The University of Nottingham has received a grant to help its scientists work more closely with their counterparts in China.
The money has been awarded by the Biotechnology and Biological Research Council, and will be shared with four other universities. Nottingham was the first UK university to open a campus in China in 2006.
Universities across the Midlands are teaming up to provide hundreds of new postgraduate opportunities, thanks to a £14.6million grant.
Led by the University of Nottingham, six of the region's universities have joined forces to make the area a "centre of excellence" for arts and humanities.
Nottingham Trent University, the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, the University of Leicester and De Montfort University are also involved in the new consortium.
They will work closely with a number of other organisations, such as the British Museum in London, to offer exciting placement opportunities for postgraduate students as well as offering supervision and training from next year.
Doctors studying IVF at the University of Nottingham say a procedure that is widely available could improve chances of having a baby by up to twenty percent.
Dr Lukasz Polanski is part of a group of doctors carrying out a clinical trial into the effectiveness of endometrial scratching which involves damaging the lining of the womb before embryos are implanted.
A study involving a researcher from the University of Nottingham has found that a procedure called endometrial scratching can significantly improve the clinical pregnancy rate.
Results from the trial, undertaken by a team of Brazilian scientists in collaboration with Dr Nick Raine-Fenning from the University of Nottingham, shows an increase in the clinical pregnancy rate of women undergoing IVF and ICSI treatment to 49%, compared with the current average of 29%.