Professional
Development

Engineers tackle some of the world’s biggest problems and fuel the growth and prosperity of nations. They contribute to the creation of national wealth as they develop the technologies and products that other nations want to buy.

Demographics, globalization, the speed of technological development and the highly interdisciplinary nature of today’s global challenges demand a far broader skill set from engineers than simply the mastery of scientific and technological disciplines.

Professional development starts during induction in Year 1 and continues during the four-years. It is supported by one to one coaching, professional development sessions and Summer Series.

We have created our professional development framework, through which you'll be supported to develop the following key competences throughout your experience:

Chartership: We're working with the IET to become accredited as soon as possible. On completion of the programme and alongside the work experience you'll have gained, you'll need to prepare and have a professional competence review to gain Chartered status. There will be support for you to do this.

Competence

Definition

Communication

Communicate effectively with people that have diverse goals and backgrounds – across disciplines, organizational levels, and organizational boundaries, through listening, oral, written, and graphical means. Be able to articulate and share a vision for your project or product.

Personal
effectiveness

Manage your own workload, influence project direction, see the “big-picture”, persevere to overcome obstacles, think creatively to re-frame problems, challenge constraints, make sound decisions, take calculated risks, validate assumptions. Self-management.

Team work

Build consensus, collaborate to achieve goals shared with colleagues, clients, and suppliers; coordinate efforts, lead effective meetings, negotiate; take responsibility for your projects (Note: coordination is distinct from formal project management that comes with authority. All engineers need to coordinate efforts, while only a subset formally manage projects.)

Project
management

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of engineering management principles and apply these to your own work as a member and leader in a team, to manage projects and in multi-disciplinary environments.

Ethics

Take professional and ethical responsibility for decisions and behaviour. Adhere to the norms of engineering practice and challenge them where appropriate. Commit to the Dyson Code.

Sustainability

Understand and evaluate the sustainability and impact of engineering work in the solution of complex engineering problems in societal and environmental contexts.

The engineer
& society

Apply reasoning informed by contextual knowledge to assess societal, health, safety, legal and cultural issues and the consequent responsibilities relevant to professional engineering practice and solutions to complex engineering problems. Have a broad understanding of general business principles.

Summer Series

The Summer Series is designed to address the broader set of skills engineers need, supporting both the degree and workplace.

The programme takes place between the end of July and mid September, during the academic break between years one, two and three. It usually involves a group project on a particular theme, sometimes chosen by the Undergraduates themselves, supplemented by workshops to develop particular skills. For example, previous Summer Series programmes have included workshops on:

  • Presentation skills
  • Ideation
  • Hand sketching
  • Project management

The Summer Series projects usually culminate in a final presentation or report, which allows each group to demonstrate to their peers and The Dyson Institute team, what they have produced and learnt over the course of the programme.