This year Dyson opened their doors to their first cohort of 33 Engineering undergraduates at the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology in Malmesbury, and on 28th November we were given the unique opportunity of taking two students (Cali and Murjanah), accompanied by Head of Science, Mrs Haydon, to the site to find out how this unique university experience is working out.
The afternoon started with a short talk by James Dyson and Jo Johnson MP (Minister for Universities, Science and Research) followed by a tour where we saw the full range of Dyson products and their journey from prototypes, the cafés, the sports halls, and the new village being built for the undergraduates. Next up was a brilliant Q and A session with a panel of the first-ever institute representative council. They shared their tasking and rigorous journey to be offered their places as the first Dyson undergraduates, their reasons for choosing Dyson over a more conventional university degree and their experiences in the first three months.
A definite highlight of the day was the delicious dinner at the Dyson Lightning Café with a molten chocolate lava cake sprinkled with popping candy for dessert! The environment is modern and beautiful, and has been clearly designed to inspire and motivate the young engineers and designers. The Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology provides a dynamic and fresh approach to degree-level studies and will be an exciting option for the young engineers coming through St Mary’s.