Six universities based in the Midlands have come together in an effort to drive productivity and economic growth through improved skills, innovation and enterprise.
Collectively they have launched the project called Midlands Enterprise Universities, which consists of a partnership that will combine their research, expertise and facilities in order to increase the growth and prosperity across the region and create a Midlands Engine. They group of universities will also focus on developing the employability and entrepreneurial skills of students.
The aim of the Midlands Engine is to help boost productivity, attract inward investment, increase connectivity and build a regional tourism offer, which will hopefully provide 300,000 jobs across the Midlands over the next 15 years.
According to Nottingham Trent University vice-chancellor, professor Edward Peck, "Midlands Enterprise Universities will play a crucial role in development the talent, skills and innovation required by the Midlands Engine in order to drive growth and productivity improvement across the region".