Sir James Dyson has set up a new university, with an initiative aimed specifically at women.
His firm secured university status for the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology, at Dyson’s research and development campus in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.
It is the first privately-funded university launched under the Government’s higher education and research act.
The inventor of Dyson hoovers said that women made up 27 per cent of the graduates enrolled at his university.
Dyson plans to build the number of females up to 50 per cent in the coming years, to try and tackle Britain’s lack of engineers.
Undergraduate engineers will be given a paid full-time job in the research, design and development team as part of their studies, and will have all of their university fees paid for them.
They will also be mentored by the company’s scientists and engineers alongside classes at the University of Warwick.
Sir James Dyson, who campaigned for the UK to leave the EU, said: “Britain suffers from an acute lack of engineering graduates which is threatening science, technology and engineer.”
“Dyson’s undergraduate engineers will develop new technology alongside world-leading engineering practitioners, creating real products that end up in homes around the world and all alongside their academic.”
Speaking to the Press Association, Sir James added: “Something like 45 per cent of our workforce here are female. We don’t think that is good enough.”
“We want to get the intake up to 50 per cent (female) and a much higher percentage of female engineers in our workforce.”
“I think one of the reasons we have a high female intake is because we make practical products.”
“In my view, I think women like to see a practical outcome of engineering and not just the academic study of it.”