Jesse first campaigned to establish a university in Herefordshire in 2007, and is one of the founders of the county's pioneering new university project, the New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering, or NMITE. Jesse has helped raise over £25 million to get NMITE launched.

NMITE has three objectives: 

-- to give fantastic education opportunities to young people in Herefordshire and the Marches, and beyond; 

-- to give a massive boost to the economic base of the county, supporting local businesses, building skills and attracting in new talent; and 

-- to create a new kind of small, high-quality, low-cost teaching university that can be adopted to boost other parts of the UK in turn.

NMITE is already having a transformational effect. Its corporate partners now include BAE Systems, JCB, National Grid, the Environment Agency. 

NMITE students are already getting excellent, well-paid jobs in engineering, whether after the 2 year, 2 month accelerated BEng course, or the 3 year accelerated MEng course. And it only opened its doors in September 2021!