UNIVERSITY students will start arriving in Hereford next weekend ahead of a welcome week beginning on September 6.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering (NMITE) had to delay its opening a year until this September.

In December is was revealed that the university would be offering 50 places for future engineers as part of its first cohort.

NMITE's long term ambition is to educate more than 5,000 engineering students in Hereford, but that could take a generation as the city grows.

The successful applicants for the first cohort will have their academic fees and accommodation costs covered in full for their first year.

Some students will be based at the newly opened accommodation in Station Approach which has 178 single bedrooms.

The university students will be taught in the Blackfriars Street building initially, with pictures showing inside the new campus.

Hereford Times: The Artefacts Library in the Edwardian Building. Picture: Rob DaviesThe Artefacts Library in the Edwardian Building. Picture: Rob Davies

Hereford Times: The Academic, Skills and Knowledge Centre. Picture: Rob Davies The Academic, Skills and Knowledge Centre. Picture: Rob Davies

Hereford Times: Associate Professor and Head of ASC, Dr Sarah Peers. Picture: Rob DaviesAssociate Professor and Head of ASC, Dr Sarah Peers. Picture: Rob Davies

Hereford Times: Breakout and coffee area. Picture: Rob Davies Breakout and coffee area. Picture: Rob Davies

Hereford Times: The main hall in the Edwardian Building. Picture: Rob Davies The main hall in the Edwardian Building. Picture: Rob Davies

Hereford Times: The learning studio in the Modular Learning Environment building. Picture: Rob Davies The learning studio in the Modular Learning Environment building. Picture: Rob Davies

Hereford Times: Learning resources lead technician Dave Coleman in the Engineering Factory. Picture: Rob Davies Learning resources lead technician Dave Coleman in the Engineering Factory. Picture: Rob Davies

Hereford Times: Assistant Professor, Learning and Teaching Lead, Costa Coleman in the Engineering Factory. Picture: Rob Davies Assistant Professor, Learning and Teaching Lead, Costa Coleman in the Engineering Factory. Picture: Rob Davies

Hereford Times: Chief Operating Officer, James Newby. Picture: Rob Davies Chief Operating Officer, James Newby. Picture: Rob Davies

Hereford Times: PR and marketing lead Rachael Carr. Picture: Rob Davies PR and marketing lead Rachael Carr. Picture: Rob Davies

Hereford Times: The Artefacts Library in the Edwardian Building. Picture: Rob Davies The Artefacts Library in the Edwardian Building. Picture: Rob Davies

Hereford Times: NMITE in Hereford's Blackfriars Street. Picture: Rob Davies NMITE in Hereford's Blackfriars Street. Picture: Rob Davies

NMITE said: "After years of dreaming, planning, building and finding the right academics, NMITE (New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering) is about to open its doors to a pioneer cohort and deliver its different model of engineering higher education developing work-ready, talented engineers.

"This group of change-makers who have chosen to study NMITE's innovative Integrated Engineering Undergraduate Masters' Degree (MEng), won't be studying engineering, instead they will be learning how to become engineers as NMITE's curriculum brings together the engineering disciplines and integrates the liberal arts and interpersonal skills needed by today's employers to tackle the world's problems."