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Coventry Uni partners with six Midlands universities to boost economy

Published: Wednesday, 12 October 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Six Midlands universities have joined forces in an innovative partnership with Coventry University to create jobs and boost the region’s economic growth.

The partnership, called Midlands Enterprise Universities, will see Coventry join Wolverhampton, Nottingham Trent, Derby, De Montfort and Birmingham City universities in order to support jobs within the region.

The universities will work together using their skills and expertise to support businesses and key sectors that impact the region’s growth, including engineering, life sciences, carbon technologies, food and drink manufacturing and digital design.

All of the institutions will create a unique pool of skills, facilities, expertise and research, which will be made available to local authorities and business so they can create jobs, plug skills gaps and boost economic growth.

Professor John Lathan, vice-chancellor at Coventry University, said: “The creation of Midlands Enterprise Universities signals a significant development in the way higher education institutions can contribute to the regional economy.”

Maximising the potential of the area

Prime Minister Theresa May has already outlined her support for the project and set her sights on maximising the potential of the area due to its location at the heart of the country.

The universities are already responsible for contributing more than £3 billion to the region’s economy, and have strong partnerships with major organisations such as the BBC, Unipart, Experian, PepsiCo, Jaguar Land Rover and Rolls Royce.

The partnership is part of an attempt to meet the Government’s ambitions – which were announced earlier this year – to see the Midlands economy grow by £34 billion by the year 2030.

If the region matches the predicted growth rate for the UK, then an additional 300,000 jobs will be created by the end of the current parliament.

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