Our strategic direction is provided by the Board of 12 Vice-Chancellors and Principals. The Board meets quarterly and is chaired on a rotational basis by one of the Vice-Chancellors.

The organisation is run on a day to day basis by an Executive Office, which delivers operational support, provides policy advice and manages relationships with key regional and national stakeholders.

Functional groups

The Board is supported by three permanent sub-groups. All of the sub-groups provide direct links to critical partners, which allows the groups to provide strategic input and advice to the Board and Executive on the challenges and opportunities within their remit; to promote the collective interest of all Universities West Midlands members by engaging with critical regional and national stakeholders; and to facilitate collaboration and partnership amongst member institutions. From time to time, the sub-groups may also deliver specific projects on behalf of the Board.

  • Our Employer and Business Engagement Group (EBEG) includes representatives from all 12 UWM universities who engage directly in the innovation landscape, working with businesses, the Local Enterprise Partnerships and national business networks. The group provides a forum for member universities to consider issues and engage with relevant bodies in relation to policies and initiatives and to develop collaborative approaches in relation to employer and business engagement, workforce development, innovation and economic regeneration.
  • The Deans of Education Group comprises the nine UWM universities involved in delivering teacher training, both directly and in partnership with Schools and Colleges across the region. The group provides a vital link with national networks and policy-influencers.
  • The Deans of Health Group comprises the nine UWM universities involved in delivering health education, working with NHS partners across the region. The group represents Universities on local and regional bodies with responsibility for the quality and commissioning of health education, including the Local Education and Training Board.

Additional task and finish groups are established on an ad hoc basis to meet specific objectives. 

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