March 2018

Some highlights of Cranfield University's media coverage from March 2018.

BBC World Service

Professor Ann Fitz-Gerald discusses the appointment of Dr Abiye Ahmed Ali as the Ethiopian Prime Minister. Ann also wrote an article on this subject, which was featured on Royal United Services Institute.

The Times

Extensive coverage of the launch of Cranfield being appointed as lead education provider for MK:U. Read the full story. This story was also covered online and on television by the BBC and ITV, and on BBC Three Counties and Heart Four Counties radio stations. Further coverage included Times Higher Education, University World News, Research Professional, ADS Advance, nine trade press outlets and four local media outlets. 

The Engineer

Professor Rajkumar Roy is quoted in an article that discusses 'engineering for life', considering a product's entire life cycle at the point of manufacture. Read the full story.


Professor Richard Wilding provides his expertise on the KFC supply chain issues. Read the full article. Richard also discussed this topic on Leading Britain's Conversation (LBC Radio). Similar articles were published on Agenda (FT), The Guardian, Exec Review, Logistics Managers and three other outlets.

February 2018

Some highlights of Cranfield University's media coverage from February 2018.

Environment Times

Professor Paul Leinster and Professor Leon Terry write an article on the impact of attention being put on plastic pollution on the 25 year Environment Plan. Read the full article


Professor Iain Gray raises caution in an article about the complex structure of Airbus’ manufacturing sites. Read the full article.

Sunday Telegraph

Dr Stephen Hobbs is quoted in this article following the launch of the Space X Falcon Heavy rocket. Read the full story

The Times

Professor Sue Vinnicombe comments on the Gender Pay Gap reports that are to be released by the end of March. Read the full article.

BBC Radio 4

Professor Jerry Knox featured on a Farming Today panel to discuss the importance of water management in agricultural farming.

January 2018

Some highlights of Cranfield University's media coverage from January 2018.

The Times

Professor Joe Nellis discusses the difficulties in comparing productivity, particularly internationally. Story also covered by Raconteur.

BBC World Service

Dr Duncan Hodges comments about hacking in Siberia. Duncan provides details on “Capture the Flag” hacking competitions that enable challengers to gain self-worth and membership to the community. He explains that an environment has been created for hackers to explore their technical knowledge and creativity, and to continually refine their craft. Listen to the feature.

Daily Mail

Professor Ruth Bender comments on the vast bonus of Persimmon Chief Executive Jeff Fairburn – the biggest in British corporate history. Read the full article. Story also covered by City AM. Ruth was also interviewed about this topic on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio 4.
New Statesman

Dr Anicee Van Engeland writes an article about the future for Iran following recent protests. Read the full article.

Financial Times

Dr Stuart Wagland discusses the potential benefit of Europe’s landfill sites. Read the full article.

Farming Life

Professor Leon Terry is quoted in an article that features his speech at the Oxford Farming Conference in which Leon called for a paradigm shift in funding strategies and research programmes in order to tackle food waste on a global scale. Read the full article. Story also covered by Farming UKBusiness Weekly, Western Morning News and About My Area.

BBC Radio 4

Professor Graham Braithwaite comments on the news that 2017 has been confirmed as the safest year in history for commercial airlines. Two reports have concluded that no deaths from passenger jet crashes happened anywhere in the world during 2017. Graham suggests that this demonstrates a remarkable increase in safety within the industry, largely thanks to improving efforts in developing countries thanks to the International Civil Aviation Organisation. Listen to the discussion.

BBC Future

Professor Nick Lawson featured in an article about Cranfield, its history and the research being done by Nick and his team. The piece also covers the objectives of DARTeC and recent work into drones with BAE Systems. Read the full article.

December 2017

Some highlights of Cranfield University's media coverage from December 2017.

The Engineer

Rob Evans is quoted in this article about Mercia Fund Managers investing in CorrosionRADAR, a spin-out company from Cranfield University. The story was also covered by Cambridge NewsBusiness WeeklyFinance Digest Business Cloud and Global Banking & Finance Review

Financial Times

The nano membrane toilet is named by the Financial Times as one of the ’50 Ideas to Change the World’ in the first tranche of innovations to be listed. Dr Alison Parker is quoted in the full article.

Drone Magazine

Research Fellow Peter Masters and Rykker Evers from Cranfield Forensic Institute spoke to Drone magazine about a project to use drones to support police work in the search for hidden burial sites. Miniature drones are able to capture high altitude imagery from across the electromagnetic spectrum, capturing images not visible to the naked eye. The research has highlighted further uses for drones in in the forensic archaeology field.

BBC Radio 4

Professor Jane Rickson was interviewed during Farming Today. During the interview, Jane discussed the importance of good quality soil and the advantages of valuing good soil management. She also commented on the recent announcement of Cranfield winning the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for soil science.

November 2017

Some highlights of Cranfield University's media coverage from November 2017.


Dr Nicholas Marquez-Grant featured in Digging for Britain during an archaeological dig on Burrow Island (‘Rat Island’) in Portsmouth harbour. The team that Nicholas was part of were able to confirm the island’s role as an “extensive cemetery” for passengers on prison ships. Nicholas uncovered a skeleton which had undergone a craniotomy perhaps as part of a post mortem. He stated that the work was a means of dignifying the remains and avoiding their destruction.

ADS Advance

Professor Graham Braithwaite was quoted in an article that celebrates 40 years of the safety and air accident investigation course at Cranfield. Read the full articleStory also covered by Chamber Business and MK Citizen.

