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New engineering university outlines its curriculum

Published: Sunday, 25 September 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

The New Model in Technology & Engineering (NMiTE), a new university with a focus on practical engineering skills, has outlined its curriculum ahead of its opening in a couple of years.

The university is set to be the UK’s first ‘greenfield’ university in nearly 40 years and will be located at a purpose-built city centre campus in Hereford, with plans in place to open in September 2019.

An academic year will stretch across 46 weeks, allowing for a Masters programme in liberal engineering that will incorporate subjects that include finance, economics, management, IT, languages and marketing into the problem-solving process.

Also included within the course is a six-month work placement which will be completed within three years, rather than four and a half as it is currently.

The year will consist of around 13 three-week blocks where students will be divided into groups to work in teams of five on problem-based projects, of which the majority will come from the industry.

Change the way engineering is taught in Britain

“NMiTE will radically change the way engineering is taught in Britain to help tackle the growing shortage of graduate engineers, especially those with the broad range of additional attributes, such as analytical thinking, innovation, interpersonal and leadership skills that employers seek,” said David Sheppard, co-leader of NMiTE’s Development Team.

The university will look to recruit some of the brightest and most tenacious students for the course, as well those who can be excluded from the process, such as the many experienced engineers in the military and women, who often do not take A Levels in maths and physics.

Subjects such as economics, politics and computing will not be taught separately, however they will be included as part of the engineering projects that students are assigned.

Students that successfully graduate will not leave with a single grade, but will walk away with a portfolio of achievements from the blocks that they managed to complete.

“Our approach is focused on getting employers involved at the start and throughout so they mould the curriculum to meet the current and emerging skills industry needs.” said Prof Peter Goodhew from NMiTE’s curriculum panel.

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