Written by Morgan Poole, member of the Design Cohort.
I was introduced to the idea of NMiTE through an article published in The Times newspaper. As a person who has always had a passion for engineering, seeing a degree that would explore the more practical, and workplace-based side of engineering was a real breath of fresh air; and due to so many companies saying postgrads apply for jobs they only have theoretical and not practical knowledge for, I thought that this was something worth getting behind.
I looked more into the idea for a new university and found on their website that they were recruiting a “Design Cohort” (DC) for gap year and postgrad students. The cohort would have a say on what different aspects of the institution may look like and how it may be run. They would also be able to trial parts of the course to see whether the different teaching structure, when compared to other universities, is effective. To me this looked like a great way to gain some experience working in engineering and with other people, which would look amazing on my CV. Although, the thing which attracted me most to this opportunity was the chance to be a part of something which could have a real impact on engineering in this country.
Working as a part of the DC I have found myself working on and advising on many things, such as, student accommodation, student life, how I think work areas should be laid out, and our outreach programme. I've trialled some aspects of the course such as CAD and CAM. Furthermore, I have gained skills such as communication and presentation skills; which would not be directly connected to engineering but have been abilities that will really help me in my career. I have met many people from a variety of areas of engineering, and in my own research at NMiTE found that there are many more aspects to, and types of, engineering than I had first believed.
So far being a part of the DC at NMiTE has been nothing but a great experience, I have learnt so much, broadened my engineering horizons, and met many interesting people. Every part of the course I have trialled so far has had real world application and I’m even considering signing up for the NMiTE pioneer cohort (PC).