DSU named in the top 10 students' unions in the UK

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De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU) has been named in the top 10 students’ unions in the UK by an influential national survey – leaping up an astonishing 21 places from just 12 months ago.

Thousands of final-year students at De Montfort University (DMU) responded to the National Student Survey (NSS) earlier this year, giving DSU an overall student satisfaction score of 68% – compared to a sector average of 57%.

EU students (from outside of the UK) are most satisfied with DSU with a score of 75%, while on a course level Midwifery, Business Studies and Human Resource Management students ranked DSU highest on the all-important ‘question 26’ about how your students’ union academically represents you during your time at university.

Students praised DSU's volunteering opportunities – for which we were awarded the prestigious Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard in February 2017.

Ahtesham Mahmood, President of DSU, said: “During my six years – so far – at DMU, I have seen the students’ union make a conscious effort year on year to be the organisation that makes a difference to the student body.

“While we know we have consistently developed to be one of the best students’ unions in the country, it’s a huge boost to be recognised by a survey as significant as the NSS.

“A huge part of why this is the case is due to the opportunities that are available for our students to be truly influential during their time at DMU – whether that be at a course level, school level or even higher still – to make sure we are all working together to best represent your academic interests.

“But our work doesn’t stop here. We’ll be taking feedback from the survey on board to identify areas where we can do better, to make sure we make it to where we know we should be; the best students’ union in the UK.”

Anonymous student responses to the survey praised DSU’s volunteering opportunities and the variety of our more than 100 societies, and that ‘the students’ union makes me feel as though I have a group of people dedicated to making my time at DMU a lot more hassle-free’.

Former President of DSU, Dan Winney, opened our refurbished Campus Centre building alongside Premier League champion Christian Fuchs in January 2017.

Other replies celebrated our brand-new home in #YourNewDSU after a £3million investment from the university, as well as the ‘amount and level of help’ students receive from our free, confidential and independent Advice service.

Elgan Hughes, Head of Membership Services, headed DSU’s NSS campaign in 2016/17 and explained: “We’re massively grateful to the almost 3,000 DMU students who completed the survey earlier this year, and are proud that we have not only beaten the industry standard once again, but leaped from eight to almost 11 percentage points above the sector average.

“With a top three made up of the University of West London, Loughborough University and University of Keele students’ unions, we’re in respected company in the top 10, and it is fantastic that we have jumped up 21 places.”

You can find out more about what we did in 2016/17 here, and read more about how the university also outperformed the sector average in the NSS here.

DSU jumped from being ranked 31 in 2016 to now entering the top 10 students' unions in the UK in 2017.



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