Bristol and Warwick Universities, Russell Group Universities, will be our partners. They, along with Olin College in America, will be instrumental in the success of the project.
Sir Eric Thomas, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol, said: “We are very pleased to be involved in this new venture in Hereford, drawing on our expertise in delivering high quality engineering programmes to provide advice on curriculum development and the deployment of innovative teaching methods.
“All universities have a responsibility to equip their students with the skills needed for their future lives, and we will be working with NMITE to see how these methods can be used for the benefit of their students, the engineering and technology sector, and the UK.”
Professor Pam Thomas, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (for People and Public Engagement) at the University of Warwick, said: “We are delighted to have been asked to help and advise our colleagues at NMITE on areas such as syllabus and pedagogy. We are now beginning to advise and explore with our NMITE colleagues as to how degrees could be awarded to students in the early years of its operation.
The fact that this would be the first new greenfield university in 30 years has a great deal of resonance with the experience of the University of Warwick as this very year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Warwick’s creation on a greenfield site, and our rise to become one of the UK’s top ten research-led universities.“
Dr Richard Miller, the President of the Olin College of Engineering (from Massachusetts, USA), said “Olin College of Engineering is supporting the initiative by providing consultation and advice. Olin College is a unique new institution with a national mission to change higher education in ways that have been needed for a generation. It is more than a highly selective and respected undergraduate programme in engineering—it is a kind of privately funded national laboratory for STEM education.”