DMU Square Mile has grown organically since its inception in 2011, where it expanded into #DMUlocal in 2015. Over the last six years, more than 8,000 students have participated in projects that bring about positive change.
Please see the timeline below to find out how the programme has progressed over the years, and what our targets are for the future.
By June 2017/18, we are aiming to have over 3,500 DMU students engaged in #DMUlocal projects, giving back to the city of Leicester and overseas – including India, Thailand, New York City and Berlin!
Last academic year, over 2,800 DMU students took part in #DMUlocal projects. They committed over 33,000 hours of volunteering in Leicester and abroad.
In 2014/15 around 2,100 students from DMU took part in DMU Square Mile projects, making a difference to people of all ages throughout Leicester. #DMUlocal was also launched during this year, contributing to the increase in student volunteers.
Through organic growth, in 2014/15 DMU Square Mile saw just over 1,500 students giving their time to deliver DMU’s public good agenda, but also gaining experience and boosting their confidence.
Numbers of students doubled in 2013/14 to over 1,000. More and more students were coming to DMU Square Mile for unique volunteering experiences that help put their skills into practice – but also to do something new!
In 2012/13, DMU Square Mile started to gain momentum on campus, with around 500 students completing a volunteering opportunity in the local community.
In the first year of DMU Square Mile, less than 100 students from across the university volunteered on community projects.