Solving Real-world Challenges

We are globally connected universities with research collaborations from across the planet and multinational research staff and students.

Our 11,900 academics work in some of the best international research groups in the country, with many classified as world leading. With disciplines ranging from maths to computer science, and from ethics to linguistics, our applied research is transforming business models and identifying better ways of doing complex tasks.

Our key strength is in interdisciplinary working – our experts collaborate across disciplines to overcome challenges and uncover solutions to real-world problems.

The MEU Digital Capabilities brochure highlights case studies where our interdisciplinary research is innovating and transforming lives.


UK’s Best Breakthroughs

Our universities are at the forefront of some of the world’s most important discoveries, innovations and social initiatives.  All MEU institutions feature in the MadeAtUni UK’s Best Breakthroughs list demonstrating the impact of universities up and down the country on people, lives and communities.

Contributions made by MEU partner institutions include:


Birmingham City University – A pioneering centre for innovation

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

De Montfort University – Improving the lives of cancer patients and Building houses from plastic bottles

University of Derby – Improving our well-being through nature

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

Nottingham Trent University – Research into digital technology and gambling addiction

University of Wolverhampton – Helping to reduce student suicide


To view the full list of breakthroughs, visit


Training Tomorrow’s Researchers

We’re creating future innovators and impact for education, industry, the professions and society.  Our universities offer opportunities for MPhils, PhDs and professional doctorates, and provide support programmes which prioritise the professional development of postgraduate research students.

Our courses are distinguished by strong industrial collaborations and the diversity of our student community.

Many of our universities are involved in doctoral training partnerships, including the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded Midlands4Cities (M4C) Doctoral Training Partnership.  M4C brings together eight leading universities from across the Midlands to support the professional and personal development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers.