DSU and DMU join forces to launch new transparent spending video

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De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU) and De Montfort University (DMU) have joined forces to launch a new video series designed to highlight how your tuition fees are spent.

The Big DSU Survey, sent out to all students earlier in 2017/18, showed that only a very small proportion of those at DMU have an idea of where the money goes, and whether you think you’re getting your money’s worth.

Our Officer Team lobbied the university to shed a bit more light on where your money goes.

We’ve helped produce the new Your Fees, Your Experience series of videos to show how every corner of the university, from teaching and learning to turning off the lights at the end of each day is supported by tuition fees.


The new video series splits DMU expenditure into four easy-to-understand sections.

Mike Mayes, VP Media and Communications at DSU, has been involved with the project since late 2017, and was pleased to have seen the series launched earlier this week.

He said: “During my time at DSU, students have been telling us loud and clear that they want more transparency when it comes to showing where their tuition fees are spent; and so that’s exactly what we’ve done.

“I’m also pleased to say DMU is one of the only universities in the country to be doing this, especially when higher education funding is the focus of debate and review at the moment.

“I’ve worked tirelessly to get this information out there and am pleased that the finished product has now been released to students and the university has been incredibly accommodating in helping show students where their fees go.”

The video breaks down the four areas of expenditure at DMU; teaching, research and learning; facilities; student support and employability; as well as the day-to-day running of the university.


Mike also stars in the video alongside Katelyn Isliker, a Law and Criminal Justice LLB student at DMU.

“There might be a few surprises in there – for example, at least 100 people help you get through university each day,” Mike continued.

“I had no idea just how many people had a hand in my education I was studying – much more than the lecturers we see.

“I want to encourage students to really engage with the video, and interrogate constructively where their fees are spent.”

The university has also put together a series of frequently asked questions and a glossary of terms to help you better understand how your tuition fees are spent at DMU.


Your Fees, Your Experience was launched by DMU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard alongside Mike at an event earlier this week.

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