Midlands Innovation
FormationAugust 2012 (as M5)
May 2016 (as Midlands Innovation)
TypeConsortium of United Kingdom-based universities
Region served
English Midlands
Aston University
University of Birmingham
University of Leicester
Keele University
Loughborough University
University of Nottingham
University of Warwick
Cranfield University

Midlands Innovation is a group of eight universities in the Midlands of England. It was formed (as M5) in August 2012 by the universities of Birmingham, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick in order to boost equipment sharing between member institutions, following the success of the N8 Research Partnership.[1] In December 2012 the group, which had added Aston University, launched its online equipment sharing database.[2] In March 2015, Chancellor George Osborne announced that the Midlands Innovation universities would lead the £60 million Energy Research Accelerator project.[3] The project was re-announced in April 2016 as a £180 million project comprising the £60 million previously announced from the UK government and £120 million from the private sector.[4] The consortium was re-launched as Midlands Innovation in May 2016.[5]

See also


  1. ^ John Morgan (9 August 2012). "Midlands bloc hopes for safety in numbers as resources battle intensifies". Times Higher Education.
  2. ^ "M5 Universities launch online equipment sharing database". University of Nottingham. 14 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Budget 2015: Six Midlands universities to lead Energy Research Accelerator". Birmingham Post. 18 March 2015.
  4. ^ Lord O’Neill of Gatley and The Rt Hon George Osborne MP (26 April 2016). "Major new fund launched to drive cutting-edge research, innovation and skills across the Midlands Engine". HM Treasury. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  5. ^ David Greenaway (6 May 2016). "Midlands Innovation". University of Nottingham. Retrieved 2 April 2017.