Cranfield University coat of arms
Cranfield Institute of Technology|
College of Aeronautics
Latin: Post Nubes Lux;|
"After clouds light"
|Established||1946, incorporated by Royal Charter and university status in 1969|
|Chancellor||Baroness Young of Old Scone|
|Vice-Chancellor||Sir Peter Gregson |
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 at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom at Shrivenham, southwest Oxfordshire. The main campus is unique in the United Kingdom and Europe for having a semi-operational airport (Cranfield Airport) on campus. Cranfield University owns and operates the airport. 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. Through the 1950s and 1960s, the development of many aspects of aircraft research and design led to considerable growth and diversification into other areas such as manufacturing and management. In 1967, the Cranfield School of Management was founded. In 1969, the College of Aeronautics became The Cranfield Institute of Technology incorporated by Royal Charter and gained degree awarding powers and became a university in its own right. In 1993, it adopted its current name - Cranfield University.
Cranfield University's motto, 'post nubes lux', means 'after clouds light'. It is depicted on the Cranfield University coat of arms which was introduced when the University was awarded its Royal Charter.
- 1 History
- 2 Location and campus
- 3 Organisation and governance
- 4 Academic profile
- 5 Student life
- 6 Notable alumni
- 7 Gallery
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 Further reading
- 11 External links
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)
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 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
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.
The Cranfield campus sits within the Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford corridor which plans to link the cities and stimulate economic growth. The proposed corridor includes plans for more than one million new houses by 2050, including up to five new garden towns to be approved; the reestablishment of a strategic railway connecting East Anglia with Central, Southern and Western England, In particular, it plans to build (or rebuild) a new line linking Oxford and Cambridge via Bicester, Milton Keynes (at Bletchley) and Bedford called East West Rail; and plans for a Oxford to Cambridge Expressway which is a proposed grade-separated dual carriageway between Oxford and Cambridge, via (or near) Milton Keynes. There are also plans for a tram system between Milton Keynes and Cranfield University, although this is still at an early planning stage.
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:
- 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, Lord Kings Norton
- 1998–2010: Richard Vincent, Lord Vincent of Coleshill
- 2010–present: Baroness Young of Old Scone
- 1970–1989: Henry Chilver, Lord Chilver
- 1989–2006: Frank Robinson Hartley
- 2006–2013: Sir John (James) O'Reilly
- 2013–present: Sir Peter Gregson
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
- 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
Reputation and rankings
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Cranfield University consistently performs well in the major school and programme specific rankings, reinforcing its position as a top global university.
As an exclusively postgraduate university, Cranfield University is excluded from the Times Higher Education World 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’s staff:student ratio is second among UK universities.
- Cranfield University are 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 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.
- Cranfield University was ranked 27th in the world for mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering by the QS World University Rankings in 2015.
- 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 five 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; and in 2017 for its research and education in large-scale soil and environmental data for the sustainable use of natural resources.
- 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 strong 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, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Ford, BP, British Airways, PWC, L'Oréal, Royal Dutch Shell, Jaguar Land Rover, Oracle Corporation, PepsiCo, Unilever, to name just a few.
Cranfield University has close 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.
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. There are wide range of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars available for students and staff.
Cranfield Students Association (CSA) is the students' union and runs the main student bar, cafe and shop on the Cranfield campus. Nithya Subramanian is the President of Cranfield Students Association for 2018/2019.
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.
Cranfield University has a number of notable academic staff and alumni, including politicians, business people, entrepreneurs, engineers, 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.
- Nick Jenkins – Founder of online greetings card retailer Moonpig, former "dragon" on the BBC Two business series Dragons' Den
- Karan Bilimoria – Founder and Chairman, Cobra Beer Ltd
- Crispin Blunt – Member of Parliament for Reigate
- Andy Bond – Former CEO, Asda
- L. J. Clancy – author of Aerodynamics (1975)
- Warren East – CEO, Rolls-Royce Holdings
- Andy Palmer - CEO, Aston Martin
- Andy Harrison – CEO, Whitbread
- Nader Al-Dahabi - Former prime minister of Jordan
- John Hull – Professor of Derivatives and Risk Management at the University of Toronto
- Antony Jenkins – former Group Chief Executive, Barclays
- Ahmed Aly - CEO, Nile Air
- Martin Lamb – Chief Executive, IMI plc
- Riz Lateef – Main presenter, BBC London News
- Charlie Mayfield – Chairman, John Lewis Partnership
- John McFarlane – Executive Chairman, Barclays
- Lara Morgan – Founder, Company Shortcuts
- Ted Tuppen – CEO, Enterprise Inns Plc
- Sarah Willingham – founder of letssavesomemoney.com, former owner of Bombay Bicycle Club and former "dragon" on the BBC Two business series Dragons' Den
- Francois Caudron - Vice President of Marketing, Airbus
- Akinwunmi Ambode - Governor Lagos State, Nigeria
- Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada - Served as Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources
- Nigel Doughty - Former co-chairman and co-founder of Doughty Hanson & Co
- Siddhartha Lal - Chief executive officer and Managing Director of Eicher Motors, and Chairman & Managing Director of VE Commercial Vehicles
- Michael Bear (Lord Mayor) - The 683rd Lord Mayor of London
- Samer Majali - Former CEO of Royal Jordanian airlines
- Winnie Byanyima - Executive director of Oxfam International
- Clifford Braimah - Managing Director Ghana Water Company Limited
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