Cranfield University Crest
|Motto||Latin: Post Nubes Lux;
"Out of darkness, light"
|Established||1993 - gained University Statutes by Royal Charter
1969 - Cranfield Institute of Technology incorporated by Royal Charter
1946 - College of Aeronautics
|Chancellor||Baroness Young of Old Scone|
|Vice-Chancellor||Prof Sir Peter Gregson  (from 1 August 2013)|
|Visitor||HRH The Duke of Kent|
|Former names||Cranfield Institute of Technology; College of Aeronautics; Silsoe College; Royal Military College of Science|
Cranfield University is a British postgraduate and research-based university with two campuses. The main campus is at Cranfield, Bedfordshire and the second is the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom at Shrivenham, Oxfordshire. The main campus is unique in the United Kingdom for having an operational airport (Cranfield Airport) next to the main campus. The airport facilities are used by Cranfield University's own aircraft in the course of aerospace teaching and research. The university has connections in India and Australia.
The university was formed in 1946 as the College of Aeronautics on the former Royal Air Force base of RAF Cranfield which opened in 1937. (See also entries on Harold Roxbee Cox, Sir Stafford Cripps and Roy Fedden, all individuals associated with the foundation of the original College of Aeronautics). 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. 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 in 2007. 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". In 1993 a Royal Charter changed the institution's name to Cranfield University.
The first 50 year history of Cranfield University is described comprehensively, but concisely, by the book Field of Vision.
In 2003, the then RMCS 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 program 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.
Cranfield campus is approximately 50 miles (80 km) north of central London and adjacent to the village of Cranfield, Bedfordshire. The nearest main 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.
The five academic Schools are:
- School of Engineering, known as SoE, incorporating the original College of Aeronautics, has a wide range of experimental research facilities for masters and doctoral students and commercial clients;
- School of Applied Sciences, known as SAS and formerly the School of Industrial and Manufacturing Science (SIMS);
- Cranfield School of Management, known as SoM;
- Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS), Shrivenham (formerly the Defence College of Management and Technology/Royal Military College of Science);
- Cranfield Health, opened in 2008 by Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, Chief Medical Officer (1998–2010) for England and an honorary graduate of the university.
Ranking and evaluation 
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 is the only university in the UK to have its own airfield.
- Cranfield’s commercial clients include airports, airlines, Formula 1 teams, banks, financial institutions, commercial and not-for-profit organisations. They have strategic relationships Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, Boeing, Shell and Nissan.
- Cranfield School of Management was ranked 3rd best European Business School within the UK and 13th within Europe in 2008.
- Cranfield’s 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.
Student life 
Notable alumni 
Former Chancellors 
Former Vice Chancellors 
Technology Park 
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 (212,050 sq ft) 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.
- Trafficmaster plc occupies 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.
- Innovation Centre: the Technology Park is also the location for a large number of smaller companies.
An extension to the Technology Park was completed in 2008. A new Aerospace Park on the north-eastern part of the campus is planned.
See also 
- Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements
- Fellowship in Manufacturing Management (FMM)
- Royal School of Military Survey
- Cranfield Experiments
- Cranfield Institute
- Cranfield University Integrated Vehicle Health Management Centre
- "The Arms of the University". Cranfield University. Retrieved 14 July 2007.
- Cranfield University press release 18 February 2013, accessed 22 February 2013
- "Table 0a - All students by institution, mode of study, level of study, gender and domicile 2006/07" (Microsoft Excel spreadsheet). Higher Education Statistics Agency. Retrieved 7 April 2008.
- "Cranfield Australia". Cranfield.ac.uk. Retrieved 2010-06-14.
- Coalition courses - The Guardian, 7 August 2007
- "RAF Cranfield, College of Aeronautics and subsequent history leading to postgraduate University status". Cranfield University. Retrieved 9 January 2008.
- "Cranfield University 2008 Prospectus". Cranfield University. Retrieved 23 September 2008.
- Barker, Revel; Field of Vision - The First 50 Years, Cranfield University Press, 1996, ISBN 1-871315-60-3
- "Analysis: Military redeploys intellectual might". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 26 December 2009.
- "Cranfield Village Newsletter including a history and information on the airfield". Cranfield Parish Council.
- "Financial Times 2008 rankings". Financial Times. 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-10.
- Economist Intelligence Unit. "Which MBA - 2007 rankings -The Economist".
- Financial Times. "Global MBA rankings".
- The Queen's Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education
- 2011 Queens Anniversary awards
- Sims, Brian (2006-08-03). "Burrill, Cahalane and Finch win Imbert Prizes". Info4Security. Retrieved 2009-06-26.
- "ASC lunch". Professional Security Magazine. 2008-06-30. Retrieved 2009-06-26.
- Sims, Brian (2009-06-30). "Policing with a Brain: the 2009 ASC Annual Luncheon". Info4Security. Retrieved 2009-06-30.
- "Sir John O'Reilly". Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, UK. Archived from the original on 7 June 2007. Retrieved 9 June 2007.
- "Sir John O'Reilly". Cranfield University - Biography. Retrieved 18 March 2009.
- "Nissan UK". Nissan, UK. Retrieved 2007-06-10.
- "Invar Systems Limited". Invar Systems Limited. Retrieved 2010-07-20.
- "Trafficmaster plc". Trafficmaster plc. Retrieved 2007-06-10.
Main website 
Direction and campus maps 
Cranfield campus 
Shrivenham campus 
- Shrivenham campus location map
- For security reasons a detailed map of Shrivenham campus is not available on-line
- The Cranfield Trust Offers free management advice for charities
- Cranfield Technology Park
- Cranfield Impact Centre
- Cranfield Students Association
- Link to Google satellite view of main runway and Cranfield village to the east; at May 2009 view shown is ca.0600, March 2007. Work on the new Cranfield Health building (south side) and Halls of Residence (north side) are visible but ground clearance for the new Sports Hall (north west) had only just begun and Cranfield Health not yet started.
- Link to Bing Bird's Eye view of Cranfield University and Cranfield Village; Work on the new Cranfield Health building (south side) and Halls of Residence (north side) also visible is the sports hall.
- LandIS, the Land Information System A substantial environmental information system operated by Cranfield. Has soil and related information for England and Wales including mapping, soil property and agro-climatological data. It is the largest system of its kind in Europe and recognised by government as the definitive source of national soils information.
- C4D, the Centre for Creative Competitive Design