is a British postgraduatepublic research university
specialising in science, engineering, technology and management. Cranfield was founded as the College of Aeronautics
) in 1946. Through the 1950s and 1960s, the development of aircraft research led to growth and diversification into other areas such as manufacturing and management, and in 1967, to the founding of the Cranfield School of Management
. In 1969, the College of Aeronautics was renamed the Cranfield Institute of Technology
, was incorporated by royal charter
, gained degree awarding powers, and became a university. In 1993, it adopted its current name.
Cranfield University from the air
Cranfield University AIRC
College of Aeronautics (1946–1969)
Cranfield University was formed in 1946 as the College of Aeronautics, on the then Royal Air Force
base of RAF Cranfield
. A major role was played in the development of the college by Roxbee Cox
, later Lord Kings Norton, who was appointed to be the first governor of the college in 1945 and then served as vice-chair and (from 1962) chair of the board. He led the drive for the college to diversify, with the Cranfield University School of Management
being established in 1967, and petitioned successfully for a royal charter and degree awarding powers. When these were granted in 1969, he became the first chancellor of the Cranfield Institute of Technology, serving until 1997.
Cranfield Institute of Technology (1969–1993)
The Cranfield Institute of Technology was incorporated by royal charter in 1969, giving the institution its own degree-awarding powers and making it a full university in its own right.
Cranfield University (1993–present)
In 1993 the institution's Royal Charter was amended changing its name to Cranfield University.
A decade later in 2003, Cranfield became wholly postgraduate and the Shrivenham site admitted its last undergraduates.
In 2009 Silsoe College was closed and its activities were relocated to the main campus at Cranfield.
Location and campus
Location of Cranfield and Shrivenham campuses in England
Cranfield University Library
Cranfield campus is approximately 50 miles (80 km) north of central London and adjacent to the village of Cranfield,
Bedfordshire. The nearest large towns are Milton Keynes
, the centres of which are both about 8 miles (13 km) away. Cambridge is about 30 miles (48 km) east.
Shrivenham is about 73 miles (117 km) west of London, adjacent to Shrivenham
village, 7 miles (11 km) from the centre of the nearest town, Swindon
, and around 23 miles (37 km) from Oxford
There are a number of companies located on the Cranfield University Technology Park ranging from large international companies to small start-ups. Major companies on the park include:
- The Nissan Technical Centre Europe, which designs and develops cars for the European market. The NTC Europe facility occupies 19,700 square metres (0.0076 square miles) of the Technology Park, representing an investment of £46m by Nissan.
- Innovation Centre: the Technology Park is also the location for a large number of smaller companies.
Prior to 2016:
occupied a 10-acre (40,000 m2
) site for its European Headquarters. A leading company in telematics
, Trafficmaster's advanced technology enables cars and roads to be used more efficiently.
Cranfield University is the academic partner in project with Milton Keynes Council
to establish a new university, code-named MK:U
, in nearby Milton Keynes.
The plan anticipates opening by 2023, with a campus in Central Milton Keynes
In January 2019, the partners announced an international competition to design a new campus near the Central railway station
In May 2019, Santander Bank
announced a 'seed funding' grant of £30 million to help with building and initial running costs.
On 4 July 2019, the shortlisted proposals for the campus were announced.
On 30 July 2019, the evaluation panel announced that Hopkins Architects had produced the winning design.
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Organisation and governance
Cranfield University Vincent Building
Cranfield University Whittle Building
The university's motto, post nubes lux
, means 'after clouds light'.
It is depicted on the university coat of arms
which was introduced when the university was awarded its royal charter
The academic schools are:
Cranfield University's specialist areas of focus, or Cranfield themes, aims to bring a range of academic disciplines together in order to tackle the grand challenges facing the world within a range of industrial and commercial sectors. These are Water, Agrifood, Energy and Power, Aerospace, Manufacturing, Transport Systems, Defence and Security and Business/Management.
Within Cranfield University's postgraduate environment, the academic disciplines work closely together, blending as they do in the commercial world and industry to deliver real world solutions.
- Aeronautical engineering
- Agriculture and agrifood
- Applied Artificial Intelligence
- Automation and control systems
- Business and management
- Chemical engineering
- Civil engineering
- Clean energy
- Computer sciences
- Cyber Security
- Design and innovation
- Ecology and sustainability
- Economics and finance
- Electrical and electronic engineering
- Energy and power
- Environmental sciences
- Instruments and instrumentation
- Design and innovation
- International relations
- Life sciences
- Manufacturing engineering
- Materials sciences and engineering
- Mathematics and statistics
- Mechanical engineering
- Meteorology and atmospheric sciences
- Military sciences
- Plant and soil science
- Renewable energy
- Social sciences
- Systems sciences
- Transportation science and technology
- Water sciences
As an exclusively postgraduate university, Cranfield University is excluded from the Times Higher Education World University Rankings
, The Times
World Rankings, The Complete University Guide
and The Guardian
, which focuses on helping prospective undergraduate students to compare universities. As the university is postgraduate, direct comparison with undergraduate institutions is difficult. Some key facts and figures are:
- Cranfield University is in the top 1% of institutions in the world for alumni who hold CEO positions at the world's top companies, according to the Centre for World University Rankings, 2017.
- Cranfield School of Management's full-time one-year MBA programme was named 7th in the world and 1st in the UK and its MSc in Finance and Management was named 6th in the world and 2nd in the UK by the Times Higher Education/Wall Street Journal in 2018.
- Cranfield School of Management's is ranked 80th in the world for business and economics by THE 2018.
- Cranfield University is ranked 39th (2019) in the world and was ranked 27th in the world (2015) for mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering by the QS World University Rankings in 2015.
