M5 is a group of Midlands research-intensive universities, initially Birmingham, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick, and more recently joined by Aston, that is exploring how to boost research collaboration and improve sharing of equipment.

Equipment & Facilities

The M5 group have decided to use the award-winning equipment database software, Kit-Catalogue®, to facilitate equipment sharing between its research-intensive universities.

Developed by Loughborough University since 2008, Kit-Catalogue is now the most comprehensive and user-friendly equipment & facilities database system available and will provide the M5 group with a repository of all equipment available at each member institution for regional sharing.

Initially, the M5 catalogue will feature equipment publically available at each member institution but will soon be developed to include much more for researchers inside the group as well as external clients and small to medium industries.