Bournemouth bursary students visit Dyson


Every year, the James Dyson Foundation gives a bursary of £1,000 each to six Bournemouth University students, to help them prototype their final year projects. In exchange for this gift, the students carry out three or four workshops each in local secondary schools. They tell the children at these schools all about James Dyson’s story and explain what design engineers do – then let them put their own heads and hands into action, making conceptual prototypes from Dyson machine parts.

On Friday, this year’s newly chosen bursary students visited Dyson’s headquarters in Malmesbury, UK, to learn how to carry out the perfect school workshop. They also toured the building, and learned about the design process at Dyson. 

Gino Abate, the project coordinator at Bournemouth University, said: “The students were so excited about visiting Dyson – it was a real treat. They’re keen to get going with their workshops, and can’t wait to see what ideas the children come up with!”


The names of this year’s bursary recipients and their proposed final year projects are below:

Douglas Powell – A bicycle ambulance that doubles as a cargo trailer or hand cart, for use in the developing world.

Lauren Richardson – A propulsion aid for amputees, to improve stability and create optimal movement when  the user is swimming.

Rutul Gandhi – A mobile water purification system for use in the developing world.

Danielle Madigan – A sensory toy for visually impaired children.

Madison Brown – An emotive aid for autistic children, to ease communication and decrease feelings of social distance.

Thomas Hopkinson – A learning aid for two – five year olds with Down’s syndrome.P1000623