I hope you and your family are safe and well.
I’d like to thank you for your patience and understanding while we have been developing our plans for the coming academic year. At a time of global uncertainty, I’m sure you will agree it is important to take the time to fully consider all options.
I’m confident that the decisions we have taken are the right ones to protect your health and to enable you to enjoy the unique Cranfield experience.
- From September, the Cranfield and Shrivenham sites will be open, following strict guidelines to protect your health and safety and to enable social distancing.
- From September, most courses will be delivered from our sites, incorporating both face-to-face and online learning (including live online).
- Face-to-face learning will only take place in small groups where social distancing is possible.
- Research laboratories will be accessible for students’ use and they will be managed to accommodate social distancing and hygiene measures.
- Lectures that would normally involve larger groups of students will be delivered online.
- Welcome Week will be a mix of small, socially-distanced, face-to-face registration sessions and online orientation.
Reshaping your learning
- Each course is unique, and arrangements are being tailored accordingly.
- These new models of course delivery retain the distinctive features of a Cranfield degree, including strong involvement from our industrial partners.
- There are a small number of courses where we have developed options that will enable you to make a personal choice about how you learn, with a fully online option available, including where your course is being funded by your employer. This predominantly applies to students joining the School of Management.
Keeping you safe
There is nothing more important to us than your health and wellbeing. In addition to the plans outlined above:
- We are currently making physical changes to the Cranfield campus to ensure social distancing guidance is easy to implement for students and staff. These include one-way systems, designated entry and exit points, increased signage, and hand sanitiser stations.
- We recognise that students may wish to wear a face covering and we will support those who wish to do so. Should you need to replace a face covering while on site, we have a supply of face masks that can be used. Face coverings are expected to be worn for all face-to-face teaching until further notice.
- We have introduced more frequent deep cleaning schedules for our facilities.
- There are similar plans at the Defence Academy site at Shrivenham.
Your Cranfield experience
I know that there are many reasons you have applied to Cranfield. No doubt many of you will have spoken to our alumni, who will have told about the practical learning and industry links that make our University a stand-out choice. We are fortunate that much of our ethos as a specialist postgraduate university has always been on small group learning. We also take great pride in bringing together people from all around the world, with students and staff of different cultures and backgrounds learning from each other. Of course, at least at the start of the next academic year, that may look a little different. I want you to know that we’re not just reshaping the learning experience, we’re also working hard to introduce new ways of helping you to meet, work and socialise with other students.
Preparing for the unexpected
While lockdown measures are being relaxed in the UK, and other countries, it is difficult to predict what could happen over the coming months. In developing the online elements of our courses for current and future students, we have built in the flexibility to move quickly to an online-only delivery, should this be temporarily required in the future.
Help and support
I know that the events of the last six months will have affected you in many different ways, and that there will be ongoing disruption to global travel. Some of you have expressed an interest in pursuing your Cranfield degree from your home country, at least for part of the next academic year. While we can’t address everyone’s individual circumstances in this message, I would urge you to talk to us if there is anything we may be able to help you with.
Looking to the future
Right now, global news can be difficult to read and hear. But challenging times provide the opportunity to reflect on what’s important, to start something new, and to pursue a career you’ve always hoped for.
Our alumni often tell us that their time at Cranfield marked a real change from their undergraduate experience or previous work; and that our rural location allowed them the space and stillness to concentrate on their studies.
When you come to Cranfield, you’ll be investing in your own skills and development, and we will be here to support you to achieve everything you want to.
Focus on the positives, because I have no doubt that people with the kind of skills you’ll develop at Cranfield will be exactly what the world needs when we begin to emerge from this pandemic.
Take care of yourselves, and your friends and family.
Professor Sir Peter Gregson
Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor