De Montfort University

 

 

Overall ranking: 71st out of 123 in the Complete University Guide for 2015.

History: The Leicester School of Art was founded in 1870 – the earliest point in the academic history of the Institution. Became a polytechnic in 1969 and then gained university status in 1992. De Montford was recently the first stop on the Queen's Diamond Jubilee tour.

Address: The Main City Campus is in the centre of Leicester, one of the oldest cities in England.

Ambience: A vibrant city centre with a diverse population and strong sense of multiculturalism benefiting arts, culture and lifestyle across the city. Great for shopping and international cuisine. One of the best places in Britain to get a curry according to the Complete University Guide!

Who's the boss? Professor Dominic Shellard, an expert on post-war British theatre, is vice-chancellor.

Prospectus: Order a prospectus here.

UCAS code: D26

What you need to know

Easy to get into? Accepts a wide-range of qualifications for entry including traditional A-level, Access and BTEC National Awards. However, this depends on the course. A typical offer for an undergraduate degree is 260-320 UCAS points from two passes at A-level (or equivalent).

Vital statistics: A big university with 20,000 students overall which includes postgrads and other non-degree students. Predominantly female student body.

Added value: Wide variety of courses. Impressive new campus- £186.5 million has been invested in first class facilities since the year 2000. New £8m leisure centre completed in July 2012 with a 25 metre six-lane pool, poolside sauna, climbing wall, eight-court sports hall, fitness suite, weights area and dance studio. DMU has also started work on a £136million campus redevelopment programme which will create striking new buildings for the world-renowned departments of Fashion and Textiles, Design, Art and Architecture.  The work will also include a green lung of open parkland, improved teaching rooms and transform the Students’ Union.

Teaching: 76th out of 123 for student satisfaction with teaching. It boasts the second largest number of National Teaching Fellows of any UK university, with 13.

Graduate prospects: 111th out of 124 with 52.4 per cent finding graduate level employment.

Any accommodation? Yes- the university offers around 2,000 rooms in 8 halls of residence. Prices range from £83 to £152 per week.

Cheap to live there? Yep. Around £80 a week excluding bills in the city centre will get you a studio flat or a room in a shared house.

Transport links: Good. Staff and students have free use of the Hospital Hopper bus service that stops outside the Charles Frears Campus and just three minutes from the City Campus, and takes you straight into the city centre. Plenty of commercial buses stop close to both campuses. Both campuses are within one mile of the train station.

Fees: £9,000 for home and EU full-time undergraduate students.

Bursaries: DMU offers a number of means-tested bursaries and scholarships, dependent on various criteria. also offering a scholarship of 50 per cent off taught PG courses for those who have graduated in 2014, or within the last two years and achieved 2:1 or above. For more details see here.

The fun stuff

Nightlife: A varied mix to suit all tastes. The Students' Union, Level 1, is the main bar and hosts its own club nights. Injunction and Klimax are particularly popular nights. The campus is situated between numerous bars and clubs in the city centre and Braunstone Gate/Narborough Road, the other major entertainment area in the city. There are winter and summer balls too.

Price of a pint: About £3 in Leicester but many city bars and clubs offer student promotions.

Sporting reputation: 82nd out of 145 in the current BUCS league, so not the sportiest. 

Notable societies: Well-established student newspaper, The Demon, that any student can get involved in. Demon TV and Demon FM radio station too.

Glittering alumni: Charles Dance OBE, actor; Engelbert Humperdinck, crooner; Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards; Ken Shuttleworth, architect; Alan Lloyd, pharmacist; Andy Gotts, photographer.

Alternative prospectus: Join the discussion about all things De Montford and see whether it's the university for you on The Student Room here.

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