University to Boost Midlands Engine

Bondholder The University of Derby has joined forces with six other universities in a pioneering new partnership to provide an economic resource for the Midlands Engine.

The Midlands Enterprise Universities will see Derby work alongside Birmingham City University, Coventry University, De Montfort University Leicester, University of Lincoln, Nottingham Trent University and the University of Wolverhampton, to support job and wealth creation in the region. 

The institutions will pool together their skills, research , expertise and facilities, which will be made available to businesses and local authorities to create jobs, boost economic growth and plug skills gaps across the Midlands.

The partnership will use its knowledge and expertise to support businesses and sectors key to the region’s growth, including:

  • Manufacturing engineering and transport technologies
  • Creative and digital design
  • Food and drink manufacturing
  • Health and life sciences
  • Energy and low carbon technologies

Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice-Chancellor, said: 'The University of Derby is looking forward to contributing to Midlands Engine productivity and to supporting and stimulating innovation in the Midlands’ supply chains.'

We are proud to be a part of Midlands Enterprise Universities, which will bring together institutions like ours to increase productivity, and create wealth and job opportunities across the region.
— Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice-Chancellor

Martin Reeves, Chief Executive of West Midlands Combined Authority; Professor Julian Beer Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Birmingham City University; Professor John Latham, Vice-Chancellor at Coventry University; Professor Geoff Layer, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wolverhampton; Professor Mary Stuart, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice Chancellor at the University of Derby; Carol Burke, Managing Director for Unipart; Professor Nigel Wright Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at De Montfort University; Professor Edward Peck, Vice-Chancellor at Nottingham Trent University.