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The latest cohort of young students at the Dyson Insitute

The Dyson Degree

  • The James Dyson Foundation logo.


    For decades, Sir James Dyson and Dyson have actively tackled the systemic shortage of engineers in the UK. In 2002, James Dyson established the James Dyson Foundation, a charity with a simple mission: to challenge misconceptions about engineering and encourage more young people to consider engineering careers.

  • Sir James Dyson with David Cameron.


    James Dyson published a report, Ingenious Britain: Making the UK the leading high tech exporter in Europe. Within the report’s five overarching findings, he highlighted the change in education and “give our schools and universities the freedom and flexibility they need to deliver the future generation of scientists and engineers”, was key.

  • Students at the Bath Schools.


    The Foundation launched the Bath Schools Project, a partnership with schools to develop a problem-led, project-based, hands-on Design and Technology curriculum. The aim was to encourage more students to take up GCSE and A level Design and Technology – a natural avenue to a career in engineering. The results were encouraging: 37% more students took up D&T at GCSE, and 113% more girls. The James Dyson Foundation took what it had learned to government.

  • The Dyson Centre for Engineering Design.


    The James Dyson Foundation donated £8 million to the University of Cambridge to create a space where engineering undergraduates put theory into practice and develop practical, industrially necessary engineering skills. The Dyson Centre for Engineering Design is now a focal point for teaching Cambridge’s students to learn about the design process, providing specialised printing machinery, scanners, lasers and routers. It provides space for over 1,200 engineers to conduct their project work.

  • James Dyson at Imperial College


    The James Dyson Foundation donated £12 million to Imperial College London to create the Dyson School of Design Engineering. This time, the ambitions went beyond funding new facilities. The school teaches a four-year Master of Engineering degree in Design Engineering; the curriculum was designed in partnership with Dyson’s engineers to ensure industry relevance, blending technical discipline with creativity. It challenges students to develop tangible and compelling products, as well as giving them the commercial know-how.

  • James Dyson at Greshams.


    The James Dyson Foundation made a donation to Gresham’s School to enable the building of a centre for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education. It will help foster, inspire and educate young minds of the future.  

Students at the Dyson Institute.

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James Dyson and former education secretary,  Jo Johnson
  • Students at the Dyson Institute
  • Students at the Dyson Institute
  • Students at the Dyson Institute.
  • Students at the Dyson Institute.
The campus at the Dyson Institute.

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