This group of 25 school-leavers and graduates from around the world has helped to create and test-drive everything from campus layout to course design, marketing NMiTE's engagement programme, and building partnerships with businesses.

In the last year NMiTE has run 16 separate activities with the Design Cohort, including four trial modules based on those within their Integrated Master’s Programme. Helen Rogers, MEng programme lead at NMiTE said of the Design Cohort’s work this year: “Working with our Design Cohort in the way we have illustrates our pioneering approach to engineering education; working with, rather than just for young people to collaboratively build the institution. The trial modules we have run with them have gone extremely well. We have all learned a lot, and these learnings will certainly benefit our first cohort of students of the future.”

Rogers continues: “We were extremely impressed with the work that the Design Cohort produced, and do hope that their learnings will be beneficial for future career prospects and projects. In fact, NMiTE has now employed one of the Cohort, Ollie Parry, as a full time Junior Graphic Designer. Ollie, who has an MA in Graphic Design, will continue working on our design, branding, animation, video and photography, building on the work he did as part of the Design Cohort.

Ollie’s fellow Design Cohort member, Megan Lane, aged 20, commented: “For the trial modules we split up into teams of five which comprised of those with engineering backgrounds and those with non-engineering backgrounds like me. Each team brainstormed, prototyped, tested and risk assessed to develop solutions for the challenges we faced. I am certain that the experience will serve me well when I go on to study education policy and politics this autumn.

............................................................................................................................................................................................

You may also be interested in: