With a common aim of raising aspirations and social mobility, our universities are committed to increasing not only the numbers of young people entering higher education, but also the proportion from under-represented groups.

Together, MEU partner universities educate over 173,000 students producing entrepreneurial and job-ready graduates, 96.4% of whom are in employment or engaged in further study six months after graduating, compared to the national average of 94.6%.

We have a long history of excellence in teaching with five of our universities achieving gold TEF (Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework) awards for delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students and two silver.

We also work closely with colleges and businesses to develop innovative and flexible models for learning and improve progression routes to university, giving people better opportunities and improving quality of life.


Key activities include:

MEU Academic Credit Transfer Framework

Owing to a change in circumstance, occasionally students have to interrupt their studies, and/or move away from their current place of study. MEU has developed a framework which will allow these students to transfer more easily between our partner universities, while maintaining a verified record of achievements. The Framework is called the Midlands Credit Compass and will promote a climate which is supportive of student mobility, progression and lifelong learning

Skills Escalators

Businesses are reporting skills shortages across varying education levels. The Skills Escalators will be a unique opportunity to bring employers together with a significant number of further education and higher education partners to co-design and co-deliver courses which meet regional demand in the Midlands’ key sectors.  We are currently working on developing a pilot Skills Escalator in partnership with the Midlands Engine.

Higher Apprenticeships

Designed by industry for industry, higher and degree apprenticeships address the growing need for a modernised workforce, with an emphasis currently on digital, technical, engineering and managerial skills.

Higher and degree apprenticeships provide businesses with several benefits, including:

  • Skilled manager-level employees
  • Cost-effective training through government funding
  • Higher staff retention with clear career progression
  • A positive employer reputation
  • Knowledge exchange with academic institutions

Our universities are at the forefront of developing and delivering higher and degree apprenticeships aimed at overcoming regional skills shortages and developing new opportunities for work-based learning within the Midlands.

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