Newsletter – February 2024

Newsletter - February 2024

Midlands Mindforge announces Board

Industry and investment leaders and MI partner representatives join the Board of Midlands Mindforge as Non-Executive Directors. Established by MI partners, Midlands Mindforge is a patient capital investment company for university spinouts and other early-stage IP-rich businesses in the region. Read more

Midlands Mindforge Appoints Industry Experts to Scientific Advisory Council

ERA calls for Net-Zero Delivery Unit

The Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) has launched a Policy Commission: ‘Assessing the Case for Public Ownership in the Energy Sector’. Launched in Parliament, the report makes a number of recommendations including the need for a dedicated delivery unit at the top of Government. Read more

Newsletter - February 2024

Leading scientists to advise Midlands Mindforge

Scientific and Industry experts from across the MI partnership are to join the Midlands Mindforge Scientific Advisory Council. Together they will play a significant role in helping Mindforge to invest in the region’s top potential growth companies of tomorrow. Read more

Newsletter - February 2024

Campaign to attract creative and digital sector investment

Midlands universities and the Midlands Engine Partnership launch their latest sector-focused prospectus as part of a campaign to attract global R&D investment. The prospectus was launched by Professor Christopher Smith, International Champion for UKRI, and Professor Tom Crick of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Read more

Newsletter - February 2024


  • Three MI partners secure £31m of Research England funding. The E3 awards to Aston, Leicester and Cranfield University will help build research capacity and support a skills pipeline for the benefit of local economies, society, and cultures. Read more 
  • Help for universities wanting to host T Level industry placements. The UK Institute for Technical Skills and Strategy (ITSS) is surveying universities to find out what support they would need to host T Level industry placements in Science, Engineering & Manufacturing and Digital services. Read more and complete the survey
  • Labour leader sees University of Warwick’s industrial impact. Sir Keir Starmer visited WMG at the University of Warwick to meet researchers, technicians, and students at one of the world’s leading centres for industrial innovation and skills. Read more
  • MI Health partners collaborate to tackle health inequalities in Leicestershire. The Universities of Leicester, Nottingham and Loughborough are working in partnership with other organisations to undertake research to address health inequalities in the county. Read more
  • Scientists reveal how predatory bacteria recognises prey. Researchers from the Universities of Birmingham and Nottingham worked together to solve this decades-old mystery. Read more
  • Tackling the challenges of land use transformation for Net Zero in a new hub. Co-led by the University of Leicester and involving Cranfield University, a new hub is aiming to help address land use and agriculture as a major greenhouse gas emitting sector. Read more


  • Universities opting out of HESA data submission for technical staff is a problem, especially given the UK’s science superpower ambitions. In a blog for WonkHE, Professor Andy Noyes of the University of Nottingham also highlights the work of the TALENT Commission and ITSS. Read more
  • Unleashing the regional innovation potential of universities. The University of Birmingham’s City-REDI Team have written a series of blogs exploring the role of universities in regional development. Read more


  • Creating a hydrogen superpower in the East Midlands 12th February, 8:30am – 10am Loughborough University, together with regional partners, is hosting a breakfast networking event for public and private sector organisations with an interest in shaping the future hydrogen economy. View and book (Registration deadline: 9th February)
  • Supporting health-tech innovation: The Importance of a Quality Management System (QMS) 13th February, 3pm – 4pm Academics, researchers, scientists and entrepeneurs interested in therapeutics, medical device and diagnostic development, are invited to join SPARK The Midlands and Aston University for this online or in-person talk. Location: John Cadbury House, Birmingham Click on the links to join in-person or online
  • Making a difference: Using Data to Improve Care 29th February, 1pm – 4pm Sponsored by MI Health, join this HDR UK Midlands and Health Innovation East Midlands insight-sharing webinar. View and book
  • Midlands Innovation Flow Cytometry Meeting 2024 9th April, 9am – 4:30pm A conference for academics, technicians and local biotech and instrument manufacturers to discuss all things flow cytometry. Come along to learn about the technology, hear the latest news in the field, or to present research. Venue: Stamford Court, University of Leicester View and book


  • Aston University. AI project aims to make international health data sharing easier. Read more
  • University of Birmingham. Researchers unveil new way to counter mobile phone ‘account takeover’ attacks. Read more
  • Cranfield University. Revolutionising manufacturing in space. Read more
  • Keele University. New research examining brain activity in babies born with hearing loss. Read more
  • University of Leicester. Empathy-led healthcare is a crucial element for ensuring patient satisfaction, says study. Read more
  • Loughborough University expertise central to UK fruit production improvements.Read more
  • University of Nottingham. Study to decarbonise East Midlands Airport “takes off”. Read more
  • University of Warwick. AI tool developed to help grade cancer based on cell divisions. Read more

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