BBC Radio Wiltshire

Dr Tim Farewell was interviewed on BBC Radio Wiltshire following the discovery of a sink hole in Swindon. Tim reassured listeners that this was nothing to worry about and was more of a ‘sand washout event’ which are usually caused by burst water mains.

BBC Radio

Professor Ann Fitz-Gerald was interviewed over 20 times for BBC radio stations about  the military takeover in Zimbabwe and subsequent resignation of President Robert Mugabe. Ann featured on stations across the UK, including Somerset, Oxford, Nottingham, Wales and Ulster. Professor Fitz-Gerald also wrote an article for the Huffington Post, questioning whether this is an opportunity for change in the country. Read the full story.

Financial Times

Professor Mark Jolly writes a letter to the editor of the Financial Times about the whole lifecycle of “environmentally-friendly” vehicles, from manufacture to disposal.

The Guardian

Two articles featured the 2017 Female FTSE report, highlighting the concern over women being appointed to non-executive roles and not executive ones. Read article one and two here. Story also covered by the CIPD, the Daily Mail, BloombergInsider, and eight other media outlets.

The Guardian

Dr Craig Lawson was quoted in an article about the size of aircraft seats and ‘pitch’ decreasing over time. Read the full articleStory also covered by Yahoo News and MSN

How It Works

The Nano Membrane Toilet featured in the magazine’s article of ’10 Inventions to Change the World’

October 2017

Some highlights of Cranfield University's media coverage from October 2017.

BBC Three Counties Radio

Tim Mackley, Head of the Aerospace Integration Research Centre, spoke on the Drivetime programme about the official opening of the centre on 18 October and the objectives of the collaboration that underpins the centre. 

BBC Look East

Professor Iain GraySir Peter Gregson and a Cranfield Research Fellow were interviewed at the opening of the Aerospace Integration Research Centre (AIRC). Mark Howard from Airbus and Henner Wapenhans from Rolls-Royce also featured, discussing the unique collaboration between academia and industry that underpins the Centre.

The piece was the lead story on the 1.30pm, 6.30pm and 10.30pm news. The news was also covered by The EngineerADS AdvanceHeart RadioProfessional Engineering, and five other publications.

Flight International

Professor Iain Gray featured in an article about the journey he has taken to get to his current role, plus what he believes the future of the aerospace industry looks like.

BBC Look East

Professor Sir Peter Gregson was interviewed in light of the Buckinghamshire Ltd 2017 survey, which has shown that turnover across the county has increased by 11% but the rate of growth has slowed down. Sir Peter said that the region was a good place to do business, had good people and the capability to develop.

BBC Online

Professor Elisabeth Kelan was quoted in an article about the risks of overqualified workers and the importance of strong line management of these staff members. Read the full article.

ADS Advance

Professor Sir Peter Gregson was quoted in this article following the announcement of Saab supplying Cranfield with a digital control tower. Read the full articleThe story was also covered by Engineering & TechnologyMarkets InsiderPR NewswireFinancial NewsAirport Technology and SUAS News.

Financial Times

Professor Paul Baines was quoted in an article about attendance on the MBA course being funded by the Apprenticeship Levy, opening up the opportunity to more executives. Read the full storyThe story was also covered by The TimesFE News and the Times Educational Supplement.

ITV (Anglia)

Dr Andrew Angus featured in a story about Monarch going into administration. Dr Angus explained that this is due to the intensely competitive nature of the short-haul market, which has been heightened by a reduction in demand to major destinations due to political instability and terrorism attacks in those areas.

September 2017

Some highlights of Cranfield University's media coverage from September 2017.

ADS Advance

Professor Antonios Tsourdos is quoted in this article that details the work into adaptable UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) being conducted by Cranfield students and BAe Systems. Read the full article.
Story also covered by the Daily MailExpress and the Sun.

Adaptable unmanned aerial vehicle

Times Higher Education

Research conducted by Professor Richard Wilding and Dr Emel Aktas into the correlation between class sizes and the outcomes from the Teaching Excellence Framework is discussed in an article within the Times Higher Educaton magazine.

BBC News

Professor Harris Makatsoris featured in an episode of Click, detailing his work that has involved experimenting with crowd-sourcing ingredients for an energy drink, using a web game that mimics the stock market.

International Airport Review

Professor Iain Gray writes an article raising concern that the UK has lost its ‘edge’ in the aviation industry, and details the research being conducted at Cranfield to support the future of aerospace. Read the full article.


Dr James Watson appears in an episode of Fake Britain, conducting impactor tests on a genuine and two suspected fake back protectors for motorcyclists in the Crash Impact Centre. The test revealed a much higher force on the fake products, which would result in a greater risk of injury for the rider.

BBC 1 (Look East)

Professor Sir Peter Gregson was interviewed about the University's wide-ranging programme that will strengthen its resilience in a fast-changing world, following the the announcement of proposed job losses at the University. Dr Fiona Charnley and a PhD student were also interviewed about their areas of research.

BBC 5 Live

Professor Emma Parry spoke on the radio about her research into what makes people happy at work, explaining that there are numerous factors that determine whether we enjoy work. Professor Parry suggests that 80% of people are proud of the work that they do, and that two-thirds of employees enjoy going to work on most days. Professor Parry was also interviewed on BBC Radio London to discuss her research.


Dr John Glen was interviewed on BBC2's Newsroom Live (also shown on BBC News) in response to the release of the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI). Dr Glen gave his opinion on the current state of the manufacturing economy and its future.

August 2017

Some highlights of Cranfield University's media coverage from August 2017.

