Cranfield University Crest
Cranfield Institute of Technology|
College of Aeronautics
Royal Military College of Science
Latin: Post Nubes Lux;|
"Out of darkness, light"
|Established||1946, incorporated by Royal Charter in 1969|
|Chancellor||Baroness Young of Old Scone|
|Vice-Chancellor||Sir Peter Gregson|
|Visitor||HRH The Duke of Kent|
Cranfield University is a British postgraduate and research-based public university specialising in science, engineering, technology and management. It contains two campuses; the main campus is at Cranfield, Bedfordshire, and the second is the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom at Shrivenham, southwest Oxfordshire. The main campus is unique in the United Kingdom for having a semi-operational airport (Cranfield Airport) on campus. The airport facilities are used by Cranfield University's own aircraft in the course of aerospace teaching and research.
Cranfield was founded as the College of Aeronautics in 1946, and became a university in its own right as the Cranfield Institute of Technology in 1969.
College of Aeronautics (1946-1969)
Cranfield University was formed in 1946 as the College of Aeronautics, on the former Royal Air Force base of RAF Cranfield, which opened in 1937. Together with other individuals, Stafford Cripps was instrumental in the foundation of the original college in 1946, from which the university developed. The Vice-Chancellor's building is known as "Stafford-Cripps".
Between 1955 and 1969 a period of diversification took place. In 1967 the college presented the Privy Council with a petition for the grant of a Royal Charter along with a draft charter for a new institution to be called Cranfield Institute of Technology.
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.
Since then the former National College of Agricultural Engineering established at Silsoe near Luton, Bedfordshire, in the 1960s, was incorporated. This was relocated to the Cranfield campus and closed for teaching undergraduates in 2007 whilst retaining some postgraduate courses.
An academic partnership with the Royal Military College of Science (RMCS) at Shrivenham was formed in 1984. RMCS, whose roots can be traced back to 1772, is now a part of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom and now forms the Defence College of Management and Technology, known as 'DCMT' and from 2009 as "Cranfield Defence and Security". RMCS became wholly postgraduate in c.2007 with undergraduate courses moved elsewhere.
Cranfield University (1993-present)
In 1993 the institution's Royal Charter was amended to change its name to Cranfield University. (Cranfield had been a full university in every sense since its original Royal Charter of 1969, but the new name was intended to better reflect Cranfield's work in disciplines outside the 'technology' area, such as management and defence.) A decade later in 2003, Cranfield became wholly postgraduate and the Shrivenham site admitted its last undergraduates. In 2006, it was decided that activities on the Silsoe site would be relocated to the main campus at Cranfield. As a result, a substantial building programme was undertaken on Cranfield campus, including the provision of departmental buildings and additional accommodation (Stringfellow and Chilver Halls), and Silsoe-based staff were transferred to Cranfield.
Location and campus
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 and Bedford, the centres of which are both about 8 miles (13 km) away. Cambridge is about 30 miles (48 km) east.
Bedford, Milton Keynes, Oxford and Swindon all have fast rail services to central London terminuses, good access to the main motorway network and London Heathrow airport.
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.
- Invar Systems Limited, a major supplier of Warehouse Control Systems and Warehouse Management Systems to clients in the UK, Europe and USA. The company occupies modern air-conditioned offices with excellent facilities for clients and staff.
- Innovation Centre: the Technology Park is also the location for a large number of smaller companies.
Prior to 2016:
- Trafficmaster plc 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.
An extension to the Technology Park was completed in 2008. A new Aerospace Park on the north-eastern part of the campus is planned.
Organisation and governance
The academic schools are:
- School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing, known as SATM, incorporating the original College of Aeronautics, has a wide range of experimental research facilities for masters and doctoral students and commercial clients;
- School of Water, Energy and Environment, known as SWEE;
- School of Management, known as SoM;
- Cranfield Defence and Security, known as CDS, at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom's Shrivenham site (formerly the Defence College of Management and Technology/Royal Military College of Science).
- 1969–1997: Harold Roxbee Cox, Baron Kings Norton
- 1998–2010: Richard Vincent, Baron Vincent of Coleshill
- 2010–present: Baroness Young of Old Scone
- 1970–1989: Henry Chilver, Baron Chilver
- 1989–2006: Frank Robinson Hartley
- 2007–2013: Sir John O'Reilly
- 2013–present: Sir Peter Gregson
Reputation and rankings
As the university is postgraduate, direct comparison with undergraduate institutions is difficult. Some key facts and figures are:
- Cranfield’s staff:student ratio is second among UK universities.
- Cranfield School of Management was ranked 3rd best European Business School within the UK and 13th within Europe in 2008. Its MBA is ranked 37th in the world according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (2013). The Financial Times ranked Cranfield's MBA 38th best in the world in 2013.
- 54% of all aerospace engineering postgraduates and 25% of all agricultural and environmental sciences postgraduates in the UK graduate at Cranfield.
- Over 10% of the UK’s engineering and sciences PhDs are awarded by Cranfield.
- Cranfield has received the Queen's Anniversary Prize three times: in 2005 for Further and Higher Education for the Fellowship in Manufacturing Management (FMM) programme; in 2007 for its role in humanitarian demining; and in 2011 for contribution to aviation safety through research and training in accident investigation.
- 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.
Cranfield Students Association (CSA) is the students' union and runs the main student bar, cafe and shop on the Cranfield campus. The student newspaper is called "Entropy". Kelechi Anyaoha is the President of Cranfield Students Association for 2016/2017.
- Staff, honorary graduates and dignitaries, Shrivenham graduation 2003
- 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
- Lanchester Hall
- Kent House
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- Royal School of Military Survey
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