A new school at Imperial College London is hoping to
create the next generation of British engineers. James Dyson’s eponymous
charitable foundation has donated £12m and will work with the university to train undergraduate students
through a four year course.
The Dyson School will teach a
Masters in Design Engineering, starting October 2015. As well as
engineering, the course will also cover design, creative problem solving and business
skills. As a requirement all students who enrol will be asked to
set themselves up as a company and encouraged to grow their own business.
The curriculum, developed with Dyson engineers, will
also feature a compulsory industrial placement and module on
entrpenuership. The first 40 undergraduate students enrolled to the
school will use Imperial’s current facilities from October 2015,
with the annual intake increasing to 90 by October 2017 when the
school moves to a new building in South Kensington.
The £12m donation has been used to fund the purchase
of the old Post Office sorting office on Exhibition Road in London. The building was previously owned by the
Science Museum and will be used to
create a studio space for designing, prototyping and testing new
“We want to create engineers who are bold and
commercially astute,” said James Dyson. “They will use their
skills, nurtured in the Dyson School, to develop future technology
that will catalyse Britain’s economic growth.”
The James Dyson Foundation, established in 2002, is a
charitable organisation that has to date donated £48m to
engineering and technology education in the UK and abroad. Its £12m
donation to Imperial College London is its largest yet.