Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology: What it's really like
Find out more about the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology
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Want to study an engineering degree and gain industry experience from the start? The Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology could be for you!
The Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology at a glance:
Undergraduate course length
BEng (Hons) Engineering degree apprenticeship
Students who are passionate about engineering and technology, and gaining industry experience throughout their course.
Students who are not looking to work whilst they study.
Lynsey Dickel, Student Recruitment Officer, shares what it’s like to study here.
What is the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology?
The Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology is an independent higher education provider where individuals study towards a BEng (Hons) Engineering degree apprenticeship. The Dyson Institute was founded by Sir James Dyson, who has been passionate about tackling the UK’s shortage of engineers for decades. After years of encouraging more young people to consider careers in engineering. In 2016, Sir James Dyson was challenged by MP Jo Johnson to create his own education provider to help tackle the engineering skills crisis and the Dyson Institute welcomed its first students in September 2017!
Undergraduate Engineers spend two days per week studying towards a bachelor’s degree in engineering, and three days working alongside experienced engineers within the Dyson Technology Global Engineering team.
Why apply to the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology?
Our undergraduate engineers develop significant professional and technical expertise during their time with us. They also get the opportunity to apply what they’ve learnt directly to current Dyson projects. For example, some of our engineering students have worked on projects including the V15 Vacuum and the Dyson Zone (air-purifying headphones).
Students earn a salary through our degree apprenticeship programme and don’t pay any tuition fees!
Who isn't the right fit for the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology?
As well as meeting academic entry requirements, we look for a variety of attributes and competencies to make sure that students would do well on our programmes.
be passionate about engineering and technology
have a curiosity for learning as well as the ability to apply theory to a wide range of situations
have good technical ability
have strong communication and collaboration skills
Being an undergraduate at the Dyson Institute is academically, personally, and professionally demanding. We look for students who are both academically strong and are also able to cope with working whilst studying.
Any application tips?
Do your research to make sure this is the right opportunity for you.
You apply to us directly – not through UCAS. However, our application form includes a personal statement so you can use your university application as a basis for this, but we do ask you to tailor it to us. You should write about why you’re interested in pursuing a degree apprenticeship, and why Dyson.
There are online assessments and interviews as part of our recruitment process, but we’ll share details of how to prepare for these as you go through the different stages.
What's the location like?
The Dyson Institute is based at the Dyson Technology campus in Malmesbury, a small town in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside. The campus is within easy driving distance to cities such as Bristol and Bath.
What facilities does the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology have to offer?
There are a variety of facilities on campus including:
Labs, lecture rooms, and a library
The Hanger, which is an onsite gym that has gym classes and team sports available
The Roundhouse at Dyson Village, which contains a café and bar and is great for socialising with other students
The Undergraduate Experience Committee also organises activities like skiing, surfing, climbing, and brass band, as well as day trips to nearby cities.
What is the accommodation like?
During the first year of the programme, undergraduates live on-campus in a pod in Dyson Village, next to the Dyson Technology main campus in Malmesbury. Each bedroom pod contains a sleeping and study area, an en-suite, and lots of storage space. There are also communal pods where the kitchen, laundry facilities, and social spaces are located.
At the end of first year, students move out of the pods and find private accommodation.
How does the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology meet the needs of students with additional requirements?
We have an inclusive culture at the Dyson Institute, anticipating all possible differences. There is a dedicated disability support advisor at the Institute who provides individualised support and guidance for students. These advisors help to make reasonable adjustments so that the degree apprenticeship programme is as accessible as possible.
Dyson is also an equal opportunities employer which means we are committed to not discriminating against any employee or applicant.
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