The Engineer

Professor Mark Jolly writes a feature about the increased energy usage in the manufacture of so-called ‘environmentally friendly’ aluminium engines.  Read the full article here

The Guardian

Professor David Cullen is quoted in this article detailing research into the use of yeast and urine being recycled for astronauts to use in foods and plastics whilst in space. Read the full article here. Story also covered by


Tim Mackley is quoted in an article about the benefits of the Aerospace Integration Research Centre (AIRC) in bringing ideas generated in projects to market. Read the full article here.

Heart Radio

Dr Thomas O’Brien featured in the news headlines, giving his opinion on the threat of war between the US and North Korea. Dr O'Brien suggests that both leaders are playing to their home audiences and that the threats are down to personality rather than war.

July 2017

Some highlights of Cranfield University's media coverage from July 2017.

ITV Anglia News

Dr Daniel Auger was interviewed in response to the announcement that petrol and diesel cars will be banned from the UK by 2040. Daniel agreed that the timeframes were realistic, albeit ambitious, but believes that the UK has the expertise to be world-leading in the field of electric cars. He also briefly detailed the work at Cranfield that is looking to reduce the size of batteries.

Sky News

Professor Gary Leeke was interviewed live in the studio about the importance of recycling UK household waste, and what happens to it. Professor Leeke highlighted that 67% of recyclable material still finds its way into landfill or is exported to the Far East. He also explained that materials such as drinks bottles are valuable plastics that can be recycled numerous times.

BBC Radio 4

Professor Leon Terry featured in a discussion about the research that he has conducted into old English apple varieties being healthier for us, but that these varieties are dying out in favour of those with a high sugar content. The research, which looked into 70 apple varieties over 3 years, warns that the genetic pool is becoming too small, which could pose a risk.


Dr Robert Simmons features in a BBC 4 programme about the impact that extreme rainfall has on soil and crops growing within it. Dr Simmons gave detail of his research into the kinetic energy produced by individual raindrops and its impact on the soil surface causing damage and breakdown.

The Telegraph

Professor Elisabeth Kelan is quoted in an article for The Telegraph, debating the use of the term 'millennials' in the workplace.

You can read the full article here.


Professor Gioia Falcone features in a CNBC programme about the possibility of oil being a renewable energy source. Professor Falcone highlighted the technology being invested in geothermal, wind and solar energy and the broader investment that is enabling the research into these being truly green.

Watch the full episode here.

BBC Breakfast


Dr John Glen featured in a BBC Breakfast section on UK interest rates. Dr Geln highlighted the impact of very low mortgage rates on household budgets, warning that this may change post-2018 once the impact of Brexit has been understood.

June 2017

Some highlights of Cranfield University's media coverage from June 2017.

CNN International

Professor Jim Harris features in a CNN International programme that discusses the need for green spaces in urban areas. Watch the feature here.

BBC Three Counties Radio

Cranfield University alumna, Gemma Hatten, spoke to BBC Three Counties Radio about the successful 'Aim High' event at Cranfield in support of International Women in Engineering Day on 23rd June 2017. Story also covered by ADS Advance.

Aim High event at Cranfield

The Daily Telegraph

Two of Cranfield's female engineers have been awarded a place in The Daily Telegraph Top 50 Women in Engineering under 35 list. Dr Nadia Abdul-Karim, a lecturer from Cranfield Forensic Institute, and Simone Weber, a PhD student working on research at Cranfield for Airbus Helicopters, were both named in the 2017 list. See the supplement here.

Female working on UAV


Trevor Lawrence features in SBS One's programme about the Battle of Jutland, 100 years after the biggest and bloodiest battle in the history of the Royal Navy. The programme, led by Dan Snow at the Cranfield Ordnance Test and Evaluation Centre (COTEC), showed a reconstruction of what may have happened when the cordite on board the ships exploded. Watch the feature here.

The Guardian

Dr Lisa Dorn writes an article for The Guardian about how we can become safer drivers through changes in psychology and technology. Read the full article here.
The Financial Times

David Glassman discusses the importance of eliminating favouritism, or any perception of it, in family-run businesses in an article for the Financial Times. Read the full article here.
BBC Radio Wiltshire

Patrick Bury, Lecturer in Security Sector Management, was interviewed on BBC Radio Wiltshire regarding security following the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London.


Professor Jane Rickson warns against the campaign by the University of Exeter to re-introduce beavers into English rivers in this article for BBC News. Read the full article here.

May 2017

Some highlights of Cranfield University's media coverage from May 2017.

ADS Advance

Professor Rajkumar Roy discusses the launch of the 2017 National Manufacturing Debate White Paper. The paper, which highlights concerns over skills development, was launched at the eighth annual National Manufacturing Debate held at Cranfield University. The Manufacturer supported the event. Read the full story here.

BBC Crowd Science

Professor Graham Braithwaite features in this BBC programme investigating the feasibility of ejector seats in commercial aircraft. You can listen to the full programme here.

BBC Radio 2

Professor David Parker was interviewed by Jeremy Vine on BBC Radio 2 following the leak of the Labour manifesto prior to the upcoming General Election. The paper focused on nationalising the railway and energy industries and David gives his thoughts from an economical point of view.

BBC Radio Oxford

Stephen Carver was interviewed by BBC Radio Oxford to discuss the need to develop techniques to deal with stressful situations, particularly within the military.

April 2017

Some highlights of Cranfield University's media coverage from April 2017.

The Times

Professor Iain Gray was quoted in an article about the impact of Brexit and Article 50 on the aerospace industry.  The author highlights concern over Britain leaving the EU causing "significant disruption" to the UK's aviation sector due to our departure from Europe's Open Skies system. However, Professor Gray is confident that, in line with the handover of the Aerospace Integration Research Centre to Cranfield, the interest among European aviation businesses has been unchanged following the confirmation of Brexit.

