Universities in the driving seat for enterprising Midlands Engine growth

Six Midlands’ universities have joined forces to drive productivity and economic growth through skills, innovation and enterprise.

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Vice-chancellors of Midlands Engine Universities

Six Midlands' universities have joined forces to drive productivity and economic growth through skills, innovation and enterprise.

Birmingham City University, Coventry University, Nottingham Trent University, University of Derby, University of Lincoln and the University of Wolverhampton have collectively launched Midlands Enterprise Universities – a partnership which combines their research, expertise and facilities in order to further increase growth and prosperity across the region.

The new partnership will provide the Midlands Engine with a powerful resource with which it can meet its ambitious objectives focusing on higher level skills gaps, talent pipeline needs and innovation requirements. Work will also concentrate on further developing the employability and entrepreneurship of students.

Nottingham Trent University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Edward Peck, said: "Midlands Enterprise Universities will play a crucial role in developing the talent, skills and innovation required by the Midlands Engine in order to drive growth and productivity improvement across the region and Nottingham Trent University is proud to be a part of it."

Sir John Peace, Chairman of Midlands Engine, added: "I am pleased to see this new collaboration between the region's universities which further adds to the spirit of partnership and unity being developed across the Midlands Engine region. Their aims align closely with the Midlands Engine ambitions to support sector growth, improve productivity and boost the region's economy."

Midlands Enterprise Universities will focus on boosting the Health, Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering, Transport Technologies, Creative Digital and Design and Agrifood and Drink industries – all priorities within the Midlands Engine region. Support will concentrate on:

  • improving skills through apprenticeships and work-based learning alongside existing degree programmes
  • providing a talent pipeline through work experience packages tailored to employer and student needs
  • delivering programmes of collaborative research and innovation support to address the development of new products, processes and services
  • providing commercial services support to address skills development needs and to tackle organisation issues.
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    About Midlands Enterprise Universities

    • Over 126,000 students
    • Over 15,000 employees
    • Generated over 30,000 jobs
    • Invested £161 million in facilities
    • A collective turnover of £1.34 billion
    • An economic impact of £3.18 billion

Universities in the driving seat for enterprising Midlands Engine growth

Published on 5 July 2016
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