About the partnership
A long history
The universities of Birmingham and Nottingham have a long history of collaboration, particularly in research. In 2011 the universities formalised the partnership by signing a landmark collaboration agreement signalling a distinctive approach to enhance the success of both institutions. It provided a framework to work together to enhance research and education, strengthen reputations and impact, ensure that the benefits of our activities are felt widely, and improve the experience and opportunities for staff and students.
Professor Sir David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, and Professor Sir David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham between 2008 and 2017, reflect on the first five years of working in partnership.
A suite of collaborations
Universities are by nature collaborative, and Birmingham and Nottingham will continue to work with the best institutions regionally, nationally, and globally. The Partnership was built on a number of existing collaborations that include other institutions, such as the Midlands Physics Alliance, The Manufacturing Technology Centre and the Midlands Energy Consortium. The two institutions also continue to play an important role in the Midlands regional alliance Midlands Innovation.
A distinctive partnership
What makes the Birmingham-Nottingham partnership distinctive is the depth of commitment and scope for staff to work together. This includes in education, learning and teaching and professional services, as well as a sustained approach to research collaborations.