Marketing Week

Professor Paul Baines is quoted in this article about the 2017 General Election, and the importance of marketing for Prime Minister Theresa May. Read the full article here.

CNN Travel

Dr Pere Suau-Sanchez is quoted in this feature about the growth of ultra long-haul flights as CNN travel on the world's longest flight between Auckland, New Zealand and Doha, Qatar. Read the full article here.

The Art Collector

An article by Professor Andrew Shortland explaining about the use of blue cobalt on Chinese porcelain and how it can be used to determine whether a product is genuine or a counterfeit. Read the full story here.

March 2017

Some highlights of Cranfield University's media coverage from March 2017.

Mail Online

Dr Lisa Dorn, Director of the Driving Research Group at Cranfield discusses her view on female road rage. Dr Dorn believes female road rage isn’t necessarily about being an angry person. She explains: "The car is often the only space where women feel they can act this way. It is a unique environment where you don’t have to account for your behaviour." Read the full story.

The London Economic

Dr Anastasia Filippidou, Lecturer at the Centre for International Security and Resilience has written an article for The London Economic, discussing the recent London Terror attacks. Dr Filippidou explains that "the attack follows the familiar pattern of unsophisticated, high impact attacks, as we have seen in Nice, Berlin and Ohio State University. There is nothing new in this approach. From ancient times, terrorist attacks involved lone attackers" Read the full story.

New Statesman

Professor Rajkumar Roy, Director of Manufacturing, is quoted in this article about the possibility of a manufacturing boom if the government and industry are able to successfully work together. Professor Roy said: "As a country we now agree we need manufacturing. The public relationship with manufacturing has changed; there is a growing perception that the sector will get business. All of this leads me to believe that we're at the start of the next wave of the mass industrialisation of the country."

Milton Keynes Citizen

Lord Grey Sixth Form has mentioned Cranfield University's Business Challenge as one of their enrichment activities for the sixth form students at their school. The Challenge targets post 16  (Year 12) students who are taking a business or non business related course as part of their studies. In the Challenge, teams along with their mentors, act as the directors of a company which could be a start up or an already existing business. The aim is to run the business as profitably as possible in competition with the other teams in their market. The most successful team and their mentor will receive a trophy and prize. Read full article here.

The Guardian

Professor Lynette Ryals, pro-vice-chancellor of education at Cranfield University is quoted in the Guardian discussing the opportunities that could come with a level 7 apprenticeship. Professor Ryals believes that "once employees become aware of the possibility of gaining a masters in this way, there will be a shift in how companies think about management development". Read the full story.

ADS Advance

Melvyn Peters, Director of Education at Cranfield School of Management will collect an award given to Cranfield by the Worshipful Company of Carmen for its sustained excellence in transport systems, logistics and supply chain research and education. Melvyn Peter said: "It is a real honour to be recognised with this award by The Worshipful Company of Carmen in acknowledgment of Cranfield’s research and education in transport systems, logistics and supply chain". Read the full article.

CCH Daily

Cranfield University has been reported to be one of the first universities to offer an apprenticeship at Master's level, just in time for the apprenticeship levy that comes into force in April 2017. In light of this, Cranfield University and Grant Thornton have embarked on a new partnership that will see them develop and deliver the Cranfield Executive MBA Programme. Professor Paul Baines, director of the Cranfield EMBA programme said: "The apprenticeship levy comes into force in April this year and will see all organisations with a pay bill greater than £3m having to pay a 0.5% levy on their pay bill. This money can then be used to fund apprenticeship training for new or existing staff".

February 2017

Some highlights of Cranfield University's media coverage from February 2017.

HR Magazine

Sarah Fletcher, Head of Industrial Psychology and Human Factors Group at Cranfield University, has written an article discussing the benefits and implications of robots in the workplace. This comes after a call from MEPs to create a dedicated agency for the provision of formal technical, legal, ethical and safety guidance. Sarah Fletcher writes: "The current MEP initiative to formalise the safe and ethical design and application of robots is a welcome step. Although various standards and codes of practice are being updated to cover the advances being made in automation, technology always has to lead the way. The critical issue is not to allow this lead to become too great; we must ensure that implementation does not race too far ahead until we fully understand and prepare for its impacts on people" Read full article.

Supply Chain Digital

Dr John Glen, Director of the Centre for Customised Executive Development at Cranfield's School of Management is quoted in this article discussing the heightened supply chain risk in 2017. Dr Glen discusses what recent trends may mean by explaining: “The UK’s decision to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump reflect a growing trend of protectionism in the global economy. For this reason alone, supply chain risk is set to increase further in 2017." Read the full article here.

Bedfordshire on Sunday

Alex Mayer, MEP East of England visited Cranfield University to gain a further understanding of Autonomous systems and the regulations needed to safely integrate them with humans. Alex Mayer's visit comes at a time where Parliament have entererd into discussion and will be proposing rules on robotics and artificial intelligence. 

Read the full article here.

Business Standard

Cranfield University attended the Aero India 2017 event and successfully signed a series of  Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Government. The agreement with the southern state of Telangana, which is looking to create a special economic zone for defence and security, covers providing short-term, industry-specific courses to companies as well as fully-fledged courses in Aeronautical Engineering. Read the full story here.

Times Higher Education

Cranfield generates more income from research and working with business per academic than any other UK university, according to the latest research in Times Higher Education. Based on HESA (The Higher Education Statistics Agency) data, Cranfield generates over £40,000/academic from "research grants and contracts income from industry, commerce and public corporations."

