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Professor Sir David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham

“I would like to congratulate Andy Street on being elected West Midlands Mayor, a historic and significant first for the region.

"The University of Birmingham welcomes the Mayor’s commitment to accelerating inclusive economic growth, developing skills, improving transportation, and to providing the West Midlands with a strong voice nationally and internationally.

“The University has a strong track-record in working with regional partners to ensure that our research expertise and role as a major anchor institution practically supports the West Midlands. For example, we are contributing to the development of local opportunities such as the Birmingham Life Sciences Park and HS2.

“Civic engagement is at the heart of the University of Birmingham’s mission. It is in this spirit that we look forward to working closely with Andy to seize further opportunities that can deliver positive change for the West Midlands region.”