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Dyson School of Design Engineering sets up in London

23 March 2015

The Dyson School of Design Engineering will be established at Imperial College London and based in a building purchased by Imperial from the Science Museum.

Sir James Dyson

The Dyson School will be housed on Exhibition Road in a building purchased by Imperial from the Science Museum - a purchase made possible by the £12 million donation from the James Dyson Foundation.

The first new engineering department established at Imperial in the last two decades, the Dyson School will teach a four year MEng course in Design Engineering from October 2015. The curriculum, developed in partnership with Dyson engineers to give industry relevance, blends technical discipline with creativity. Industry standard equipment and studio space will enable 400 students to design, prototype and test new product ideas.

Professor Alice Gast, President of Imperial College London, said: "Design combines the best of technical expertise with creativity and the Dyson School of Design Engineering is uniquely placed to bring these together in its student experience and research.

"Imperial and Dyson passionately share a vision for educating engineers to elicit innovative thinking and problem solving. The James Dyson Foundation's generous donation, along with Dyson's industrial expertise, gives us the opportunity to create a world-leading School for a new kind of engineer to design the future." 

The reinvestment of proceeds, approved by the Chancellor, will allow the Science Museum to invest more than £20 million in transforming around a third of the museum over the next five years, including several new permanent galleries.

Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum, said the investment will support bold plans for the museum to fire up the imagination of a million young visitors annually, inspiring a new generation of scientists and engineers. "We hope many of them will aspire to study at the Dyson School," he said. "This is a win, win, win announcement for young people, our institutions and the UK economy which urgently needs more engineers to fuel growth."

The James Dyson Foundation has donated £50m to engineering education and medical research. This includes £8m to create a technology hub at the University of Cambridge and £5m to London's Royal College of Art to build business incubator units for graduate students.

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