Our mission

We are creating leaders in technology and management, unlocking the potential of people and organisations by partnering with business and governments to deliver transformational research, postgraduate education and professional development.

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Cranfield: an overview

Creating leaders in technology and management

Cranfield's distinctive expertise is in our deep understanding of technology and management and how these work together to benefit the world.

Our education portfolio is renowned for its relevance to business and industry. We are the largest UK provider of master's-level graduates in engineering and offer a flagship MBA, extensive world-class customised executive education and professional development programmes. Our work informs government policy and leads the way in producing cutting edge new technologies and products in partnership with industry.

The research and consultancy we carry out for industry, government and business provides our students with a real-world learning environment, allowing them to develop as professionals and then transfer their knowledge to the global economy. This has always been the 'Cranfield way' but it has never been more important than in today's world.


Maxine

My PhD undoubtedly launched my career in the water industry. It developed my technical knowledge and capability but also gave me a broader foundation in terms of business understanding, leadership and personal resilience, which have helped me throughout all the roles I have had.

Maxine Mayhew, Group Commercial Director

Research excellence

81% of Cranfield’s research is ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’

Research Excellence Framework (REF), 2014.
To see the impact we have on industry, government and businesses around the world, view our research case studies.


Our corporate plan

The corporate plan provides a focus for the effective engagement of the entire Cranfield community towards the realisation of our mission: to create leaders in technology and management. We have identified four strategic priorities, informed by our staff, students, alumni and business partners, which will continue to be our focus over the next three years:

  1. To provide a premier learning experience that enhances the capabilities of individuals and their organisations.
  2. To be recognised for outstanding transformational research that meets the needs of business, government and wider society.
  3. To grow an efficient, effective and sustainable enterprise.
  4. To be renowned for our impact and influence - regionally, nationally and internationally.