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News - 12 July 2006
|Artist's impression of the Dyson Academy|
Dyson gifts money to establish Inventors University
The Dyson School of Design Innovation is an attempt to stem the dire shortage of engineering and design graduates in the UK. Inventor and vacuum cleaner king James Dyson will be putting in half the expected cost of £25m.
If it all goes to plan the first intake of 900 students aged 16 to 19 will enrol in September 2008 and will go some way to addressing the worrying decline in engineering students over the past two decades which has now reached a low of 24,000 per annum. The running costs of the school will be met by the Learning & Skills Council (LSC) and other partners will include Rolls Royce and Bae.
James Dyson’s facility, which will be based in Bath and designed by award winning architect Chris Wilkinson, will follow in the footsteps of another private centre of excellence – the Fashion Retail Academy in London – the brainchild of Phillip Green.
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