When the coronavirus pandemic hit, we made an unwavering commitment to the health, safety and wellbeing of our Cranfield community. We made sure that the best interests of our students, our staff and the local community were at the heart of all the decisions we made.

Safety first

Our sites were transformed with designated entry and exit points, one-way systems, increased signage, controlled access and frequent deep cleaning for all our facilities and on-campus accommodation.

The number of cases at Cranfield continues to be significantly lower than the UK higher education sector average and we committed to be completely transparent, publishing a weekly tracker of staff and student cases on our website.

Our staff and students have behaved responsibly and followed the guidance. You can read the latest version of 'Keeping yourself and others safe', created for all our students.

A unique learning environment

Our rural location and large-scale facilities have always given our students the space to pursue their studies in a unique environment. In times like we're experiencing now, that’s especially important.

Our University sites offer open spaces which are great for taking a break in the fresh air or for use as alternative study areas.

Adapting to changing circumstances

Changes in UK Government guidance, in light of a rapidly-changing situation, have meant that we have had to be agile in our communications and decision-making.

During periods of lockdown and national restrictions, we have supported our students and this has been reported in the media:

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For face-to-face teaching, which has been subject to UK Government rules, we have created new protocols and processes to ensure social distancing and a safe environment. Research laboratories have been accessible for students’ use, accommodating social distancing and hygiene measures.

We opened a walk-through coronavirus testing centre on our Cranfield campus in October 2020 and set up a Lateral Flow Testing centre as another way of keeping our students safe.

Ensuring our students have a unique Cranfield experience

The world needs talented people like our Cranfield students more than ever.

We are committed to providing all of our students with an outstanding, practical education and, throughout the pandemic, our staff have risen to the challenge.

We have retained all the elements that our students and industry partners tell us make a Cranfield degree special: hands-on and applied learning in small tutorials, group projects and opportunities to develop study skills. Our staff-to-student ratio is one of the best for any university in the UK (one member of academic staff to every five students) and that won't change.

You can read more about how our online learning has complemented our face-to-face teaching.

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