George Osborne’s autumn statement and spending review contained the news we have all been working towards – Government support will be provided to secure launch funding to create NMiTE.
A new university here in Herefordshire, focussing on engineering, is closer than it has ever been. Subject to relevant approvals, the New Model in Technology and Engineering (NMiTE) will become a reality and open its doors to receive its first students in 2018.
The Chancellor said: “I hope this will allow the institution to start teaching the engineering students of the future that our country needs before the end of the Parliament.”
This is a tremendous vote of confidence and has given all those involved in the project a real lift. We are deeply encouraged by The Chancellor’s commitment to support what will be the first purpose-built, not for profit, ‘greenfield’ university in the UK for more than 40 years. It will also help us to secure matched corporate and philanthropic funding.
Commenting on the news, MP Jesse Norman said: “As you know, I believe this could be the most important single development for Herefordshire since the building of Hereford Cathedral.”
Now the hard work really begins! We will deliver a university in Hereford!