Sir James Dyson to Open Dedicated College

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Sir James Dyson is to open his own institution to help train engineers, who he argues are badly needed if UK companies are to remain competitive.

Opening in Autumn 2017, the Dyson Institute of Technology will help to develop home-grown talent.

Universities Minister Jo Johnson challenged Sir James Dyson to set up his own institution after he had been complaining to ministers for years regarding the skills shortages in engineering.

According to the inventor the UK needs another one million engineers with skills in software, hardware and electronics by 2020.

At a cost of £15 million the Dyson Institute of Technology will be based at the company's campus in Malmesbury, Wiltshire and will offer students a four-year engineering degree in partnership with the University of Warwick.

In addition to the degree, students will be paid a salary while they study and will not have to pay tuition fees. Another key benefit will be that students will work on live projects alongside mentors and research staff allowing them to see projects being put into production and going into the shops.

Sir James hopes the institution will grow into a fully-fledged Dyson University, with its own degree-awarding powers.

Universities Minister Jo Johnson said of the project: "The Dyson Institute of Technology will not only offer students the chance to study on cutting edge degree level programmes, it will also play a vital role in educating the next generation of much needed engineers."