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Student Accepted into new Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology

Sophie Bloodworth, a Sixth Form student at leading girls’ grammar Beaconsfield High School, is celebrating after accepting a highly competitive spot on the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology programme, starting this September.

Sophie, who is currently sitting the exams for her Further Maths, Physics and Art A-Levels, will join 24 other students on the four-year degree programme, which combines academic learning initially delivered by WMG University of Warwick with hands-on experience developing Dyson products and working alongside Dyson’s current engineering team of 3,500. Sophie was in high demand, with offers from a leading manufacturer in the world of premium cars and Sheffield, Liverpool, Warwick and Lancaster universities, but chose Dyson because of the focus on real projects and the pace of the programme.

James Dyson created the Institute in response to the dearth of skilled engineers in the UK. The degree is the highest level part-work, part-study programme in the UK and allows students to gain two and a half times the learning experience of a normal university. The course covers the fundamentals of engineering, along with more specific electronics and mechanical engineering content, and enables the students to put the theory into practice on a daily basis.

Rachel Smith, Headteacher, comments: “We are so incredibly proud that Sophie has been awarded this opportunity. Her hard work and boundless talent have resulted in the best inauguration into what will undoubtedly be a remarkable and pioneering career. Dyson’s response to the lack of skills available is inspired – with the STEM agenda at the forefront of our minds, and particularly with the need for more females in STEM fields, it couldn’t be a timelier launch for the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology.”

James Dyson said: “Our first group of undergraduate students will be mentored by practicing scientists and engineers – world experts in their field – who will teach alongside academics from Warwick University. Rather than hypothesizing about what it is like to be an engineer from the lecture hall they will find themselves in the risk-filled world of inventing new, real-world technology which is used all around the world.”

About the Dyson programme:

  • The Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology will run a four year programme based on its Research and Development Campus in Malmesbury Wiltshire
  • Applicants need to have at least three A Levels, including Maths and an additional Science or Technology subject, and be expecting to achieve grades AAB or above to apply
  • Dyson will give students a full-time, salaried job in their Research, Design and Development team and cover the fees of a bespoke Bachelor of Engineering degree with WMG University of Warwick, alongside their job. The academic curriculum rivals top university engineering courses
  • Students will have access to the recreational facilities on the Dyson Campus including a multi-sports facility – the Hangar – as well as the cafés and restaurants on the campus, which are led by Joe Croan, the former Head Chef at Marco Pierre White’s Michelin starred restaurant L’Escargot.

Beaconsfield High School is a hub for high achieving, dynamic and driven young women. The remarkable teaching on offer, coupled with a constantly evolving learning environment, ensures the school’s talented and highly proficient students have the best foundation for developing their futures, from Year 7 all the way through to Year 13.

 

BHS press enquiries: Amy Thompson, thomps-a@beaconsfieldhigh.bucks.sch.uk | 07826 902387

Dyson press enquiries:   Lily Grant Thorold, Lily.Grantthorold@dyson.com | 020 7833 8244