Our story

Engineers matter. They invent, design and build technology that makes the world better. 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.  

    • Year2002

      James Dyson Foundation

      For decades, Sir James Dyson has tackled a systemic problem...

      James Dyson Foundation

      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.  

    • Year2010

      Investing in higher education

      Across the next two decades, the James Dyson Foundation worked to intervene...

      Investing in higher education

      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.

    • Year2016

      The challenge

      In 2016, James asked the then Minister for Universities...

      The challenge

      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 institution for aspiring engineers.

    • Year2017

      Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology

      In September 2017, the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology opened its doors...

      Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology

      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.

    • Year2020

      New Degree Awarding Powers

      Then, in 2020, following a rigorous assessment by the Quality Assurance Agency...

      New Degree Awarding Powers

      In 2020, following a rigorous assessment by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, we were awarded New Degree Awarding Powers. This enabled us to open admissions for our first independent intake, whose degree apprenticeship is delivered and awarded by the Dyson Institute. The first independent cohort joined us in September 2021.  

    • Year2022

      Present day

      We offer an alternative choice to traditional university provision...

      Present day

      We 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.