Engineers matter. They invent, design and build technology that makes the world better by improving energy efficiency and our economy. They’re crucial not just to the future of Dyson, but to the world. Technology ambitions demand a ready supply of the brightest engineers and scientists, and a national shortage of engineering talent is holding advancements back.
It’s estimated that Britain will be short of 1.8 million engineers by 2025. A traditional approach to education isn’t going to solve it.
More than 25 years ago James Dyson set out to develop and invent new technology which would transform how products worked. In 2016, he set out to transform education.
For decades, Sir James Dyson has tackled a systemic problem: the UK’s shortage of engineers. In 2002, he set up the James Dyson Foundation, a charity with a simple mission: to challenge misconceptions about engineering and encourage more young people to consider careers in engineering.
Across the next two decades, the James Dyson Foundation worked to intervene in the skills crisis, through free educational resources, international design engineering competitions and philanthropic donations to schools and students. Alongside that work, the Foundation supported major initiatives to improve engineering education in the UK. This has included over £23 million of donations to universities and their engineering students.
In 2016, James asked the then Minister for Universities – Jo Johnson MP – what the UK government was doing about the engineering skills crisis. Jo responded with a challenge; that James should set up his own higher education provider for aspiring engineers.
In September 2017, The Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology opened its doors, offering approximately 40 undergraduates per year the opportunity to study for a degree delivered and awarded by the University of Warwick, while also being employed within Dyson’s global engineering team. It was the natural next step in James’ support for re-engineering education.
Now, following a rigorous assessment by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, we have New Degree Awarding Powers. This enables us to open admissions for our first undergraduate independent intake, whose degree apprenticeship will be delivered and awarded by The Dyson Institute. As an independent provider, we will draw on everything we have learned about high quality engineering education from our journey so far and from the experience of our outstanding academic team.
We will offer an alternative choice to traditional university provision, with an approach built on established methodologies of teaching and learning while at the same time pioneering a non-traditional programme of engineering knowledge, professional workplace application and leadership development. An agile institution, quick to respond to feedback and completely committed to continuous improvement.