Leicester joins the M5 Group
M5 is an informal group of five Midlands research-intensive universities - Birmingham, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick – who are exploring how to boost research collaboration and improve sharing of equipment.
Each M5 university now has an effective register detailing each piece of equipment that could be shared. There is also agreement on a measure of charging for use for such equipment that is consistent and equitable across each institution. The next step is to find an easy way of sharing each other’s registers and booking time on that equipment from another institution. The five universities are confident that they can achieve this and are actively exploring tools that could make that work.
The M5 group are also beginning to exploring if they can take such equipment sharing further into jointly procuring maintenance / servicing contacts if the registers show clusters of similar equipment across the institutions that could be brought under single service contracts.