Transforming Lives

  • Enabling Innovation

    Enabling Innovation is a three year collaborative programme involving Nottingham Trent University, and University of Derby, which will provide support to over 2,000 local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) over three years. Focusing on ‘enabling technologies’, it aims to stimulate an innovation ecosystem designed to commercialise cutting edge R&D, support product and process innovation within SMEs and drive innovation through supply chains.

    For more information visit https://enablinginnovation.org.uk/

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  • The Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise Network (KEEN)

    The Knowledge Exchange & Enterprise Network (KEEN) helps West Midlands based organisations increase profitability and growth through working with a regional university.

    KEEN is a collaboration between Birmingham City University, Coventry University and University of Wolverhampton. The project works by putting a recent graduate into an organisation to work on a strategic growth project, with ongoing support from experienced university experts. Companies benefit from part funding by the European Regional Development Fund, allowing them to recruit talented graduates and access cutting edge university knowledge throughout the duration of the project.

    For more information visit http://wmkeen.org.uk/

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  • Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

    Midlands Enterprise Universities members are leaders in the development and delivery of Higher and Degree Apprenticeships. Our universities have been successful in winning funds from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, for development of new Degree Apprenticeships, in areas including Food Manufacturing, electronic engineering and management. MEU will build on this success to develop more apprenticeships aligned to Midlands Engine priorities, and work with Further Education Colleges to support progression to Higher and degree apprenticeships.

    For more information, contact us at info@meu.ac.uk

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  • The Skills Engine

    The Skills Engine is a collaborative initiative led by Birmingham City University, bringing together education institutions and private skills providers across the region in a dynamic, distributed partnership with employers, enterprise agencies and government. The Skills Engine is an ecosystem that enables learners to gain the competencies to meet real employer requirements, through a responsive physical and virtual infrastructure. The model will provide tailored pathways of learning to address the problem of the skills gap between school / college / university leavers and employer requirements in the Midlands.

    For further information contact Joanna.birch@bcu.ac.uk

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  • Student and Graduate Enterprise

    All our member Universities are committed to developing entrepreneurship and supporting enterprise. Last year alone, we supported the creation of 454 graduate start-ups, through ERDF programmes such as SPEED Plus, and Enterprise Inc. Support includes incubator space (in centres such as The Hive, at Nottingham Trent University and Sparkhouse at the University of Lincoln) courses, workshops and specially designed programmes to develop entrepreneurial skills and business acumen. We are working together to further strengthen our services.

    For more information contact us info@meu.ac.uk

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