Undergraduate Development Partner - Dyson Institute

£Competitive + Bonus + Pension + Free Gym +27 days holiday



As an Undergraduate Development Partner at the Dyson Institute, you will work with every Undergraduate to help them reach their potential.

In March 2016 James Dyson met with the Universities Minister, Jo Johnson, to discuss the acute shortage of graduate engineers in the UK.  He invited James to be the first to take full advantage of the new Higher Education and Research Act and build the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology – a brand new type of Higher Education provider.

Undergraduates who join Dyson take a leap into the unknown – they may leave home for the first time, embark on a challenging course at a new university and start potentially their first job in one of the most fast-paced, highly pressurised companies in the world. Undergraduate Development Partners at the Dyson Institute help Undergraduates to thrive in this environment, and ensure that they fulfil their potential.

You will quickly come to know each and every Undergraduate that you support, and their needs, and will deliver appropriate interventions to aid their personal and professional development through regular 1:1 coaching sessions. You will have your finger on the pulse of our Undergraduate community. 

In some instances, these individual interventions will be scaled up, and you will work with the Undergraduate Experience Manager to ensure development needs are met through broader, cohort-wide development programmes.

Market Overview

Dyson HQ can be found tucked away in the Wiltshire countryside – our secluded location helps us to protect our ideas and stay independent-minded. Yet nearby are the fashionable cities of Bristol and Bath (where a young James Dyson invented cyclone technology).  

The growing campus is the heartbeat of Dyson. Benefitting from an onsite gym, indoor sports pitch, multiple cafés and a nature walk. Over 3,500 people, including James himself, spend their days strategising, inventing technology and telling the Dyson story to the world.

By Autumn 2018, Malmesbury will be a 24hr campus and our campus extension will be complete – 78 bespoke eco-pods, crafted in Scotland and transported by lorry to Malmesbury, then installed on site. The pods will house our first-year Undergraduates and our new Roundhouse will become the social centre for employees and Undergraduates at Dyson. We’re recruiting a further 45 Undergraduates to start September 2018, and then 50 in September 2019 – before you know it, we’ll have a 200-strong Undergraduate population.

Function Overview

Good ideas are the lifeblood of Dyson, and James recognised this one in a heartbeat. 18 months later, we opened our doors to our first cohort. We prize those rare individuals who challenge, invent and fit the Dyson mind-set. The Dyson Intitule of Engineering and Technology embodies this ethos. 

This is a pioneering programme for both for Dyson and the education sector and will dovetail with the James Dyson Foundation’s school engagement initiatives to ensure that we attract and recruit the best school leavers in the UK.  

Our first cohort of Undergraduates are enrolled on a four-year Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree written by leading Dyson engineers in collaboration with the University of Warwick. Our exceptional Undergraduates have the rare opportunity to blend study and on-the-job learning, working alongside some of the best engineers and scientists in the world.


Continue to build our brand as a small and personal university through early engagement with our new Undergraduates from their assessment day (final stage of the assessment process) and over the summer, through to when they start at the Dyson Institute in September.


Coach and support the Undergraduates in their personal and professional development; working in partnership with the Dyson Talent Development team to deliver tailored and high quality development solutions on an individual basis. These interventions will embody Dyson learning principles of being self-directed, diverse and disruptive experiences, via high accountability ‘missions’ which support and challenge.


Curate a climate of wellbeing and support for our undergraduates; troubleshoot and signpost in relation to undergraduate experience and welfare issues, and engage other members of the Dyson Institute team or wider Dyson business as required to ensure a consistent and positive experience.


You will be a natural coach, teacher, trainer with a track record of designing learning interventions and development solutions for young people.

You will be passionate about young people’s education, with high levels of emotional intelligence. You will have had exposure to the education sector (school leavers, apprenticeships, universities) and may come from a leadership development or education background.

You must be able to build strong working relationships and work effectively in a rapidly changing matrix environment, and with key external bodies, to deliver your goals. An ability to operate with ambiguity and set a clear direction, demonstrating creativity and pragmatism, is essential.

The Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology is new, highly visible and complex, therefore you will be able to work effectively in an ambiguous, changeable and start-up environment.

Benefits Overview

Dyson monitors the market to ensure competitive salaries and pension contributions. Beyond that, you’ll also enjoy a profit-related bonus, generous leave and life insurance. But financial benefits are only the start of a Dyson career. Rapid professional growth, leadership development and new opportunities abound, driven by regular reviews and dynamic workshops. And with a vibrant culture and a relaxed dress code reflecting our engineering spirit, it’s an exciting team environment geared to creativity, innovation and ambition.

Posted: 4-May-2018

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