guide for 2010 ranks the University as one of the top 5 "new" universities for research.

Research underpins every area of the University, its projects cross many disciplines, with local, national and international impact. Research groups are advancing knowledge, assisting businesses and ensuring its students benefit from a learning environment that is enriched by innovation and research excellence.

Pharmacy course controversy

On 20 April 2006, The Times Higher Education Supplement reported that first year pharmacy students in 2004 who underperformed in examinations were allowed to progress to the next year of the MPharm course at De Montfort University School of Pharmacy avoiding resits, despite concern from lecturers and external examiners. This followed from the release of documents of meeting minutes, in a ruling under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.[34]

The Daily Telegraph reported that the University "has been caught lowering a pass mark to 26 per cent to prevent widespread failure of students, ... the proof that up to 14 per cent was arbitrarily added to the scores of trainee pharmacists to save the university's reputation has renewed concerns over the dumbing down of degrees in the move toward mass higher education."[35]

Subsequently, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain put the pharmacy course on a probationary status and required the University to implement a five-point action plan.[36] The School remains one of only 23 in the UK that the Society accredits for offering recognised degrees in pharmacy.[37]

Notable alumni


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Coordinates: 52°37′47″N 1°08′20″W / 52.62973°N 1.13897°W / 52.62973; -1.13897

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