Not like a traditional university
Growing up in the North East of England in our lower years at secondary school I remember having a talk promoting engineering as a career saying there is a ‘shortage of engineers in the UK, especially in the North East’. So, I started sixth form and applied for traditional universities and had firmed my place for Durham University and was set on that route. I had noticed a few apprenticeships that had come up through decent universities like Exeter and other very prestigious schemes such as Rolls Royce, but nothing to deter me from going to Durham until I found the The Dyson Institute degree apprenticeship. I had to apply straight away.
As well as offering a top engineering degree, the other attractive idea was that you are not missing out on the social aspect of meeting new young people. Unlike other apprenticeships where you might be just one of a few apprentices and not have an integrated programme on one site, The Dyson Institute take on a new cohort each year who all live in the ‘student accommodation’ pods in the first year. Living in the Dyson Village is very good, it is a social place to live in being around fellow students. The communal kitchens are a good social space in particular. In my kitchen, we share out the cooking so one or a pair cook each day of the week which not only saves so much time not having to cook every day but we all get to eat together every evening. From my experience, the facilities are much better than typical university accommodation for the price you pay - not only are the rooms larger but it is essentially all brand new.