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M5 Universities launch online equipment sharing database

   
   
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14 Dec 2012 10:15:00.000

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The M5 group of Midlands research-intensive universities have launched a new website which includes a searchable database detailing each piece of equipment that can be shared across all M5 universities.

The M5 Group of universities – Nottingham, Birmingham, Leicester, Loughborough, Warwick and Aston – was established to boost research collaboration and improve sharing of equipment.

The group are developing the tools needed to make such sharing work in future and hope this will lead to increased efficiencies in terms of use of expensive equipment.

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The new searchable online database includes details of the equipment that can be shared, its location and contact details for more information and to make bookings.

The website is accessible here.

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.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise.

The University aims to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health.

The University won a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2011, for its research into global food security.

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham, described by The Sunday Times University Guide 2011 as ‘the embodiment of the modern international university’, has 40,000 students at award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and the QS World University Rankings. It was named ‘the world’s greenest university’ in the UI GreenMetric World University Ranking 2011.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. The University’s vision is to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health. The University won a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2011, for its research into global food security.

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More information is available from Tim Utton, Deputy Director, Communications, University of Nottingham on +44 (0)115 846 8092.
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Email: tim.utton@nottingham.ac.uk Phone: +44 (0)115 846 8092 Location: University Park

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