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New leader for Midlands growth agenda

Midlands’ universities group appoints new director to drive Midlands Engine agenda

The leading research intensive universities in the Midlands have appointed their first Director to oversee the development of an HE partnership which aims to harness their combined research power and bring significant economic benefits to the Midlands Engine and rest of the UK.

Dr Helen Turner has been appointed Director of the group, which includes the universities of Aston, Birmingham, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick.

She brings significant experience to the role having spent the last seven years as Director of the Midlands Energy Consortium.

The partnership of Midlands’ universities was originally established to facilitate the sharing of expensive equipment between research intensive universities and with business.

Over the last two years the ambitions of the partnership have grown significantly and today there are a growing number of collaborations across the Midlands focused on rebalancing and driving economic recovery by combining research power and industrial strengths.

Dr Turner said: “I am delighted to have been appointed and believe the timing is right to strengthen the academic partnerships with the Midlands.  There is a wealth of existing collaboration and best practice here which we should shout about and which will help to strengthen the messaging about the capabilities and opportunities within the region and provide much needed leadership and advocacy for the Midlands Engine.”