Imperial College was second in the table, while the University of Oxford was third. We have relationships with around 1,500 companies and organisations through industry partnerships and applied research projects, as well as our executive education and professional development programmes.

The latest example of that close collaboration with industry is the AIRC (Aerospace Integration Research Centre), a new £35 million world-class facility on campus which opened for business last month and is the result of co-funding from Airbus, Rolls-Royce and HEFCE (the Higher Education Funding Council for England).

As the article in the Times Higher points out, "Working with businesses is one of the cornerstones of university activity....The reason many global companies chose to invest in the UK is the strength of the research base."

University Business

Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation opened Cranfield university's newest research hub today. The new research hub called the Centre for Atmospheric and Emissions Research is a joint investment from Cranfield, National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

Upon opening the centre, Jo Johnson said: "Climate change and reducing emissions is one of the most important challenges of our time, and the UK takes a proud leadership role in fostering positive action. Greater knowledge and the development of new technologies is crucial to this. This investment is a prime example of the projects our Industrial Strategy will support - enabling UK scientists to carry out pioneering work that will ensure the UK remains at the forefront of climate change science and leads an international effort to improve the environment for future generations." Read full story here.

January 2017

Some highlights of Cranfield University's media coverage from January 2017.

Flyer Magazine

Cranfield University has helped The Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group in the acquisition of a rare Napier Sabre IIa engine for use in the restoration of a WWII Hawker Typhoon. The project aims to see the typhoon flying by 2024, just in time for the 80th anniversary of D-Day. Read full article here.

Oxford Mail

Oxford Mail announced that Cranfield University in Shrivenham has become the first in the country to receive full certification from the UK Government intelligence bureau GCHQ for their digital forensics course. Dr Sarah Morris spoke of her delight for receiving the certification. Read the full article.

Mark Jenkins, Professor of Business and Strategy, joined BBC presenters on air to discuss the departure of Bernie Ecclestone from Formula 1. Mark Jenkins said: "He created a business where no business existed, which was the whole Formula 1 model. He [Bernie Ecclestone] created a series of races that were delivered year on year, where before it was all ad hoc. He created an entirely new racing product."


Theresa Mercer, an environmental researcher, discusses her take on the life of a PhD student. Theresa discusses her experience and achievement at being able to organise the Phd Conference which focuses on student led training and aims to bring PhD students from all over to discuss, network and  take part in workshops. "All of us learnt about ways to juggle academic demands with those of our personal lives, how to address common pitfalls such as procrastination during writing and how to maximize the elation we experience when we reach key milestones" Read full article.

December 2016

Some highlights of Cranfield University's media coverage from December 2016.

New York Times

Henrik Rothe is quoted in this article. Henrik discusses the compactness of a new airport being built in China to help combat over capacity at current airports in China. He explains that the design of the new airport and the speed at which it is planned to be built hasn't been tested before until now: “It’s part of a new airport typology which is just emerging, but it has been taken much further in this new one” Read full article.

Financial Times

As a result of BAE testing whether unmanned aircrafts can safely be flown in open airspace, Professor Iain Gray, Director of Aerospace discusses the possibility of pilotless planes. He says: "While the technology is not an obstacle in principle, and freight companies are already exploring the possibilities for cargo, airline passengers will have to feel confident that without a pilot they are just as safe as having a human captain on board. We are a long way from addressing the social issues around pilotless aircraft, It is not just a technological issue.”


Professor Maury Peiperl is quoted in this article discussing how the new wave of online education is said to be of a much higher standard than previously perceived. Higher Education will be delivered by providers aiming specifically at top managers and executives and is said to be developed by world-class academics working at institutions, such as Harvard and Oxford. Professor Peiperl says: “This is about the top providers in the world designing learning and work experiences that are very specific to top managers”. Read full article.

November 2016

Some highlights of Cranfield University's media coverage from November 2016.

The Guardian

Senior Lecturer Henrik Rothe is quoted in this article discussing how electric vehicles could be a great tool for developing new business models for the aviation industry. Henrik Rothe explains that electric vehicles have the potential to cut an airports’ carbon footprint because many of the emissions that are produced at the airport, come from the vehicles used to complete daily tasks. “A large proportion of [airports’] emissions are coming from the vehicles on the ground – cars bringing people to the airport, and also on site, so the cars to bring the catering and baggage trollies to the airplanes and so on,” he says. “All that contributes to the overall carbon footprint of the airport, and that theoretically should be eliminated by electric cars.”

Read the full article here.

The Telegraph

Forensic anthropologist, Dr Nicholas Marquez-Grant, is quoted in this article following work in Spain where he was providing trauma analysis on victims of the Spanish civil war. A law passed by the Balearic Islands this year opened the way to the exhumations, providing funding and guarantees of proper burial for all remains found. Upon analysis, Dr Nicholas Marquez-Grant said “We’re seeing a lot of ballistic trauma in the skulls. Most were shot from close range with nine millimetre bullets in the back of the head, although some have several entry holes” Read the full article here.

BBC Radio 4

Professor Mark Jenkins, Professor of business strategy, has been featured on BBC Radio 4 discussing the change of leadership at McLaren as Ron Dennis leaves after 35 years. In the interview he discusses the business challenges the company are currently facing and the effect they have had as an organisation on Britains Manufacturing and performance engineering sector.

The Guardian

Professor Graham Braithwaite, Director of transport systems at Cranfield University discusses the positive potential of self-driving vehicles and the benefits they could have on society. He also explains that without proper investment its potential could be derailed in the same fashion as Genetically Modified Crops were.

Read full article here.


