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Hereford university plans ‘wholly different’ engineering courses

The proposed university in Herefordshire, announced in last month’s spending review, wants to use American-style teaching to train a new generation of engineers and boost productivity in the region.

The £47-million project, known as the New Model in Technology and Engineering (NMiTE), was highlighted in chancellor George Osborne’s joint autumn statement and spending review delivered on 25 November. He has promised £18.25m of government funding for the project, on condition that the group presents a strong business case by March 2016.

The team behind NMiTE want it to take in its first cohort of 300 students in 2018. It will model its teaching style on Franklin W Olin College of Engineering near Boston in the United States. Rather than using lecture theatres, students will be taught via problem-based learning methods in seminars and labs in intensive 46-week years. The hope is that this will encourage more people to study engineering.

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