DMU’s start-up help and abilities coaching recognised in nationwide Authorities evaluation

De Montfort College Leicester (DMU) has been recognised for its abilities coaching and start-up help in a Authorities measure exhibiting the contribution universities make to society and the financial system.

DMU achieved the best rating doable for Persevering with Skilled Growth – skilled coaching programs for companies – and scholar and graduate start-ups within the Data Trade Framework (KEF) which was revealed at present. (Weds Sept 27).

The KEF is a approach of assessing how universities create and share information that advantages companies, the general public sector, communities, analysis, and the way nicely they drive native financial progress.

DMU is dedicated to serving to sort out the abilities hole within the area, working with employers to assist them upskill their employees and discover new expertise. The East Midlands has low abilities ranges and excessive charges of low-paid jobs, and employers wrestle to seek out folks with the best abilities, hindering job creation and financial progress.

Final 12 months, learners logged 41,894 days learning on CPD programmes run by DMU in subjects starting from cyber safety to management and administration. In the identical interval, some 131 companies had been began by college students and graduates supported by DMU Careers Group and the Crucible enterprise incubation programme.

Professor Mike Kagioglou, Professional Vice-Chancellor Analysis Enterprise and Innovation mentioned: “At DMU, we recognise the essential function now we have to play in supporting our communities, our financial system and making a optimistic distinction to folks’s lives.

“We’re pleased with the other ways through which DMU works with exterior companions and creates jobs within the native financial system by means of start-ups and utilized analysis. A key a part of our focus is to work with employers to sort out the abilities hole within the area and I’m significantly happy to see our CPD work with companies given the highest score doable, together with our persevering with excellence in supporting start-ups.”

You’ll be able to view DMU’s outcomes on the KEF dashboard right here

DMU Enterprise Faculty’s government schooling group run coaching for firms together with Housing 21, a number one not for revenue supplier of retirement dwelling and further care houses, working throughout the nation. This month noticed its newest graduates on the Stage 5 Administration programme obtain their College Certificates in Skilled Growth at Curve Theatre.

“Finding out this course at DMU has actually given me the boldness and helped me to develop and develop,” mentioned Shaf Hussain, an accountant with the corporate, based mostly in Birmingham. “I’m now doing the postgraduate programme which I by no means thought I’d do, however I’m having fun with it a lot. It has been actually enlightening.”

David Parkes, Director of Library and Studying Providers at DMU mentioned: “The supportive, imaginative and revolutionary work demonstrated by the group is tremendously valued by college students as evidenced by this end result. Excellent work.”

Simon Baines, who manages DMU Entrepreneurship, mentioned: “Our phenomenal college students and graduates exhibit an enormous urge for food and appreciation for creating and making use of entrepreneurial abilities by way of a complete schedule of enterprise programmes, occasions and competitions resulting in this end result.

“We sit up for celebrating their achievements at our annual Awards occasion in November.”


DMU has been in a position to showcase work on initiatives together with:

A groundbreaking AI collaboration with Leicester Metropolis Council, to assist public well being officers create tailor-made plans to sort out weight problems

Delivering web zero and sustainability enterprise plans for SMEs to assist them on the highway to web zero, as a part of a £1m venture

How DMU used a £100,000 award from Barclays to sort out excessive Covid-19 an infection charges throughout Leicester, sort out the digital divide that left low-income households with out tech, and assist for the homeless.

Our partnership with Barclays Eagle Labs, based mostly on the Innovation Centre on campus, permits the college to supply extra help to start-ups trying to scale

Our ART:AI Pageant which showcases the newest analysis and tech-generated artwork from DMU and international companions in venues in and round Leicester

The KEF dashboard is up to date yearly, and universities are invited to incorporate two narratives to assist in giving context to the metrics. Every college is grouped into clusters of similar-sized establishments to make sure honest comparisons. DMU is within the largest group, Cluster E, alongside 28 different fashionable universities together with Coventry, Derby and Nottingham Trent.

Professor Dame Jessica Nook, Government Chair of Analysis England, mentioned: “Throughout the breadth of upper schooling, establishments make wealthy and various contributions to the financial system and society by means of their information trade actions.

“The KEF continues to be a robust software to explain the breadth of scope of information trade. It additionally gives essential proof of various college strengths by means of peer group comparisons. KEF is now in its third 12 months and the tactic has been rigorously examined and begins to offer us an image of modifications in efficiency over time.”

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