James Dyson is set to replace Terence Conran as provost of the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London
In August next year, the industrial designer (pictured) will take up the role which involves conferring degrees and presiding over official meetings.
Dyson said: ‘The UK needs to rediscover its talent for making things. At the RCA the efforts of engineers, designers and scientists converge. I look forward to a period of inventiveness, productivity and collaboration of brilliant minds.
‘I discovered engineering here under the guidance of Tony Hunt and have enjoyed watching the RCA’s output ever since. Thanks to Terence Conran’s ambition and foresight, the College will continue to grow.’
Terence Conran, who has served as provost for the past six years added: ‘[RCA’s] continued success is key to the economic revitalisation of our country and I say to our politicians, ignore the creativity and innovation of our talented young students at our peril.’
An RCA graduate, Dyson was an advisor to the Conservative party in the run up to general election. His ‘Ingenious Britain’ paper called on the government to reawaken Britain’s creativity and ‘competitive spirit’.