- Cranfield University is a wholly postgraduate institution it has it's main campus in Cranfield, Bedfordshire. There is another campus at Shrivenham in Wiltshire. Its main focuses are in engineering, technology and defence and this is seen through its long standing connections (and origins) with the RAF and the military in general.
There are a wide range of courses and research on offer in the specialist areas of aerospace, automotive, bioscience, energy, environment, management, manufacturing, security and defence.
Cranfield has good student employment prospects, 93% of graduates are in employment or further education within 6 month of graduation. The university has good links with the industries which its degrees focus on. Cranfield is a small university with only 3,700 students.
At Cranfield campus the Kings Norton Library and the Management Information and Resource Centre are well-stocked as you would expect, with electronic resources including access to nearly 200 databases and over 8,500 electronic journal titles. The Shrivenham campus library has portal access from desktop PCs to over 16 million journal articles and 1,600 e-books, in addition to the 116,000 books, reports and series in physical form.
IT and computing
There are over 500 workstations available in open-access areas across campus and a IT Service Desk to support you. Software and services over the University networks are available up to 24 hours a day, throughout the year. The Computer Centre at the Shrivenham campus houses the latest hardware and software as well as offering tuition in a range of IT skills.
Cranfield campus has a Sports Hall as well as outdoor facilities including a netball court, tennis courts, a full-size cricket pitch and a football pitch. The Fitness Centre provides a resistance suite, cardio suite and an aerobics studio. At the Shrivenham campus there are riding stables, a heated outdoor swimming pool, a gym and a golf course.
Support and welfare services at both campuses include a free and confidential counselling service and professional support for international students, families and those with particular needs.
Both campuses have access to medical facilities locally or on-site. At Cranfield this includes a medical centre as well as chiropody, physiotherapy, reflexology and massage. There is also have a dental surgery on campus. The medical centre at Shrivenham campus is available for military students while civilian students can register at a local surgery.
Cranfield campus has a general store, a Post Office, a bank, a garage/petrol station, and an on-campus café bookshop stocking textbooks, cards and gifts. Comprehensive shopping facilities can be found in nearby Milton Keynes and Bedford. At Shrivenham, the village is well-served with shops, a bank and Post Office, while the nearest towns Faringdon and Highworth are both 6.5 km away with Swindon only 10 km away.
There are a number of coffee shops, bars and dining areas on both campuses serving a variety of food to suit all tastes. Pubs and restaurants in nearby towns are also easily accessible.
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There is a Natwest bank on the Cranfield campus and at Shrivenham there is a bank in the village.
For Cranfield students, those planning to live off-campus may need to use a car. However, as well as the commuter bus transport which runs twice a day to Bedford, there are various public buses which go to nearby Bedford and Milton Keynes. There is also a free shuttle service to Milton Keynes station, shops and the coachway, leaving and returning to the campus regularly six days a week. For Shrivenham-based students, a regular bus service to Swindon and Oxford is available.
There is help for current students and graduates on all aspects of the job search process. The Careers Advisors provide advice and assistance with career counselling, employment and further study opportunities.
The university advise you to think carefully before deciding to work while you are studying. You will be very busy academically, and should do nothing that will jeopardise your studies.
Many faiths are represented on Cranfield campus. There is an ecumenical chapel where Christian groups meet and Roman Catholic mass is celebrated, a Mosque for daily and Friday prayers as well as Qur’an study and Eid and Ramadan observations. There are also close links with local places of worship. At Shrivenham campus a college chaplaincy team is assisted by clergy from the local communities. An inter-dominational Chaplaincy Centre is centrally located on site and used for worship and meetings during the week. A separate prayer room is available for those from non-Christian faiths.
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Bars, pubs and clubs
Cranfield has its own bars with plenty of entertainment options including games and film nights, bands, discos and karaoke, and in nearby Bedford and Milton Keynes there are a wealth of drinking and dining venues. At the Shrivenham campus each Mess has its own self-service dining room offering a bar, TV rooms, snooker room, while the nearby villages Shrivenham and Watchfield have pubs and restaurants within walking distance.
At Cranfield campus, the Community Development Office offers a full programme of events both on and off the campus. These include sightseeing visits, theatre, concert and museum trips as well as occasional visits to other European countries. The Cranfield Students’ Association (CSA) also puts on many events. Similarly, at Shrivenham campus, the CSA organises a variety of entertainment and social events.
Clubs and societies
At Cranfield University you’ll find a wide range of cultural, recreational and sporting societies supported by the Cranfield Students’ Association (CSA). If there isn’t a club representing your interest, you can set one up!
The Cranfield campus is based just outside the village of Cranfield, between the towns of Milton Keynes and Bedford.
Milton Keynes is just 10 km from the campus. It hosts leisure facilities including a huge shopping centre, drinking and dining venues, a snow dome and ten-pin bowling, a theatre and the Milton Keynes Bowl concert venue.
The historic riverside town of Bedford is about 15 km from the campus. It has a variety of shopping facilities, a picturesque embankment, specialist markets, an art gallery, museums, and is home to the Bedford Blues rugby team.
What's more, at Cranfield you'll be only an hour by road or rail to London, Oxford and Cambridge.
On the Cranfield campus you can choose from self-catering shared houses, houses for families; studio apartments for couples and three halls of residence.
In the 2008 Times Higher World University Rankings Cranfield’s top achievements included being ranked:
Second in the UK and the World in the international student category Top in the UK for staff to student ratio, taking 11th place in the World
Cranfield was ranked third in the UK for the impact of its research in mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering by the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) carried out by the UK’s higher education funding bodies.
Postgraduate study requires a commitment in terms of both time and money.
You can attend one of the open days to find out more about Cranfield University and the programs offered programmes. You can meet course directors and current students.
You can register now at www.cranfield.ac.uk/openday
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