The University of Cranfield is proud to partner with seven other leading institutions in Midlands Innovation, a world-class research and innovation partnership in the heart of the UK. Led by the eight Vice-Chancellors, this partnership unites the power of university research with the unique strengths of Midlands industry to drive cutting-edge research, innovation and skills development.
Founded in 2012 (as the M5 partnership), Midlands Innovation’s original goal was the sharing of research equipment for improved efficiency. In 2015 the renamed partnership broadened its goals with the aim of driving cutting-edge research, innovation and skills development that can grow the high-tech, high skilled economy of the Midlands and the UK. Working collaboratively with regional, national and international partners – including the Government’s Midlands Engine for Growth – Midlands Innovation is playing a pioneering role in growing the Midlands further as a high-skilled, high-tech, globally-focused economy and improving the quality of life for communities throughout the region.
Sir Peter Gregson, Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University, said, "Combining our research expertise with other partner universities in Midlands Innovation means that we can contribute to major new initiatives regionally, nationally and internationally."