Cranfield Safety and Accident Investigation Centre (CSAIC)

Cranfield Safety and Accident Investigation Centre

The Cranfield Safety and Accident Investigation Centre (CSAIC) is dedicated to high-quality teaching, research and consultancy in transportation safety management, human factors, airworthiness and incident/accident investigation.

Our work has been recognised through a 2011 Queen’s Anniversary Prize for world-leading work in aviation safety through research and training in aircraft accident investigation – the highest award that can be presented to a UK academic institution. It was recognised again in 2013 through the Richard Teller Crane Founders Award from the Flight Safety Foundation for its sustained corporate leadership in aviation safety.

Our graduates go on to design, maintain, regulate and operate civil and military aircraft, airports and air navigation systems around the world. Many organisations choose us to enhance their operational capabilities through research and training. This includes national investigation agencies such as AAIB, BEA, BFU, MAIB and RAIB; manufacturers such as Airbus and Rolls-Royce; operators such as Emirates, British Airways, easyJet, Thomson Airways and Cathay Pacific; and regulators such as EASA, CAA and HKCAD.

We are able to utilise the University’s unique facilities including our three flight deck simulators, two cabin simulators, National Flying Laboratory Centre, Boeing 737 aircraft and Accident Investigation Laboratory to enhance our teaching and research. These are based on the campus adjacent to the University’s own airport.

Our People

    The Safety and Accident Investigation Centre draws upon a strong mix of academics and industrialists to deliver its research and teaching. We value industrial and research experience highly and our team has first hand experience in managing airline and military aircraft operations, accident investigation, crashworthiness, design and certification. Our permanent academic staff are supported by a large group of over 100 visiting professors and lecturers.

Our facilities and resources

Postgraduate degrees full-time

Postgraduate degrees part-time

Professional development (CPD)


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