Professor Phil John discussed the public perception of driverless vehicles in his interview with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He discusses the challenges of the new technology and how we envisage it interacting in everyday life. Professor Phil John explains “While I am sure the driverless vehicle itself is eminently achievable, the real challenge is the softer end of the technology and how we envisage it interacting with the real world. We must ask what behaviours we programme driverless vehicles with. To do so we will have to understand the real-world scenarios it will face and determine how it should respond to that.” Read full article here.

October 2016

Some highlights of Cranfield University's media coverage from October 2016.

Public Technology

Professor Antonios Tsourdos has recently written an article about autonomous vehicle technology.  In this article he writes about the regulation, the impact to UK economy, the broad uses of UAVs and the public understanding of unmanned vehicles.  Professor Antonios Tsourdos explains "Some 93% of road accidents are said to be caused by human error the introduction of driverless vehicles is expected to save 2,500 lives by 2030, as well as reducing the number of serious accidents by 25,000 each year. Read the full article here.

Sky News

Professor Tom Stephenson spoke to Sky News about international students and funding as the Erasmus exchange received £30m of funding from the government.

BBC Radio 5 Live

Dr John Glen was interviewed on 5 Live Breakfast about the financial crisis, rising living costs and the anticipated rise next year. He discussed the increasing credit card debt and how it will affect public spending power and living standards in the future.

BBC 3 Counties Radio

PhD student Tiago De Carvalho Matos was interviewed on BBC 3 Counties’ Drivetime show about winning the Mars Society competition award, and their proposal. He worked as part of a team who beat a shortlist of nine other teams of engineering students from universities around the world, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Purdue University in the United States. The Cranfield team presented their plans to aerospace experts, including NASA representatives, in Washington D.C, to win first prize.

London Economic

Professor Antonios Tsourdos published an article about autonomous vehicles. He explained that “the economic benefits from a world-leading industry around autonomous vehicles have already been mapped out: a potential £51 billion for the UK economy each year”. Read the full article.

Works Management

The School of Management’s Best Factory Awards results announcement was reported. The Brose plant in Coventry was been crowned Britain’s Best Factory at the awards which were held at the National Motorcycle Museum and Conference Centre, Solihull. The Brose Coventry plant makes and supplies essential car parts such as seat frames and window regulators to several automobile manufacturers, including Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan and Toyota. With the most modern robotic welding technology and full traceability of parts, the company’s Coventry plant is one of the most advanced in the Brose Group. The Awards are run by Cranfield School of Management, and aim to recognise and reward manufacturing excellence across the country. This was also picked up on NE Connected.

Huffington Post
An article written by Professor Paul Baines discusses terrorism and how communication impacts our perception of the organisations associated to it. He explained that terrorist groups such as Daesh lose their ‘soldiers’ and ability to plan attacks, and therefore look to inspire attacks from individuals in targeted countries. “But these disaffected individuals often need guidance to plan a successful attack and may or may not receive it." Read the full article.

UK Health Radio

Professor Iain Gray spoke to the Travel Show on UK Health Radio about the Festival of Flight, Cranfield’s history, and his background in aerospace. He explained that Cranfield was originally a RAF site, and that the University is looking into how to reduce the environmental impact of planes as air traffic increases. Iain also published an article entitled “Joined-up universities can map the route to industrial success” in Research Fortnight. He discussed a number of topics including the relationship between universities and business, the growth and significance of the aerospace industry, and Cranfield projects such as the AIRC. Listen to the full interview.

BBC Look East

Cranfield’s Director of Transport Systems, Professor Graham Braithwaite, was interviewed about the safety aspect of driverless pods that were launched in Milton Keynes this week. He explained that there is still some work to be done around convincing the general public that the pods are safe to be on the road.

Research News

Professor Iain Gray has discussed a number of topics including the relationship between universities and business, the growth and significance of the aerospace industry, and Cranfield projects such as the AIRC. Professor Iain Gray also discussed the need for strategy, talent and facilities in order to be successful. Reference to the Olympics were used as an example. "The results speak for themselves and provide a template for the elements of an industrial strategy. It is not about picking winners among companies but about picking the “sports” we want to win in and investing in the facilities, technology and skills that will help our companies succeed". Read full article here.

The Manufacturer

Cranfield researchers unveiled what they believe is the world’s biggest metal 3D part in one piece. The six-metre long, 300-kg, double-sided metal 3D printed spar is made from aerospace-grade aluminium on Cranfield’s new 10-metre metal printer. Cranfield’s researchers are already upgrading it to make it suitable for the production of titanium parts, with the addition of a local shielding device which the University has also reportedly developed. Read the full story. This was also picked up in Additive Manufacturing Today, 3D Print and 3ders

Live Science

Around 3,000 years ago, a fire destroyed the ancient city of Tel Megiddo in northern Israel, leaving just ash and burned mud-brick building. Dr Karl Harrison explained that concentrating on the temperature of the fire may not give an accurate burn time. Read the full article.

The Daily Mail

Dr Antonios Tsourdos published an article about integrating drones into the UK’s lifestyle. Antonios described UAVs to be “like the first motorised cars… they will, with time, become normal...” This appeared in The Conversation and was picked by the Daily Mail Online, one of the world’s most popular online news sites with a circulation of around six million. The article was also picked up in The Khaleej Times (UAE); Nigeria Sun; Kenya Star; Afghanistan Sun; City Metric (UK); and Essential Retail (UK).

Airports International

Dr Paco Saez published an article about the safety issues around integrating drones into the UK’s air space.  He explained that compared to the US, the UK is better placed to “establish itself as a model with its single aviation authority.”

September 2016

Some highlights of Cranfield University's media coverage from September 2016.

