De Montfort University

History

  • DMU is a dynamic institution with a long and vibrant history of improving people’s lives through education.
  • Originally founded as the Leicester School of Art in 1870, the university has evolved through many incarnations including the Leicester Colleges of Art and Technology and Leicester Polytechnic.
  • The university takes its name from Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester, who is widely credited with establishing the first parliament in 1265.
  • More recently, DMU was the first stop on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK in 2012.
  • Today, DMU offers a diverse portfolio of courses that are specially designed to provide industry-relevant skills and are based on a foundation of innovation and creativity.
  • Visit our history of DMU page for more information.

Location and Transport

  • Leicester is at the heart of England with excellent transport links. It is just off the M1 and close to the main A1, with easy access to the north and south. The M69 and M6 are also close by and offer access to Birmingham, Wales and the south west.
  • Sat nav – please use postcode LE2 7DP. Please note there is no parking on campus, apart from Saturday open days. Public car parks will be clearly signposted in the city centre.
  • Visit our how to find us page for detailed directions and maps.
  • Leicester is just over an hour away from London St Pancras, and the Eurostar hub, meaning Paris is only four hours away by train. East Midlands Airport is 30 minutes away with regular flights to destinations across Europe
  • Recently Leicester had an astounding £3 billion of recent investment, transforming the city centre into a hub of entertainment, shopping and culture.
  • Curve theatre is an iconic £59-million performing arts centre, hosting touring shows and West End-sized productions.
  • The £350-million Highcross shopping centre has become one of the premier destinations for shoppers in the Midlands, with a huge range of shops, a new restaurant quarter and Leicester's first city centre multiplex cinema.
  • Leicester caters for just about every culinary taste with food and drink from around the world. Cuisines range from Mexican and Italian to sushi and tapas, whilst restaurants include family-run eateries, well-known chains and smaller, more intimate venues that are full of atmosphere. It is also well-known as one of the best places in Britain to get a curry.
  • The M1, A1, M69 and M6 give easy access to the north and south, as well as the rest of the Midlands and Wales. There is a network of routes for cyclists and good bus and train links to the rest of the country.
  • Leicester is just over an hour away from London St Pancras, and the Eurostar hub, meaning Paris is only four hours away by train.
  • East Midlands Airport is 30 minutes away with regular flights to destinations across Europe.
  • Leicester has had an astounding £3-billion of recent investment, transforming the city centre into a hub of entertainment, shopping and culture.
  • Curve is an iconic £59-million performing arts centre, hosting touring shows and West End-sized productions.
  • The £350-million Highcross shopping centre has become one of the premier destinations for shoppers in the Midlands, with a huge range of shops, a new restaurant quarter and Leicester's first city centre multiplex cinema.
  • Leicester caters for just about every culinary taste with food and drink from around the world. Cuisines range from Mexican and Italian to sushi and tapas, whilst restaurants include family-run eateries, well known chains and smaller, more intimate venues that are full of atmosphere. It is also well known as one of the best places in Britain to get a curry.