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7th October 2016, 2:30pm
Lincoln among seven universities joining forces to power up Midlands Engine
Lincoln engineering students The University of Lincoln, UK, was among seven Midlands universities which officially joined forces this week in a pioneering new partnership to provide a powerful economic resource for the Midlands Engine.

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

The consortium formally launched at Birmingham City University on Tuesday 4th October 2016 at an event with key business leaders, academics and local authority members.

The partnership brings the institutions together to create a unique pool of 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 East and West Midlands.

Prime Minister Theresa May, who is in Birmingham this week for the Conservative Party Conference, has already pledged her support for the Midlands Engine, setting her sights on maximising the benefits of the regionís location at the heart of the country.

Midlands Enterprise Universities will use its knowledge and expertise to support businesses and sectors key to the regionís growth.

Professor Mary Stuart, Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, said: ďLincoln and Lincolnshire are key components in the Midlands Engine, and as a University we are committed to driving economic growth in our region through education, innovation and investment.
ďWe are proud to be a member of this new partnership, Midlands Enterprise Universities, which connects universities spanning east to west across the heart of England. We look forward to applying our own award-winning approach to industry engagement as part of MEUís collective effort, which is so important to the economic, social and cultural well-being of our communities, alongside the work we are already doing to support our Local Enterprise Partnership to achieve its local ambitions.Ē

The MEU universities collectively contribute more than £3 billion to the regionís economy and already work with many major organisations such as Siemens, Rolls Royce, Jaguar Land Rover, PepsiCo, UNIPART and the BBC. They are working closely with their supply chain companies and also deliver focused support to many local small and medium sized businesses.

The consortium is also working with the Midlands Engine to develop collective plans to improve the regionís economy. These include how to develop integrated routes for developing talent in the manufacturing and engineering sector, as well as how to provide a full package of business support to smaller organisations and start-ups with growth potential.

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