About Midlands Innovation


A world-class university research and innovation partnership, pooling the collective excellence of universities in the Midlands to power growth across the region.


The Midlands Innovation ambition

Our ambition is to drive cutting-edge research, innovation and skills development that will grow the high-tech, high skilled economy of the Midlands and the UK.

Our aim is to build global hubs of research and innovation excellence, addressing topics where we can add value; from engineering and transportation, to medical science and the humanities.

We will achieve our ambition by exploiting the unique strengths and building on the rich history of collaboration of eight leading Universities across the Midlands: Aston, Birmingham, Cranfield, Keele, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick.

Individually we are strong, with world-class research, creativity and skills development.

Together we are stronger, playing a significant role in stimulating economic growth across the region and beyond.


Building on the unique strengths of the Midlands

The Midlands is at the heart of the UK, with a population of more than 11 million creating £222 billion Gross Value Added – more than 14% of the total for the UK. It is also a high-export economy, with exports worth more than any other region in the UK – £49 billion annually, 17% of the UK total.

The region is at the heart of UK manufacturing and advanced engineering, accounting for 20% of UK manufacturing output through world leading business and industry like Alstom, Bombardier, Jaguar Land Rover, JCB, National Grid, Rolls-Royce, Tarmac and Toyota UK.

The unique expertise in the region spans global high-value sectors; from world-class automotive and aerospace engineering, to renewable energy, medical and agricultural technologies and beyond. It also has real pedigree in the arts, from the heritage of Shakespeare to world-leading cultural centres such as the Leicester Curve, Midlands Arts Centre, Nottingham Playhouse and Warwick Arts Centre.

Midlands Innovation is a partnership to build on these strengths, helping drive an engine for growth in the region.


Powering the Midlands Engine for Growth

The Midlands has the potential to deliver so much more. The challenge is to build on regional successes, become more efficient, attract more investment and power a real engine for growth in the region that will deliver a strong, sustainable and high-value economy long in to the future.

Through the Midlands Engine for Growth, the Government aims to raise the long-term growth rate of the region, create hundreds of thousands of new jobs and add £34 billion to its economy by 2030.

Universities play a critical role in this Engine for Growth – developing essential skills, stimulating ideas through research and innovation, and helping translate this into new technologies and products.

Midlands Innovation is a partnership to help drive this vision. Working collaboratively with regional, national and international partners, we will play a pioneering role in growing the Midlands further as a high-skilled, high-tech, globally-focused economy and improving the quality of life for communities throughout the region.