We want our students to enjoy city life
I am really looking forward to this week at De Montfort as thousands of new students arrive on our campus. There is always a real buzz around the university as they settle into their halls of residence, form new friendships and share their excitement about what the next few years of study at DMU might bring.
At DMU, we are determined that the "student experience" is at the heart of everything we do. And, in this new era of £9,000 fees, our students will be more mindful than ever before that we deliver on that.
By the student experience, I mean that we don't just offer high quality teaching and research in the lecture theatre but ensure that our students enjoy their time outside the classroom, too.
So DMU can offer students teaching excellence, perhaps best illustrated by having our research projects nominated in this year's prestigious Times Higher Education Awards and being named alongside Oxford and Cambridge as one of Britain's top ten creative universities in the Which? University Guide.
But we can also point to our new £8 million leisure centre, highlight our Student Gateway as a one-stop shop for help and advice, and promote an excellent students' union.
But there is another aspect of life outside the classroom that our students embrace – and that is the city of Leicester itself.
We are proud that our campus is just a short walk away from the city centre and all that it can offer to our students.
So as well as promoting a campus experience we make sure a city experience is on our students' agenda, too.
That is why we point them towards the Highcross Centre, The Lanes and Leicester Market for a great shopping experience, highlight the numerous places offering food from around the globe and tell them about top class football, rugby and cricket, on Filbert Way, Welford Road and Grace Road.
We tell them about visiting Curve, the finest regional theatre in the UK, and Phoenix Square for cutting edge arts and cinema. We also celebrate the fact they are able to study, work and play in one of the most diverse cities in the country, offering a myriad of festivals and events representing many different cultures.
We see a lot of our alumni return to DMU each year and they ask not just about the university but the city, too, and tell us what fond memories they have of their time in Leicester.
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