NMITE in Hereford has reported a record intake of 55 students for its September 2023 cohort, doubling its numbers since opening in 2021. The unique institute aims to get engineers into the workplace sooner and with less debt, offering the UK's only accelerated MEng degree.

James Newby, CEO at NMITE, is elated at the turnout: "We are thrilled with the number of students that have joined us this September. It’s testament to the hard work of the entire NMITE team, and that of our students, in raising awareness that we are a unique and innovative higher education institution."

Among the newcomers is Eira Mckillen from Cardiff, who said, "NMITE is a humble but ambitious place, brimming with friendly faces and new horizons. I am also delighted to be studying in Hereford."

The institute has also released statistics about its student body. Nearly half live within 45 miles of the campus, more than a fifth have entered through a Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning route, and two-thirds lack a Level 3 Maths qualification. The median age of students is 20.

NMITE's unique approach to education includes degrees that allow students to study from 9am to 5pm, 46 weeks per year, on projects set by industrial and community partners. This model aims to make graduates career-ready while removing barriers to entry like the Level 3 Maths prerequisite.

James Newby added, "We are proud to be leaning into a levelling up agenda and providing a STEM-based higher education route that allows talented young people with disparate backgrounds and experiences to stay in the region."