MEU’s Members Make Best Breakthroughs List


All six of the Midlands Enterprise Universities partner institutions have been included in a list of the UK’s best breakthroughs.

The list has been compiled by Universities UK as part of its MadeAtUni campaign to demonstrate the impact of universities up and down the country on people, lives and communities.

From MRI scans to the creation of penicillin, it highlights how many of the things we take for granted originated from British higher education institutions.

Jenny Kenning, MEU Director, welcomed the campaign: “The impact universities have on society is often understated, so it’s fantastic to see it highlighted in such a positive way.

“We should be incredibly proud of our higher education institutions. They play a critical role within communities and many of them are hotbeds for innovation, ideas and development.

“Collectively, they are world-leaders in research, innovation, science and much more. Many of the items on the list have not only impacted our own society, but also those around the world.

“All of our partner institutions are conducting trailblazing work in their respective fields so it’s great to see that they’ve all made the list. They have a wide range of experience and expertise which is helping increase productivity and growth in the Midlands.”

Contributions made by MEU partner institutions

Birmingham City University – A pioneering centre for innovation

The university’s STEAMhouse brings together small companies, artists and academics, and encourages them to work together on new projects that boost the region’s workforce and supports the local economy.

Coventry University – Support for people living with long-term health conditions

The Help to Overcome Problems Effectively (HOPE) initiative has been created to support people living with and affected by long term conditions including cancer, dementia, autism and multiple sclerosis.

HOPE was developed by two leading health experts at Coventry University and has seen the university team up with Macmillan Cancer Support to help people following their cancer treatment.

University of Derby – Improving our well-being through nature

The University of Derby’s Nature Connectedness Research Group, led by Miles Richardson, Professor of Human Factors and Nature Connectedness, was the first in the country to focus on people’s sense of their relationship with the natural world, and how this can influence their wellbeing and conservation behaviours.

University of Lincoln – Relieving the pressures on the NHS through better training

Working with frontline staff within the ambulance service, Professor Niro Siriwardena has been helping to improve pre-hospital care for patients in need of emergency care following a fall, stroke, hypoglycaemia or epileptic episode, or those experiencing significant pain.

Call handlers are now able to better identify those having a cardiac arrest or at risk of imminent cardiac arrest.

Nottingham Trent University – Research into digital technology and gambling addiction

Mark Griffiths, Distinguished Professor of Behavioural Addiction at Nottingham Trent University, is conducting important research into technology addiction.

His NTU team are exploring the underlying factors that contribute to some people – and not others – developing psychological and behavioural dependencies in relation to gaming, gambling, social media and the internet.

University of Wolverhampton – Helping to reduce student suicide

Three Minutes to Save a Life is a pioneering programme dedicated to tackling the issue of suicide, self-harm and emotional resilience.

More than 800 staff and students at the university have been trained to recognise early warning signs in at-risk students and how they can escalate concerns proportionately and compassionately. Eventually, all staff at the university will be trained to the same standard.

To view the full list of breakthroughs, visit here: