NMITE – Engineering A Future At Skylon Park

NMITE is fast becoming an exemplar in engineering education – backed with more than £9m of funding support via the Marches LEP.

Offering a radical change to traditional engineering education, New Model Institute of Technology and Engineering (NMITE) is a trail-blazing university project with a campus based at the LEP’s Enterprise Zone, Skylon Park in Hereford.  

NMITE is aiming to address the shortage of skilled graduate engineers in the region across the advanced manufacturing, agri-engineering, data, defence, resources security, and sustainable/smart living technology sectors. 

Initial funding of £2.34m supported the transformation of the former Robert Owen Academy in Blackfriars Street, now known as Blackfriars, for future students to learn practical engineering skills. 

Construction work also began in 2021 with a £7m project to develop the Skylon Park Campus, funded by the Marches LEP through the Getting Building Fund and Local Growth Fund. 

The building opened its doors in autumn 2022 and is home to the Centre of Advanced Timber Technology (CATT) and Centre for Automated Manufacturing (CAM). 

The new campus aims to progress the UK’s sustainability agenda by delivering skills in both low-carbon construction and resource and energy-efficient manufacturing. It will be implemented as a Living Lab, where the building functions as a collaborative teaching tool.  

Using advanced digital technology, including specialised CAD software, the campus ill be become part of a wider ecosystem of built environment projects, facilitating knowledge exchange and an active engagement with industry.  

The funding provided by the Marches LEP via its Growth Deal will see the creation of 2,500m² of new learning space to support 200 new learners with short courses, under- and post-graduate courses and degree apprenticeships.  

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