Financial Times

In an article about women in the workplace, Professor Elisabeth Kelan highlighted that women should be in leadership positions (e.g. on panels, board etc.) to serve as experts in their fields as well as to represent the viewpoint of women. Read the full article.

Daily Mirror

Dr Karl Harrison and Dr Nick Marquez Grant from Cranfield Defence and Security have been involved in the police search for Ben Needham who went missing in Kos in 1991. A video of Karl’s research was published in the Daily Mirror. Their work was also picked up in The Telegraph; Sky News; The Sun; and Keep Talking Greece.

Royal Aeronautical Society

Following the Festival of Flight, this article gave an impressive overview of some of Cranfield’s facilities, the Heritage Exhibition, the air display, the AIRC, and the Digital Aviation Safety Centre. The article concluded: “Cranfield University may be old enough to qualify for an old age pensioner’s bus pass, but a tour around its facilities demonstrates it continues to be right on the ‘bleeding edge’ of aerospace and aviation research and learning… in a post-Brexit world, with new competitors emerging and disruptive technology moving ever faster, it may be argued that Cranfield’s role as an incubator of talent, research and ideas for the next generation of aviation and aerospace has never been more vital”

Read the full article.

ADS Advance

In an in-depth interview, Professor Iain Gray explained that the UK is likely to be the world’s leader in aviation and that there is an increasing need for collaboration between aerospace manufacturing and supply chain, and aviation (airlines, airport management etc.) He outlined his four ambitions to be delivering the aircraft of the future; airport of the future; airspace management of the future and airline of the future. Read the full article.

The Guardian

Angus Thirlwell, Co-Founder of Hotel Chocolat, reflected on his time at Cranfield on the Business Growth Programme. He described the course as “unbelievable, a bit like an MBA, but without the boring bits”, adding that “everybody on the course was an entrepreneur, and the conversations you would have and the quality of the learning was transformational.” Read the full article.

The Times

HRH The Duke of Kent attended Cranfield's Festival of Flight in celebration of the University's 70th anniversary. He visited the car display where modern, classic, vintage and military cars were on display, before going on to see the Heritage Exhibition which showcased the University's history. In the afternoon, he watched the air display on Cranfield’s airport. This was also picked up in The Daily Telegraph; Bedfordshire News; Bedfordshire Times and Citizen; ADS Advance; and Waitrose Weekend.

Cranfield's Event Co-ordinator, Sarah Waller, was interviewed on BBC 3 Counties Radio during the Festival of Flight about the day’s activities.

BBC Radio 4

With Liberty Media, the owners of Virgin Media, set to buy Formula One for $4.5 billion, Professor Mark Jenkins explained that all media companies have their own content platforms (e.g. Netflix, Amazon etc.). Owning the third most watched sport in the world, Formula One, will give Liberty a strong advantage in the media market. Mark also spoke to BBC World Service about Liberty Media buying Formula One, and explained that Bernie Ecclestone, CEO of the Formula One Group, is critical to the sport as he understands how the complex relationships with teams, promoters, circuits and the regulators in Formula One work. Mark was quoted in The Times about the same subject.

August 2016

Some highlights of Cranfield University's media coverage from August 2016.


Dr Karl Harrison featured on a documentary entitled Britain's Pompeii: A Village Lost in Time. Karl has been involved with the investigations into a fire which destroyed a prehistoric settlement at Must Farm quarry in Cambridgeshire.

BBC World Service

Dr Lisa Dorn was interviewed about driver behaviour. She highlighted that driving is a highly skilled activity and that a lot can go wrong. Many of us are convinced that we are good drivers, and we can become over-confident in our skills which makes us resistant to criticism of our driving. Young men are especially confident in their driving skills, yet within six months of passing their driving test 20% will be involved in a crash.

Listen to the full interview from 3 minutes, 30 seconds.

This was also picked up on BBC Radio 4; BBC Wales; and New Orleans Public Radio.

July 2016

Some highlights of Cranfield University's media coverage from July 2016.

ADS Advance

Cranfield has reached a milestone on the way to the completion of its Aerospace Integration Research Centre (AIRC). The centre was 'topped out' last week and is due to open at the end of this year. A year after the initial ground-breaking, the new centre was ‘topped out’ in a ceremony marking the highest point of the build being reached. Guests included MEP Vicky Ford – who was at the initial event last year - as well as senior members of Rolls-Royce and Airbus, who are co-investment partners in the facility. Dr Henner Wapenhans, Director of Technology Strategy, Rolls-Royce and Trevor Higgs, Head of Landing Gear and Site Representative for Engineering in the UK, Airbus joined Cranfield’s staff at the event. Read the full article. This was also picked up in Bedfordshire on Sunday.

Bedfordshire on Sunday

Sir Peter Gregson was quoted in an article about the impact of Brexit on universities. He explained that the UK’s relationship with the EU is unlikely to see significant changes over the next two years, and highlighted that during the negotiation period of Article 50, the immigration status of current and prospective students and staff from the EU will not change.Read the full article.

The Times

Dr Nick Lawson was interviewed about his work at the National Flying Laboratory Centre (NFLC). As well as helping students to understand the fundamentals of flying, he works with industry to develop UAVs. The NFLC has a 20-seat aircraft fitted with screens, instruments and gauges which the students use to record the aircraft’s behaviour throughout a flight.

Huffington Post

Professor Paul Baines published an article about the Trident vote, describing it as “a chess move on the board of Westminster that signals what we can expect from Theresa May in the coming years.” He highlighted that going ahead with Trident, as set out by the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review, means the UK would have 120 operational nuclear warheads by 2020. Read the full article.


