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Debt-free degree!

09 November 2016

James Dyson is helping to bridge the engineering skills gap within the UK by offering the first engineering degree that lets students earn while they learn.

The Dyson Institute of Technology will help the next generation of engineers study for the degree while they work at the technology campus in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

The Dyson Institute of Technology will consider all new students an engineer from the beginning. The job on campus will consist of tough projects and real responsibilities. Students will learn about engineering via hands-on experience and work alongside a team of Dyson experts. A competitive salary will be earned over the four year program and students will also be eligible for staff bonuses and discounts. Best of all, Dyson will pay for the tuition fee of the degree so students can come away debt-free!

Students will be learning about every aspect of a Dyson machine. These include motors, fluid dynamics, separation systems, energy storage, robotics, software, aerodynamics and hair science. The final year of the program even offers lucky students the opportunity to visit Dyson’s technology and design centres in Singapore and Malaysia. 

After the four year program, students are expected to take up a technical graduate engineering role at Dyson. 

Whilst doing all this, students will be given time out of the job to work towards a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from WMG at the University of Warwick. The lectures will be mainly delivered on the Dyson campus by professors from University of Warwick and Dyson engineers.

The first two years will see students studying general engineering modules with assessments through exams and projects. Years three and four will specialise in Mechanical Engineering, Electronics or a combination of both. 

The course will not only develop theoretical knowledge but applied skills such as prototyping and computer aided design. 

Commenting, John Perkins, Chair of the IET Education and Skills Policy Panel, said: "At a time when we must improve both the quality and quantity of our future engineers, new educational approaches to tackling this challenge, like the proposed Dyson Institute of Technology, are to be welcomed.

"The UK urgently needs more engineers. Our IET’s Skills and Demand in Industry survey tells us that 62 percent of UK employers are not satisfied with the practical skills of graduates from many UK universities and colleges, as these graduates struggle to apply their technical learning in a practical workplace context.

Dyson campus (Credit: Dyson)

“With the difference between the skills higher education providers supply, and those that engineering employers expect, it's important that we think beyond the traditional university engineering degree route into engineering.

“We need to consider offering a range of new educational and training initiatives that focus on project-based learning – aiming to equip engineering students with the practical and problem-solving skills that today’s engineering industry requires. There is good evidence that this approach is not only more effective in developing these critical engineering skills, but also that it can appeal to a broader and more inclusive range of students, including girls or those considering engineering as a second career.”

The Dyson Institute of Technology is to open in Autumn 2017.

For more information or to apply, click here!


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