Midlands Enterprise Universities is led by the Vice Chancellor of each of our seven member universities, supported by their senior representatives.
Vice Chancellors Board
Geoff Layer , is Chair of the MEU Vice-Chancellors Board
Professor Philip Plowden, Vice-Chancellor, Birmingham City University
Professor John Latham, Vice-Chancellor, Coventry University
Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice-chancellor, University of Derby
Professor Mary Stewart, Vice-Chancellor, University of Lincoln
Professor Edward Peck ,Vice-Chancellor, Nottingham Trent University
Professor Geoff Layer, Vice Chancellor, University of Wolverhampton
Incorporating a heritage that reaches as far back as 1843, Birmingham City University today focuses on practice-led, knowledge-based learning, providing students with access to cutting-edge facilities and real-world experience. Students are placed at the heart of everything the University does, giving them the best opportunities for future success.
Birmingham City University is the largest producer of creative professionals outside the South East, with an internationally renowned provision that includes both a specialist music conservatoire and drama school, as well as Europe’s largest jewellery school.
The University is investing £260 million in its facilities, including a major expansion of its largest campus, situated in the heart of the UK’s second city. It is also a major player in the regeneration of the long-neglected Eastside region of the city.
With a history dating back to 1843, Coventry University is a provider of innovative teaching and learning with a focus on impactful research. Through global links with leading-edge businesses and organisations, opportunity and employability are priorities for its 26,000 plus students who also benefit from state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. Student satisfaction levels and teaching quality at Coventry have been rated amongst the best in the UK in recent years, leading to impressive rises in university league tables.
Coventry is confident in its mission, in itself and in its consistent execution and delivery of objectives, with partnership-driven approach, which is entrepreneurial and sustainable – both financially and operationally.
The University of Derby is committed to supporting a thriving modern economy, helping organisations and individuals embrace innovation, inspire customers and deliver real impact on personal and corporate performance.
We provide a dynamic approach to innovation and skills development that can deliver benefits to businesses at all levels from local firms to multinationals through the creation of long term strategic partnerships and the valuable links we can offer to research, knowledge, expertise, talent and funding.
Our responsibility as a Higher Education Provider is to inspire our students to aim high and achieve their potential and we see the importance of ensuring that we are a key provider of the future workforce for the region.
We believe by strengthening our links with local business and industry that a collaborative working approach will deliver a positive impact not only across the region but at national and international levels.
We have some of the most satisfied students in the UK, ranked number 11th for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2016.
Our diverse cohort represents more than 100 nationalities, all of whom have a direct say in their education through the University’s pioneering ‘Student as Producer’ initiative. Close links with leading businesses provide students with the tools to achieve their career aspirations, while engaging in world-leading research with academics at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
The medieval city of Lincoln provides a stunning backdrop for the modern city centre-based campus, which provides award-winning facilities for students and staff to drive forward the goals of rigorous academic research and teaching excellence. On top of the £200 million already invested in the campus, a further £130 million will see new buildings and facilities developed over the next few years.
One of the UK’s leading commercially focused universities, Nottingham Trent University (NTU) attracts 28,000 students, from over 100 countries. Over the past ten years more than £350 million has been invested in making dramatic changes over the University’s three campuses.
The University’s work with businesses is results driven and pragmatic. Bringing together the latest research with best practice from the world of business, the University offers the academic expertise and technical facilities to put businesses ahead of the game. NTU also has a strong reputation for student and graduate placements and recruitment, producing work-ready graduates to meet the needs of employers.
World-class research has earned NTU a Queen’s Anniversary Prize, the highest form of national recognition open to a UK academic or vocational institution. Pioneering projects to improve the safety and security of citizens led to the prestigious award.
As the University of Opportunity, Wolverhampton is committed to leading the regeneration of the West Midlands region, generating inward investment and engaging with business and industry. The University’s research has a real impact on society – whether investigating new treatments for cancer, studying the physical or psychological challenges involved in sporting success or looking at the issues surrounding organ donation.
With a £250 million investment in new state-of-the-art facilities across its campuses in Wolverhampton, Walsall, Telford, Burton and Hereford, the University also has a global outlook, seeking out new opportunities for students, staff and graduates internationally, creating opportunities to access higher education and helping to develop the skills agenda.
Jenny Kenning, MEU Director
Jenny oversees the collaborative work of Midlands Enterprise Universities, including the delivery of projects from inception to funding award.
Rebecca Harding, Executive Administrator
Rebecca provides administrative support to the Director and the wider partnership.