All the latest UK technology news, reviews and analysis


Inventor James Dyson criticises government for obsession with glamorous web fads

08 Jan 2013
Inventor James Dyson

Renowned inventor James Dyson has criticised the government for being obsessed with glamorous web fads and video gaming rather than tangible technology that can be exported.

The inventor of the famous Dyson vacuum cleaner welcomed the government's willingness to make the UK a high technology exporter but said it had become distracted by the technology firms that make up Shoreditch's ‘Silicon Roundabout'.

Dyson's remarks follow last month's announcement that the government would splash out £50m on a regeneration of Silicon Roundabout to help continue the growth of the emerging tech start-up cluster.

In an interview with the Radio Times, Dyson also said he was concerned by the skills crises facing the engineering industry. There will be a shortage of 60,000 engineering graduates this year, he said.

"The government must do more to attract the brightest and best into engineering and science so that we can compete internationally," said Dyson.

"Twenty-six percent of engineering graduates do not go into engineering or technical professions. More worrying is that 85 percent of all engineering and science postgraduates in our universities come from outside the UK. Yet nine in 10 leave the UK after they finish their studies. British knowledge is simply taken abroad."

Dyson said engineering postgraduates need to be encouraged by more generous salaries.

He said it was "insulting" that graduates only earn £7,000 for postgraduate research placements.

In response to Dyson's remarks, a Department for Business, Innovation and Skills spokesperson said it is working closely with industry to look at various ways to support engineering in schools and universities.

"Applications for engineering courses at university have held up this year," they said.

"We have committed £3m to create up to 500 additional aeronautical engineers at Masters level over the next three years, co-funded with industry."

In October last year, The Royal College of Art Dyson Building, funded by the James Dyson Foundation announced it would house business incubator space for young designers and engineers in order to cultivate British invention.

Fledging creative ventures were given working space, industry mentors and access to angel investors to help commercialise their ideas.

Dyson was not available for comment.

  • Comment  
  • Tweet  
  • Google plus  
  • Facebook  
  • LinkedIn  
  • Stumble Upon  
Rosalie Marshall
About

Rosalie Marshall is the special projects editor and chief reporter at V3. Previously she was a reporter for IT Week and channel editor for online television site LocalGov.tv. Rosalie covers government IT, business applications, IT skills, open source technology and social networks.


More on Finance
What do you think?
blog comments powered by Disqus
Poll

BYOD vs CYOD vs BYOC poll

Which approach is your firm taking to managing employees' mobile devices?
20%
14%
4%
20%
30%
12%

Popular Threads

Powered by Disqus
Galaxy S5 vs One M8 video review

Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8 video review

We see which Android contender is best for business

Updating your subscription status Loading
Newsletters

Get the latest news (daily or weekly) direct to your inbox with V3 newsletters.

newsletter sign-up button
hpv33

Data protection: the key challenges

Deduplication is a foundational technology for efficient backup and recovery

rdc2

iPad makes its mark in the enterprise

The iPad can become a supercharged unified communications endpoint, allowing users to enhance their productivity

Embedded C Developer - Bracknell

Job Title;- Embedded C Developer - Bracknell Description...

Software Development Engineer

Develop: Customise: Configure. Maximise your technical...

Developer (SharePoint and .Net)

To be an outstanding regulator, we need outstanding systems...

Service Desk Analyst

Service Desk Analyst - Central London Fragomen is...
To send to more than one email address, simply separate each address with a comma.