- Cranfield University is ranked 9th in UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) for Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing engineering. It is ranked 2nd in terms of Research Power, and 6th in terms of research Output Quality with 81% achieving 3*-4* research activity.
- Cranfield has received the Queen's Anniversary Prize six times: in 2005 for Further and Higher Education for the Fellowship in Manufacturing Management (FMM) programme; in 2007 for its role in humanitarian demining; in 2011 for contribution to aviation safety through research and training in accident investigation; in 2015 for its work in water and sanitation; in 2017 for its research and education in large-scale soil and environmental data for the sustainable use of natural resources. and in 2019 for the work of the National Flying Laboratory Centre;
- Students on Cranfield's Global Security programme were awarded the Imbert Prize in 2006, 2008 and 2009 for the development of ideas for the advancement of risk and security management in the UK.
In 2015/16, 49% of Cranfield University's students were from the United Kingdom
, 25% from Europe
and 26% from the rest of the world. Cranfield University's student to staff ratio is 5:1, second among all UK universities.
More than half of Cranfield University's students are over 30 years of age.
Cranfield University has links with business, industry and governments. Cranfield University has mutually beneficial relationships with nearly 1,500 organisations around the world including small owner-managed SMEs to large multinational conglomerates; British and international universities, non-government organisations and governments. Some of Cranfield's close partnerships include Airbus
, Rolls-Royce Group
, Grant Thornton
, BAE Systems
, Lockheed Martin
, British Airways
, Metro Bank
, Royal Dutch Shell
, Jaguar Land Rover
, Oracle Corporation
, to name just a few.
Cranfield University has links with more than 130 universities in the Americas, Asia and Oceania, Europe, Middle East and Africa.
The university collaborates with the Singapore University of Social Sciences
(SUSS) on SUSS's BEng Aerospace Systems.
The IMRC – Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre at Cranfield University is a project funded by the EPSRC
(Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) undertaking research that addresses issues identified in the UK government's High Value Manufacturing strategy.
Cranfield University Student Accommodation
Facilities at the Cranfield University campus include a sports centre, which incorporates a fitness centre and aerobics studio, playing fields, sports pitches and several tennis courts. On campus there are two small shops, one run by the CSA and one by Budgens
. There is a limited range of eateries open during mealtimes, two Costa Coffee
outlets, and one bar, also run by the CSA, which is open intermittently Monday to Friday.
Cranfield Students Association (CSA) is the students' union
and runs the main student bar, cafe and shop on the Cranfield campus. It is based in building 114 close to the centre of the campus.
The CSA is run by a team of elected students and supported by a small team of staff. The aim of the CSA is to support and represent Cranfield University students, promote student welfare and organise social, cultural and sporting activities.
At the Cranfield University campus there are a wide range of accommodation options for full-time students, from halls of residence to shared houses, apartments for couples and houses for families.
For part-time students, there are two options available – the 186-room Cranfield Management Development Centre and the 114-room Mitchell Hall, both of which are situated on campus.
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Cranfield University has a number of notable academic staff and alumni, including politicians, business people, entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists, authors, and TV personalities.
Cranfield University is in the top 1% of institutions in the world for alumni who hold CEO positions at the world's top companies according to the Centre for World University Rankings, 2017.
- Nader Al-Dahabi - Former prime minister of Jordan
- Akinwunmi Ambode - Governor Lagos State, Nigeria
- Michael Bear (Lord Mayor) - The 683rd Lord Mayor of London
- Karan Bilimoria – Founder and Chairman, Cobra Beer Ltd
- Crispin Blunt – Member of Parliament for Reigate
- Andy Bond – Former CEO, Asda
- Clifford Braimah - Managing Director Ghana Water Company Limited
- Winnie Byanyima - Executive director of Oxfam International
- L. J. Clancy – author of Aerodynamics (1975)
- Nigel Doughty - Former co-chairman and co-founder of Doughty Hanson & Co
- Warren East – CEO, Rolls-Royce Holdings
- Andy Harrison – CEO, Whitbread
- John Hull – Professor of Derivatives and Risk Management at the University of Toronto
- Antony Jenkins – former Group Chief Executive, Barclays
- Nick Jenkins – Founder of online greetings card retailer Moonpig, former "dragon" on the BBC Two business series Dragons' Den
- Stathis Kefallonitis - Scientist & Professor State University of New York at Oswego
- Siddhartha Lal - Chief executive officer and Managing Director of Eicher Motors, and Chairman & Managing Director of VE Commercial Vehicles
- Martin Lamb – Chief Executive, IMI plc
- Samer Majali - Former CEO of Royal Jordanian airlines
- Charlie Mayfield – Chairman, John Lewis Partnership
- John McFarlane – Executive Chairman, Barclays
- Lara Morgan – Founder, Company Shortcuts
- Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu - robotics engineer at NASA
- Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada - Served as Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources
- Andy Palmer - CEO, Aston Martin
- Ted Tuppen – CEO, Enterprise Inns Plc
- James Vowles - Chief Strategist of Mercedes Formula 1 team
- Sarah Willingham –entrepreneur and former "dragon" on the BBC Two business series Dragons' Den
- Balakrishnan Suresh -Air Marshal and Chief of WAC in Indian Air Force
Cranfield University Birdseye view
Cranfield University CMRI
Cranfield University IMEC
Cranfield University Sports Hall
C4D Building, the Centre for Creative Competitive Design, opened 2010
Army helicopter display team, graduation 2004
RAF Red Arrows display team, Shrivenham graduation, July 2003
The new Vincent Building's interior, June 2008
Boeing 737 G-DOCB arrives at Cranfield University
Cranfield University C4D Centre for Design
Cranfield University Library
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