Our history

Discover where #DMUlocal came from with the timeline below and see some of our greatest successes.

Our History

November 29 2013

Square Mile highly commended in THE Awards

Square Mile highly commended in THE Awards

DMU Square Mile is highly commended in  Times Higher Education Awards in the ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community’ category.

February 27 2014

WINNER: Guardian University Award

WINNER: Guardian University Award

DMU Square Mile wins prestigious Guardian University Award following record breaking Stem Cell drives with The Rick Basra Leukaemia Campaign.

June 2 2014

DMU Square Mile hosts first awards

DMU Square Mile hosts first awards

DMU Square Mile volunteers are celebrated at our first awards night, which is now an annual highlight of the #DMUlocal calander.

August 21 2014

Fine art students transform poorly boy’s bedroom

Fine art students transform poorly boy’s bedroom

Square Mile volunteers transformed the bedroom of a 16-month-old boy who loves Disney’s Finding Nemo. After being born prematurely doctors feared he would not survive, but the little lad defied the odds to make it home to his newly decorated bedroom.

October 1 2014

Charity event at DMU Campus Centre

#RACETO1000 campaign sees Square Mile break UK record

DMU Square Mile team up with The Rik Basra Leukaemia Campaign to smash the national record of blood donor sign-ups in a single day. #RACETO1000 saw 1,020 people aged 16-30 become potential life savers.

February 24 2015

DMU Square Mile takes first trip to India

DMU Square Mile takes first trip to India

Square Mile volunteers made there way to India for the first time to help build a washroom for underprivileged children in the city of Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Across India girls drop out of school as a result of the lack of separate washroom facilities.

April 8 2015

Group of people with Diabetes UK and DMU Square Mile t-shirts

First student Diabetes Community Champions trained

Following a landmark partnership with Diabetes UK, the charity trains 12 DMU students to become Community Champions. These volunteers raise awareness and performed risk assessments in Leicester communities and by the end of 2016/17, over 120 students have been trained to work with thousands in the city.

April 9 2015

Boy having hearing test

6-year-old child’s hearing fixed thanks to Square Mile

Audiology students providing free hearing tests at a Square Mile pop-up clinic helped to diagnose six-year-old Akhil Maroju, who suffered from glue ear. Akhil is no longer getting into trouble with teachers who think he is ignoring them.

November 12 2015

Square Mile begins plans for expansion

Square Mile begins plans for expansion

Following the success of its projects in Leicester, Square Mile begins planning ways to share DMU expertise and volunteering with communities across Leicester. This new initiative comes to be known as #DMUlocal.

February 11 2016

Children in India

DMU launches Square Mile India

Following the success of community projects in Leicester, DMU created Square Mile India in the slums of Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Here students work 160,000 people to help provide them basic education and healthcare, while a dedicated fund supports underprivileged children at the Gandhi Ashram.

April 16 2016

Square Mile Stem Cell Drive helps save a life

Square Mile Stem Cell Drive helps save a life

After taking time out in 2014 to sign up to the Anthony Nolan Stem Cell Register at one of our events, student Sarah Olsen was matched with a woman with leukaemia in December 2015. By the beginning of 2016 she had gone through the ‘easy’ transplant and saved a life.

April 21 2016

#DMUlocal partners with Leicester City Council

#DMUlocal partners with Leicester City Council

#DMUlocal teamed up with Leicester City Council to provide brand new projects and work with new communities

September 26 2016

#DMUlocal officially launches

#DMUlocal officially launches

#DMUlocal officially launches to continue Square Mile’s legacy of public good across the entire city of Leicester and support more communities than ever.