The Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology welcomes its second cohort

James Dyson with second cohort

43 undergraduate engineers join second cohort, 40% of whom are female

The Dyson Institute has one of the most competitive engineering degree courses in the UK in 2018

Alongside their studies they develop real products from day one, earn a salary, and pay no tuition fees

The Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology has welcomed its second cohort of Undergraduates Engineers as they embark on their four year degree course. The 43 undergraduates were amongst 950 school leavers who applied to The Dyson Institute this year – making it one of the most competitive higher education providers in the UK with 22 applications for each place. Amongst the successful applications 40% are female, compared to the average 15.1% of females on UK engineering undergraduate courses.[1]

James Dyson, Founder said, I am thrilled to be welcoming these bright young people to The Dyson Institute. They are opting for something new and exciting – I am looking forward to seeing what exceptional things they achieve over the next four years. Our second cohort of Dyson Undergraduates is nearly half female which is good news given that engineering has traditionally attracted so few women.

“Alongside the challenging demands of their degree studies they will quickly be contributing to the next generation of Dyson products which will be used all around the world. They trust us with their education and in return they will learn from some of the best engineers in the world, develop real products from day one, earn a salary, and pay no tuition fees. The first cohort of Dyson Undergraduates has shown the incredible value of this new approach. They are proof of what is possible when you give young people real responsibility.”

Robert Halfon MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee, who recently visited the Dyson Institute said, "The Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology is the future – it’s how all universities should be run. They really are ground-breaking and should be congratulated on their understanding of the future of education."

The Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology:  James Dyson has long been vocal about the shortage of engineers in the UK: by 2025 Britain will be 1.8m engineers short.[2] Opened in September 2017, following the passage of the Higher Education and Research Act, The Dyson Institute offers a new approach to engineering education.

The four year engineering degree has been developed by Dyson engineers and the Warwick Manufacturing Group, a department of The University of Warwick. From day one the Undergraduates combine science and engineering theory with real-world application. It is more than a job and more than a degree.

The second cohort takes the total population of The Dyson Institute to 76 Undergraduates, and by 2020 it expects to be made up of over 200 Undergraduates. Taught in specially designed teaching labs at Dyson’s Malmesbury campus, the current Undergraduate Engineers work towards a BEng degree in General Engineering awarded by The University of Warwick. The course covers the fundamentals of engineering in years one and two, and delivers more specific electronics and mechanical engineering content in years three and four. At the same time they work in Dyson’s Global Engineering Team, on real projects, three days a week.

The Undergraduates do not pay tuition fees, and receive a starting salary of £16,000 per annum. Student may also have the opportunity to spend time in Dyson’s Technology and Design Centres in Singapore and Malaysia.

The Dyson Institute is on its way to becoming the first privately funded engineering university in the UK as it seeks its own degree awarding powers. Dyson is investing £31.5m in The Dyson Institute during its first five years and is working with the aspiration that next year’s cohort will be the first to graduate with a Dyson Institute awarded degree.

The Undergraduate Village: The Undergraduates will live in accommodation designed by James Dyson and award winning architect Chris Wilkinson. The brief stipulated five star accommodation. 78 modular accommodation pods are currently being installed on the Dyson Malmesbury Technology Campus. They arrive prefabricated and fully fitted, having been transported by road from Scotland. The pods are stacked three high, with each section completed in just two days.

Building in three dimensions with cross-laminated timber on this scale is unprecedented and the exceptional strength of the maternal allows them to be stacked without additional supports. External aluminium panels will protect the pods from the elements, while green roofs will help them integrate into the landscape. Each pod has its own front door, a bed, study area, shower room, ample storage, and scenic windows with stunning views of the surrounding Wiltshire countryside. Naturally, they will be equipped with the latest Dyson technology as well as bespoke furniture and fittings.

The pods will be arranged in a semicircle around a two-story circular communal ‘Roundhouse’ made up of a quiet working space, café and cinema room. It will provide twenty-four hour amenities for the Undergraduates and Dyson’s wider campus population. The building is adjacent to the Hangar; Dyson’s sports centre which has a fully equipped gym, multi-sport pitches, and offers activities ranging from boxing to badminton.

Undergraduates also have access to the rest of the Malmesbury Technology Campus. The campus includes 129 laboratories, seven cafés, a one mile long nature walk and design icons including a harrier jump jet, a cut-in-half mini, and the world’s oldest working Whittle Jet engine.