Creating Jobs

Midlands Enterprise Universities is led by the seven Vice Chancellors of our member universities, supported by their senior representatives.


Vice Chancellors Board

Professor Kathryn Mitchell DL, Chair of the MEU Vice-Chancellors Board and Vice-Chancellor, University of Derby

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Professor Philip Plowden, Vice-Chancellor, Birmingham City University


Professor John Latham CBE, Vice-Chancellor, Coventry University

Professor Katie Normington, Vice-Chancellor, De Montfort University

Professor Mary Stewart CBE, Vice-Chancellor, University of Lincoln

Professor Edward Peck ,Vice-Chancellor, Nottingham Trent University

Professor Geoff Layer, Vice Chancellor, University of Wolverhampton

Birmingham City University


bcu-logoBirmingham City University is a large, diverse and increasingly popular place to study, with over 25,500 students from 80 countries.

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 School of Jewellery was given the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize.  This was awarded in recognition of the outstanding work of the School of Jewellery in providing education for the jewellers of the future and providing its expertise in the restoration of national heritage finds, such as the Staffordshire Hoard.

The University has invested £340 million in its campuses and facilities, including a major expansion of its largest campus, situated in the heart of the UK’s second city, and a £41 million extension at the City South Campus – with specialist laboratories for its new courses in sport and life sciences.

Coventry University


coventry-logoWith a history dating back to 1843, Coventry University is a dynamic, global institution with a tradition of teaching excellence, and impactful research.  The University has campuses in Coventry, Scarborough and Dagenham in London.  Coventry University’s global presence is enhanced by more than 70 partnerships, a branch at The Knowledge Hub in Egypt, and a campus in Wroclaw, Poland.

Recognised for its student satisfaction levels and teaching quality, the University has been ranked among the top 15 UK universities for 5 years running in the Guardian University Guide and achieved a gold rating in the UK government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Through global links with leading-edge businesses and organisations, opportunity and employability are priorities for its 34,500 plus students who also benefit from state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.  The University draws students from over 150 different nations – making it one of the top ten UK universities for the size of its international population – and it operates teaching programmes abroad for over 12,000 students at 14 different locations.  The University was awarded The Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2019, in recognition of its international growth and success over the past six years.

De Montfort University

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Achieving a Gold TEF ranking in 2017 elevated De Montfort University’s (DMU’s) standing in the HE environment and highlighted the University’s drive to deliver employability and teaching that empowers.

The University delivers outstanding student support, real-world skills, a global understanding, and the transformative power of giving back to the community.  The DMU community of scholars and students, converging on campuses from more than 140 countries, is testament to DMU’s character and excellence.

DMU’s strong global identity is rooted in a commitment to the Midlands. DMU Square Mile and #DMUlocal, support and volunteering projects, are strengthened and deepened through the creative connections with the pioneering international programmes Square Mile India and #DMUglobal. In 2019, students and staff volunteered for more than 20,000 hours in the community through the projects.

DMU takes pride in creating opportunities.  Nearly four out of five of DMU’s students are the first in their families to attend university; nearly one in six has declared a disability; more than half of DMU’s undergraduates are Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME).  With the rich and enriching diversity, DMU has a reputation for transforming students from diverse, non-traditional backgrounds into successful, change-making graduates.

University of Derby


derby-logoThe University of Derby is committed to supporting a thriving modern economy, helping organisations and individuals embrace innovation, inspiring customers and delivering real impact on personal and corporate performance.

With the reputation for industry-relevant degree programmes, the University offers students unparalleled opportunities to gain professional work experience alongside their studies. The University has invested £200 million over the past ten years in some of the best university facilities in the country to give hands-on practical skills, by providing a simulated hospital and working radiography suite, multi-scene forensic training facility, commercial spa and salon, working theatre, law court and a 58 acre Outdoor Leadership Centre.

The University provides 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 valuable links to research, knowledge, expertise, talent and funding.

The University has been awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF).  The University’s responsibility as a higher education provider is to inspire students to aim high and achieve their potential. Importance is placed on being a key provider of the future workforce for the region.

University of Lincoln


lincoln-logoThe University of Lincoln has established an international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research, and its innovative approach to working with employers.

The University has around 15,500 students across its four academic colleges, covering arts, science, business and social sciences subjects with more than 300 courses available at undergraduate and postgraduate level. The University was awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Over the past two decades, the University has invested more than £350 million in its Brayford Pool Campus, with further plans to invest in additional facilities and refurbishments of existing buildings. Following the opening of the £28 million Isaac Newton Building and £19 million Sarah Swift Building, work is now underway to complete a purpose-built medical school building to help train the next generation of doctors.

Lincoln Medical School was established in 2018 with the specific aim of improving the recruitment and retention of doctors to Lincolnshire. The University’s purpose-built medical school building, to be completed in 2021, will have lecture theatres, laboratories, a clinical skills suite equipped with simulation facilities, a prosection anatomy suite, and a science library.

The University has won a string of awards for its approach to working with employers, most notably its relationship with global engineering company Siemens in developing the Lincoln School of Engineering, which was the first dedicated facility of its kind created in the UK for more than 20 years. The University also has a strong reputation for the quality of its research. Its researchers work on major international collaborations with universities around the world and established the Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health (LIIRH) to conduct research that will focus on the greatest health issues facing rural communities, both locally and globally.  The Institute is seeking to establish itself as the preeminent rural health institution worldwide.

The University’s work reflects its role as a civic university and its aspiration to become a thought leader.

Nottingham Trent University

One of the UK’s leading commercially focused universities, Nottingham Trent University (NTU), attracts 33,000 students from over 100 countries. The University won The Guardian University of the Year in 2019 and was awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Since 2003 more than £450 million has been invested in making dramatic changes over the University’s three campuses. Off campus, NTU’s new Medical Technologies Innovation Facility (MTIF) will be dedicated to the development, clinical production and commercialisation of new medical technologies. A key aim is to improve patient care by speeding up medical product development and getting innovations to market as quickly as possible – critical for patients, businesses, the NHS and regional economic growth.

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.

Nottingham Business School (NBS) has an unrivalled level of engagement with business, public and voluntary organisations and thus is known as the business school for business. It is accredited by EQUIS and AACSB, which are internationally recognised hallmarks of excellence and quality for business education. The School is one of only three UK business schools recognised as a PRME Champion, and held up as an exemplar by the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME).

NTU is also proud of the national recognition it has gained with world class research. The innovative solutions through ground-breaking research into global challenges range from meningitis to climate change and have had an enduring influence on culture and society.

University of Wolverhampton

WLV_LOGOAs 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.

There has been £250 million invested in new state-of-the-art facilities across its campuses in Wolverhampton, Walsall, Telford, Burton and Hereford.  The Springfield Campus was a £100 million project; turning a 12-acre Grade II listed former brewery into what is anticipated to become Europe’s largest specialist construction and built environment campus. It joined the University’s range of horizon-enhancing specialist teaching buildings across its campuses.

The University has been providing students with the opportunities presented by a first class education for over 180 years. With over 500 courses to choose from delivered across 18 Schools and Institutes. It 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.


MEU Secretariat

Jenny Kenning, MEU Director

Jenny oversees the collaborative work of Midlands Enterprise Universities, including the delivery of projects from inception to funding award.

Wayne Langford, MEU Director

Wayne develops the portfolio of collaborative MEU projects and strengthens relationships with key stakeholders.