Be part of the team.
At The Dyson Institute, we put equal emphasis on academia, the workplace, wellbeing and professional development. We believe this approach will create the best engineering graduates and support us in our Mission to build challenging and enriching educational experiences which are free, student-centric and aligned with the needs of industry.
As a member of The Dyson Institute team, you’ll be able to build strong relationships with Undergraduates and colleagues. You will have a real and tangible impact on our students’ future and that of The Dyson Institute. This is a fast-paced, rewarding and innovative place to work. Among other benefits, as a member of our team, you’ll receive:
- 27 days holiday plus eight statutory bank holidays
- Pension scheme
- Performance related bonus
- Private medical insurance
- Life assurance
- Sport centre access
- Free on-site parking
- Subsidised café and restaurants
- Discounts on Dyson machines
This is a unique opportunity to be part of a close-knit team in an exciting and emerging higher education provider, based at the UK Dyson Technology Campus in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.
Please note: We are following the government guidelines regarding COVID19. At this time all interviews will be conducted via video or telephone. We’re taking these precautionary measures to protect both our employee and candidate wellbeing. The Dyson Talent Acquisition team will work with you and provide further information as appropriate.
Reporting to the Engineering Workplace Manager the Apprenticeship Tutor will play a key role in guiding our Undergraduate Engineers through the apprenticeship qualification. The Apprenticeship Tutor will work closely with the Academic Team and line managers from the Dyson business to identify development areas, coach and professionally develop the Undergraduates.
As part of this role you will:
- Provide support and advice to the Undergraduate Engineers such that they are engaged with their programme of learning, make progress in their development of knowledge, skills and behaviours and achieve the apprenticeship standard and associated qualifications.
- Support line managers so they understand their requirements in relation to meeting the KSBs of the apprenticeship standard.
- Develop and optimise logbooks and learning evidence to meet the requirements of the Apprenticeship Standard, whilst minimising extra learner workload and providing rounded professional development.
- Develop frameworks and processes to track progress of learners.
- Work closely with End Point Assessment organisation(s) to ensure learners are prepared and ready for assessments.
- Work closely with Engineering Workplace Manager to develop and improve the workplace experience for Undergraduates and line managers.
- Hold quarterly conversations with each Undergraduate and line manager to coach and develop them towards meeting the requirements of the apprenticeship.
This role would suit someone with a passion for coaching and development, and experience of degree apprenticeships. You’ll need to be confident communicator, able to translate the requirements of a degree apprenticeship to both Undergraduates and wider business stakeholders.
- Proven experience in apprenticeship delivery and support.
- Clear communication – able to tailor conversation to different audiences to succinctly explain the requirements and benefits of the apprenticeship programme.
- Collaborative – able to build and maintain effective working relationships and work cooperatively with others as part of a team.
- Proactive – able to work autonomously and take the initiative to identify work that needs to be done and ways to support the team.
- Experience of regulations and requirements surrounding the delivery of degree apprenticeships.
- Experience or demonstrable interest in higher education.
- An Engineering or Science background.
External Academic Board members (x2)
We are looking for two experienced individuals to join The Dyson Institute’s Academic Board as appointed members (unremunerated), with a view to strengthening our academic governance and driving the delivery of quality and standards across The Dyson Institute.
The Dyson Institute is the first provider in the UK to receive new degree awarding powers. In September 2021, it will enrol its first cohort of Dyson Institute. At the same time, it will continue to support and enhance the experience of the four cohorts of Dyson Institute students registered at and enrolled with Warwick Manufacturing Group, the University of Warwick. The Dyson Institute’s mission is to build challenging and enriching educational experiences which are free, student-centric and aligned with the needs of industry.
The Dyson Institute’s Academic Board is its academic authority. Operating on delegated authority from Council, its role is to safeguard the standards of Dyson Institute awards and ensure that students receive a high quality academic experience whilst studying at the Institute.
The Academic Board oversees the Institute's academic management, including the curriculum and all aspects of quality and standards associated with the Institute as a degree-awarding body. It has the power to make regulations and policies. Meetings of the Academic Board concentrate on major issues of academic strategy, policy, priority and performance. As a provider specialising in degree apprenticeships, and which integrates professional development into its academic qualifications, the role of Academic Board is to consider and assure quality and standards in relation to teaching and learning, workplace experience and professional development.
About the role
Individuals applying for the position of Academic Board member should be passionate about The Dyson Institute’s vision, aims and objectives, as well as about the assurance of quality and standards. Experience supporting a small or niche higher education provider would be highly desirable, as would experience in supporting a provider to undertake a degree awarding powers review.
Academic Board appointments are usually made for a duration of four years, after which the individual may be appointed for one further term of four years. Availability to prepare for and attend Academic Board meetings, usually four per year, is essential. Attendance at a small number of additional meetings, for example to review and approve policies or to attend development or training sessions, may be requested.
- Role one: Academic Board member | An experienced academic from a UK HE provider, with expert knowledge of degree apprenticeships
- Role two: Academic Board member | An expert in professional development of students, from a UK HE provider
Applicants for both roles should:
- Understand good governance in a higher education context
- Understand academic quality and standards
- Have experience working with industrial partners
- Have experience within the academic governance structure of a higher education provider
- Have experience of reviewing and approving academic policies and regulation
- Have experience in reviewing annual reports on institutional performance
Experience in the management or delivery of engineering programmes is highly desirable. In addition to the above, the individual roles require the following:
Role one | Academic Board member:
- An experienced academic from a UK HE provider, with expert knowledge of degree apprenticeships
- Specific knowledge of degree apprenticeships, including embedding and monitoring of knowledge, skills and behaviours
- An understanding of ESFA reporting requirements and other regulation associated with degree apprenticeship programmes
Role two | Academic Board member:
- An expert in professional development of students, from a UK HE provider
- Specific knowledge of professional development of students in a HE context
- Specific knowledge of employability, and embedding employability, in a HE context
Student Support Advisor
You’ll be one of a team of four Student Support Advisors, who each support one year group of around 40 Undergraduate Engineers. You’ll deliver a personalised wellbeing and development experience to the undergraduates you support.
About the role
You’ll spend roughly 50% of your time in regular 1:1s with every undergraduate in your year group. These could include offering wellbeing support, coaching them to reach their personal and professional goals, to signposting relevant support services. You’ll also work closely with the team of Student Support Advisors, to maintain consistency across the provision and undergraduate experience.
The other 50% you'll be working on, and delivering, undergraduate experience and wellbeing projects, such as workshops, ‘Wellbeing and Development’ days, and awareness campaigns.
This is a unique opportunity to be part of a passionate, close-knit team in an exciting and emerging higher education provider.
- Coaching experience and/or a coaching qualification.
- Previous experience of working with young adults in a Higher Education setting.
- Experience in building rapport quickly and developing strong relationships with young adults and colleagues.
- Effective listening skills – to identify the support required and establish the appropriate approach and communication style e.g. signposting/mentoring/coaching/just listening.
- Comfortable and confident in adapting to change – the supportive offer is constantly evolving and we have a culture of continuous improvement.
- Strong organisation and prioritisation skills – you’ll balance your time between 121s and project work.
- Team player – you’ll work collaboratively in a close-knit team.
- Experience of delivering presentations and workshops, adapting your style accordingly.
- Degree-level education, preferably in Psychology, Human Resources, Learning and Development, or equivalent professional experience/qualifications.
- Awareness/understanding of mental health, disabilities and learning differences, and an awareness of available support & resources.
- Awareness of the importance of confidentiality and familiarity with privacy regulation e.g. GDPR.