Developed by Cranfield University, Nano Membrane Toilet is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The waterless toilet which converts human waste into energy and clean water and is due to be trialled in Africa later this year and could be revolutionary for the 2.5 billion people worldwide who do not have access to hygienic toilets. Read the full article. This was also picked up in US news publications WPTZ (New York); KTXS (Texas); WDSU (New Orleans); WCVB (Boston); WGAL (Pennsylvania); KETV (Omaha); KSAT (San Antonio); WSYR (New York); 100% Solutions; Click on Detroit; Big News Network; and Gant Daily.

Chester Chronicle

Cranfield’s annual 100 Women to Watch list, published as part of the Female FTSE report, named CEO of Marketing Cheshire, Katrina Michel, as one of its top achievers. Read the full article. This was also picked up in Chester & District Standard. Joanne Thompson, CEO of technology company Penrillian, was also named as one of the 100 women to watch. This was picked up in Cumbria Crack.


Cranfield has become a member of UK Defence Solutions Centre (DSC) which is a Government-backed initiative aimed at developing strong capabilities in defence. At the Farnborough Air Show, the Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, welcomed three new organisations to the membership of the UK DSC, including Cranfield. Read the full article. This was also picked up on and Path Finder.

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Dr Karl Harrison explained that as a Forensic Archaeologist, he spends most of his time working with the police to look for, recover and analyse deceased bodies. However, he has recently been involved with the investigations into a fire which destroyed a prehistoric settlement at Must Farm quarry in Cambridgeshire. Understanding where and how the fire started is particularly difficult as the fire site is 3,000 years old, the house was made of timber, and the property has moved into the river. Karl’s first impressions are that the fire was deliberately started from outside the house. This was also picked up in The Guardian; and Science Magazine.

IHS Airport 360

Professor Iain Gray, Cranfield’s Director of Aerospace, was interviewed about the potential impact of Brexit on the UK and European aerospace sectors. He highlighted that while funding may be affected in the years to come, aerospace is an international industry. The UK is the second biggest aerospace manufacturing country in the world and must work to maintain its reputation and position. Watch the full interview.

Farming UK

Cranfield will work with Tesco to increase the number of apples available for customers by developing sophisticated storage technologies. One of the project’s aims is to create a shift from apples being judged by their firmness, to customers considering their flavour. Read the full article. This was also picked up in Wired Gov.

Milton Keynes Citizen

Honorary graduates including Ian King (CEO, BAE Systems), Paul Polman (CEO, Unilever), and Dame Marjorie Scardino (Chair, The MacArthur Foundation Board) joined more than 2,000 Cranfield postgraduate students at last week’s graduation ceremonies. Read the full article. This was also picked up in Bedford Today.

The Guardian

Cranfield University organised a roundtable in partnership with The Guardian which brought together key leaders from businesses including Transport for London, Cisco and Ocado. The discussion explored the relationship between technology and leadership, and questioned how they could become more closely related. Professor Mark Jenkins from Cranfield School of Management explained that leadership plays a significant role in understanding how technology develops and benefits businesses and employees. Read the full article.

BBC Wales TV

Peter Masters from Cranfield Defence & Security was involved in the making of a programme about the Battle of Somme. For the programme, entitled ‘Wales at the Somme: Gareth Thomas and the Battle of Mametz Wood’, Peter carried out numerous geophysical surveys.

June 2016

Some highlights of Cranfield University's media coverage from June 2016.

Financial Times

Professor Clare Kelliher highlighted that the increasing popularity of flexible working through technology (e.g. mobile phone/laptop) has encouraged employers to think creatively about the way they employ people.  This was as part of an article about the company behind WordPress, Automattic, who employ 470 people across 45 countries. Employees communicate via blogs and chatting tools, and travel to team meetings for 3 - 4 weeks each year.

La Vanguardia

Dr Pere Suau-Sanchez wrote an article about the impact of Brexit on the aviation industry. He highlighted that two-thirds of British air-traffic is outbound (people flying from the UK to overseas destinations). Bearing in mind the potential impact that Brexit could have on freedom of movement, and already has had on the pound, the International Association for Air Transport has suggested that the number of passengers flying out from the UK could increase by 5% by 2020.

Times of Oman

Professor Simon Pollard travelled to Oman to sign a new partnership agreement with Muscat and Aston Universities. The agreement which will enable all three institutions to develop six courses that focus on technology and management. Read the full article.
This news was also picked up in Bloomberg Oman Observer; Muscat Daily; Oman Tribune; ADS AdvanceBedfordshire on Sunday; and Suas News.

Financial Times

David Glassman from the School of Management highlighted that when two people who have a personal bond (e.g. friends, partners, siblings etc.) co-found a business, trust and recognition of their dependency on each other is essential to making the partnership work. He also listed three top tips on how to ‘co-found’ successfully.

Daily News Egypt

Following the discovery of the black box from EgyptAir flight MS804, Professor Graham Braithwaite, explained that investigators need to ensure that, while trying to read the data, they do not damage or corrupt it. Read the full article.

BBC Radio 4

The BBC’s Russia Specialist, Bridget Kendall, delivered her last broadcast on the ‘From Our Own Correspondent’ last week. Her programme was based on her visit to the Russian Military Archive at Cranfield Defence and Security in Shrivenham. Listen to the full programme.

ADS Advance

Professor Raj Roy, explained that industry and government should exploit current opportunities in Through-Life Engineering Services (TES). He highlighted that TES is a ‘natural evolution’ of manufacturing and can help manufacturers reduce waste by improving the longevity and operability of complex machines such as aero-engines. On 5 July, Cranfield will launch a national TES strategy in London.