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Observatory

Latest data and research for our region

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The Midlands Engine Observatory is an alliance of leading academic researchers and economic and industry experts, working together to deliver the regionally focused research and analysis our partners need to inform decision making and policy creation, for every part of the Midlands.

The only pan-regional Observatory in England, it ensures that we are evidence led and that we have a deep understanding of the issues impacting the Midlands.

The Observatory is funded by the Midlands Engine and our partners – in particular, our academic partners who co-invest in all the research we produce together. Experts are drawn from the Midlands’ own universities, partner institutions and private sector organisations, maximising the vast knowledge potential of our region.

Work is overseen and guided by a Programme Board, which in turn reports to the Operating Board of the Midlands Engine, ensuring partnership decision-making is underpinned by contemporary data and emerging evidence. The work of our Observatory continues to grow in breadth and significance; a critical driver of the pan-regional work we undertake, together.

State of the Region 2023
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State of the Region Report 2023
The Midlands Engine Observatory’s State of the Region 2023 Report

The latest evidence-based reflection of how the Midlands has performed over the past calendar year is now available.

This year’s report details our region’s main opportunities for growth across our 5 key sectors – Green Growth, advanced manufacturing, food & agri-tech, med-tech &  life sciences and new market opportunities.

The State of the Region is available in the following forms:

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Midlands Engine Intelligence Hub
Instant access to contemporary data and insights

The Midlands Engine Intelligence Hub provides a single, interactive portal for a wealth of up-to-the-minute pan-regional data, research and expert insights. This unique tool can help to inform decision-making around key investments and policy formulation for economic and social benefit in the Midlands.

Key features of the Intelligence Hub include: new live and interactive data and power BI dashboards, spatial visualisations, intelligence briefings, insight pieces from regional experts, and commissioned deep-dive research.

Read the latest reports from the Observatory
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Observatory Action Plan

The Midlands Engine Observatory Action Plan sets out our collective actions and aims to support our region through data, research, and insight. 

As we work towards delivering the Levelling Up agenda, reliable metrics and insight become more important than ever. The Plan gives us the goals and direction we need as a region to understand Midlands-specific challenges and opportunities in terms of economic growth, to quantify our impact in collaboration and to inform advocacy for further investment where it’s needed most.

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Midlands Engine Research Partnership

The Midlands Engine Research Partnership provides a forum for universities from across the Midlands to scope areas of research needed by the Midlands Engine, steer research, collaborate, secure external funding for projects and contribute to key policy reviews and strategy formulation for the Midlands Engine.

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Midlands Engine Intelligence Community

The Midlands Engine Intelligence Community (MEIC) is a forum for our valued partners to discuss and contribute to the work of the Observatory, hear updates on key research activities and share data and best practice.

If you are a data owner or engage with research and intelligence linked to any aspect of the Midlands economy, we would welcome your input to help shape the work of the Observatory and accelerate our work to grow our regional economy.

Latest News

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Green Growth

Apr 11 2024

Over £70 million investment will allow the University of Nottingham to power future transport to net zero

The University of Nottingham has secured more than £70 million to establish new world-leading and open-access research facilities and programmes that will decarbonise future transport.

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Green Growth

Apr 8 2024

MI partners secure major investment to train the next generation of researchers

Eight Centres of Doctoral Training (CDT’s) from across the Midlands Innovation (MI) partnership have received over £100m in funding to train the researchers of tomorrow in topics of national importance.

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Robot is working in greenhouse with tomatoes. Midlands agri-tech and smart farming 4.0

Food & Agri-tech

Apr 4 2024

UK Food Valley to host events to support Lincolnshire agri-food businesses applying for funding

The UK Food Valley is hosting a webinar followed by a live event to inform Greater Lincolnshire agriculture, food and drink businesses and academics on the opportunities for Eastern England Launchpad funding.

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