DMU is part of two £1.5m Community Renewal Fund projects

DMU is part of two projects worth over £1.5million awarded through the government’s Community Renewal Fund (CRF).

The £1million Leicester Accelerator will see DMU scholars and students working with their counterparts at Leicester and Loughborough Universities to help businesses on their journey to net zero.

Through audits, training and workshops, the six-month program aims to help over 40 businesses and reach over 200 people in the city.

Dr Andrew Reeves, Lecturer in Energy and Sustainability at DMU, ​​said: “This is great news for the university and a testament to our expertise and focus on sustainability. We have decades of clean energy research and experience that we are keen to share through this collaboration and we are confident it will have a positive impact on businesses in the city.”

Separately, a team of 13 DMU researchers will be part of a £500,000 program to support the city’s textiles and clothing industry led by Professor Rachel Granger.

DMU will map all textile activity in the city, from companies and dye houses to brands. The university will then work with companies to develop a plan for industry growth, providing leadership training and shifting the focus from low-cost, non-compliant products to high-quality products.

In total, Leicester has received funding for five CRF projects. The other three are Positive Communities, to help boost job prospects; the She Inspired Business Playbox to help women find work; and a community ESOL program to help improve language skills.

Leicester City Deputy Mayor for Jobs and Skills, Cllr Danny Myers, said: “These projects will deliver some truly innovative and much-needed projects across the city, which will be a key part of our work to help Leicester to reach its potential as we recover from the impact of the pandemic.”

In April, the government is due to announce funding offers from the Shared Prosperity Fund, in which a series of faculty-wide information sessions are planned to help colleagues refine their ideas and apply. If you would like to find out more, please contact Rob Ricketts, Regional Business Development Manager, at rob.ricketts@dmu.ac.uk – or your Faculty Business Manager:

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Posted on Tuesday, January 18, 2022

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