Dyson School of Design Engineering

Dyson School celebrates support from The 1851 Royal Commission

Commissioners from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 were welcomed to Campus to celebrate their support of Design Engineering.

Imperial College London has formally recognised the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 for their contribution to the College’s Dyson School of Design Engineering.

The Commission, a longstanding supporter of the College, gifted £200,000 to fund new teaching spaces and a lecture theatre within the new Dyson Building at the College’s South Kensington Campus.

Professor Alice Gast, President of Imperial, Professor Nigel Brandon, Dean of Engineering, and Professor Peter Childs, Head of the Dyson School, unveiled a commemorative plaque outside the newly named ‘Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Lecture Theatre’ in recognition of the generous support.

Following the tour, Professor Childs thanked the Commission not only for the lecture theatre, but for ongoing support for the School as a whole, including the opportunities it provides for students through the Industrial Design Studentship scheme.

Professor Childs said: “When we first pitched ideas for the Dyson School, we had a vision for a new paradigm for design engineering: the fusion of design and engineering thinking with a culture of innovation and enterprise. Today, we have a fully formed School with over 430 students and 40 staff, a main building, workshop, lecture theatre and laboratories.

"This gift was crucial in supporting the School shortly after its inception and we are extremely pleased to be continuing Imperial’s historic relationship with The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851."

“The College is very appreciative of the Commission’s support for the use of the ‘Old Post Office Building’ for educational purposes, and we are delighted to recognise their contribution towards the refurbishment of the building. This gift was crucial in supporting the School shortly after its inception and we are extremely pleased to be continuing Imperial’s historic relationship with The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.”

President Gast also expressed her gratitude to the Commission and relayed stories from students who had shared how proud they were to be a part of the School and studying in the new building.

Chairman of the Commission, Bernard Taylor CBE, said that he was pleased the Commission was able to continue supporting the College and the advancement of science and engineering within ‘Albertopolis’.