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Higher education

In 2016/17 4,665 students from Herefordshire enrolled for United Kingdom university courses. Of these, 3,820 were for first degrees or other undergraduate level study and 845 for postgraduate study (taught and research).[1]  Not all of these people leave the county to study (the 2011 census recorded around 3,000 living away from a Herefordshire home), but a proportion do leave and do not return on completion of their studies.   

Herefordshire is one of only three English counties currently without a university.  It is recognised that high quality higher education facilities are an absolutely foundational part of economic development and social and cultural regeneration, exemplified by cities such as Lincoln, Canterbury and Winchester.  The planned New Model in Technology & Engineering (NMiTE) university for Hereford is intended to address the shortfall of 40,000 engineering graduates in the UK economy, and encourage more women to work in the industry. The new university will be an independent, not-for-profit, world class engineering university with dedicated student accommodation across the city. With a particular focus on advanced manufacturing, agriculture-engineering, data, defence, resources security and sustainable / smart living technology sectors it will accept its first 300 students at a purpose-built city centre campus in Hereford in September 2020.  It will have 5,000 students by 2032. The university will make Herefordshire a more attractive place for young people to live and study, and will have a projected economic impact up to £120m per annum on the local and national economy.

[1] ‘Where do students come from?, HESA.  Available at:

Last updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018