Midlands Innovation Partner Universities

University Partners

Aston University

Aston University has a history of leading the way. We have evolved over the last 120 years to become a research-led university known for world-class teaching quality. Aston focuses on high quality, exploitable research that has an impact on society through medical breakthroughs, advancements in engineering, policy and practice in government, and the strategies and performance of business.

University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham has been challenging and developing great minds for more than a century. Our research has broken new ground, pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge and made a lasting impact. Capitalising on our multi- and inter-disciplinary strengths, our research is creating innovative and enduring solutions to complex global challenges. From advanced manufacturing, transport and energy, to life sciences, security, and global ethics, we are the forefront of research and innovation.

Cranfield University

Cranfield University is a world-leading postgraduate university, focused on technology and management. We are home to many world-class, large-scale facilities and the distinctive nature of our work has been recognised through numerous prizes and awards, including the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize. 

Keele University

Keele University was founded to meet the demands of a new kind of society, economy and world. In the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise, 97% of the University’s research was recognised as of an international standard. In 2017 the University became the Times and Sunday Times University of the Year for Student Experience and ranked 1st in the National Student Survey in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Keele is home to one of the largest science parks of its kind and set to be the first at scale UK site for smart energy network technology. Economic impact - £215m per year and 4,460 jobs across the West Midlands.

University of Leicester

The University of Leicester is an international centre for excellence renowned for research. Ranked in the top one per cent of global universities and a top 25 university in the TES Research Power rankings, 75 per cent of our research is judged internationally excellent. Our research cuts across multiple disciplines in engineering, medicine, biological sciences, psychology and social sciences, arts and humanities, with wide-ranging impacts on society, health, culture and the environment.

Loughborough University

Loughborough University has an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry and unrivalled achievement in sport and its academic disciplines. Ranked in the top ten in England for research intensity, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of its contribution to the sector. Awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, it is among the best universities in the world.

University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham has a long history of delivering world-class research. Ranked 8th in the UK on research power, more than 97 per cent of our research is recognised as international standard, with wide-ranging impact on society, the economy, health and welfare, culture, public policy and the environment. By grouping our research around five global themes, we can use creative interdisciplinary approaches to deliver research excellence on a global scale.

University of Warwick

The University of Warwick is a world-leading university with a dynamic, enterprising approach to solving global challenges. It has earned a reputation for independent thinking and academic excellence. Warwick is ranked 7th in the UK Research Excellence Framework and was The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year in 2014. It has an excellent track record of working alongside business regionally and internationally to connect research, innovation and economic growth and seeks to provide a tireless yet supportive environment to enable all in its community to make an impact.

Other Partners

Minerva Business Angel Network

The Minerva Business Angel Network was established in 1994 to provide access to investment for emerging technology businesses. It is one of the UK’s largest traditional angel investor networks, with nine investment groups around the UK, including groups in London, the Midlands and North West and is growing all the time.

MICRA is funded by Research England

Research England

The Higher Education and Research Act 2017 established Research England as a Council of UK Research and Innovation and alongside the other existing Councils (the seven Research Councils and Innovate UK).Research England is responsible for funding, engaging with and understanding English higher education institutions (HEIs). As autonomous and diverse organisations, HEIs play a distinctive role in the research and innovation system, justifying a Council which challenges them to deliver to national agendas and supports them in achieving that. The diversity of individual university strategies, shaped by their many partners, will complement the level of strategic direction provided by UK Research and Innovation.Research England is formed of the Research and Knowledge Exchange functions of the former HEFCE. This includes oversight of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF).

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