Dyson’s designs on a bright future
IF I hear one more parent tell me their child’s “off to uni”, I might have to scream. Good for them, though. Well done and all that. Any old fool can get into uni now, but a pat on the back anyway.
“Yes, he’s reading classics.” Couldn’t he have done that at home in his bedroom?
“She’s changing courses this year, the first year was impossible and she found the exams really hard, so she’s swapping to Media Studies.” Of course she is. Didn’t she have a gap year, too?
University, huh? It’s not what it used to be, as people far older than me would say.
When I did my degree – English, easy option, any old fool etc – only 5% of school leavers went to university. Most of them studied useful degrees such as medicine, law, architecture or engineering.
There was no fannying around with American Studies, Celtic Studies or, indeed, anything with Studies on the end, all of which you could learn by reading a good book on the subject, which might take a week instead of three years (and the same goes for English tbh).
Every parent I know of an 18year-old is packing their young person off to university. I am not. Don’t ask. Academia’s not for everyone. Ahem.
On Thursday some lucky students, all talented engineering undergraduates, became the first intake at the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology, James Dyson’s passion project to overcome the UK’s shortage of worldbeating engineers.
That man is a genius. I think it each time I dry my hair in recordtime with his hairdryer or vacuum the carpets and floors with his stylish Absolute V8 beast of a sucker.
Sir James’ students will not have to pay university fees. He’s got them covered. They’ll be on a £15,500 starting salary – yes, they’re being PAID to study – will leave debt-free and walk into well-paid, creative, muchneeded, ever-changing, satisfying careers. Some of their designs will become future classics.
Meanwhile, for example, three years studying Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter, according to their tantalising online prospectus, “will put you in an excellent position to pursue postgraduate study after you have graduated”. Oh.
At this point I just want to say that James Dyson is the UK’s Steve Jobs. We do not appreciate him enough. The students at his college are set up for life.
They will be indebted to him. Rather than to their bank managers. Genius.
His students are PAID to study and will have a great career
GENIUS Sir James Dyson