The official unveiling of an ‘Ingenuity Studio’ inside a repurposed shipping container outside Hereford’s Shirehall attracted representatives from schools, colleges and the community, intrigued to find out more about its role in engaging people with Hereford’s pioneering future engineering university, New Model in Technology and Engineering (NMiTE).
Launching Ingenuity Studio, Professor Elena Rodriguez-Falcon, Provost and newly appointed Chief Executive for NMiTE, said: “Our converted shipping container, Studio 1, is a place where people can think outside the box, inside the box!”
Cllr Jonathan Lester, Leader of Herefordshire Council attended and addressed the launch and then was shown around Studio 1 by some of NMiTE’s young co-creators, members of its Design Cohort.
The repurposed container is the first manifestation of NMiTE’s exciting new engagement programme, Ingenuity Studio. It will tour the region, within a 40-mile radius of Hereford, visiting schools, colleges, sports centres and arts centres as well as key events like Hay Festival and the Three Counties Show.
The Ingenuity Studio initiative is wholly supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation and its purpose is to engage people with NMiTE and with engineering.
“It’s a space which reflects our mission, our learning spaces and our new approach to learning. Most of all it’s a space where we want young people to understand what being an engineer can be,” said Professor Rodriguez-Falcon.
“We all experience something in our daily life that could do with modifying, improving, redesigning, reengineering. We want young people to feel engaged with the world around them, to be able to identify how improvements can be made, to harness technology to make things better. And we want them to brainstorm, to collaborate in teams, to design together.”
Guests at the launch were invited to explore Studio 1, which is equipped with all sorts of kit to support idea generation, including high-tech 3D scanners, 3D printers, laser cutters and digital routers. They were shown around by the 25 members of NMiTE’s Design Cohort, a group of student-age co-creators who are helping to develop the future university.
Find out more about NMiTE’s Ingenuity Studio programme at www.nmite-ingenuitystudio.org
Britain has an estimated annual shortfall of at least 22,000 engineering graduates[i] and closing this gap is essential if the country is to have the high-value skills needed for a successful modern economy. NMiTE is being created to help solve this problem with a radical new approach and a curriculum that combines the best innovations from leading universities around the world.
Subject to validation, NMiTE will open its doors to a Pioneer Cohort in September 2019. By 2020, it’s expected that a minimum of 250 students will be based at a purpose-built city centre campus in Hereford from where NMiTE will deliver the world’s most distinctive and innovative engineering curriculum. With a focus on learning by doing, it intends to be educating more than 5,000 engineering students by 2032.
The future university is being strongly backed by engineering businesses, the Herefordshire community, Herefordshire Council, the University of Warwick, Olin College of Engineering (USA), professional engineering bodies and the UK Government, which recently announced up to £23million in initial funding and featured it in its recent White Paper Industrial Strategy: Building a Britain fit for the future .
£8 million of this funding for the project was awarded to the Marches LEP via its Growth Deal with Government. Growth Deals are awarded to LEPs through a competitive bidding process to fund the delivery of projects to boost the local economy.