NMiTE - New Model in Technology and Engineering - is an initiative backed by government, educators (including the University of Warwick) and industry, to transform engineering education in Britain. Located in Hereford, NMiTE will ultimately become the first new UK university in 40 years.
The NMiTE project is crucial to Britain’s competitive future. Engineers are key to mastering major world challenges – from sustainable food production to cybersecurity – but the UK is critically short of them.
We don’t have enough engineers; we don’t have enough women engineers; and employers tell us too many of the engineers we do have lack the right skills for the future.
NMiTE is here to change all this, and fast.
We’re going to change how engineering students are selected; we’re going to change how they learn; and we’re going to change how they graduate into employment.
In doing this we’ll be creating a new model of higher education for a new generation. And helping create a brighter future for Britain.
How NMiTE will be different
We will be changing the way engineers are selected by recruiting learners who impress through their curiosity, ingenuity and passion as much as by a set of starred grades. We’ll make engineering come alive as the creative, problem-solving and inspiringly worthwhile discipline it is via an ambitious outreach programme to schools.
We’ll change the way they learn as Elena Rodriguez-Falcon, Acting Chief Executive and Provost says, ‘you won’t come here to study engineering; you’ll come here to be an engineer.’ So our learner engineers will work collaboratively in small groups, on real-world engineering problems set by real-world organisations, mentored by real-world engineers. It’s a unique curriculum model that will enable learners to gain an MEng in three, 46-week years and will place learning-by-doing over lectures and evidence-based learning over exams.
We’ll change the way they graduate into employment. The learning experience of NMiTE is being designed to align the skills and talent of our engineers with the needs of employers. Because these needs change as technology does, we will be designing our curriculum to be flexible and based on progressive results rather than fixed exams. This will develop a love of learning which we aim to satisfy by welcoming our graduates back for reskilling throughout their working lives.