Our specialist areas of focus bring together a range of academic disciplines and are aligned to the industrial and commercial sectors we work with. These themes are Aerospace, Defence and Security, Energy and Sustainability, Environment and Agrifood, Management, Manufacturing and Materials, Transport Systems and Water. Our themes are grouped together into the School structure below.

Cranfield Defence and Security

Professor Mark Richardson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor – Defence and Security

Based at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham site, the School leads Cranfield’s research, education and consultancy in the fields of defence and security. As well as its work on defence and support to the UK MOD, it also works with the wider security sector, non-military officials and members of civil society in countries, regions and international institutions across the globe.


School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing and School of Water, Energy and Environment

Professor Dame Helen Atkinson CBE, FREng, Pro-Vice-Chancellor – Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing; Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor – Water, Energy and Environment

The School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing brings together three of the principal themes of the University: Aerospace, Manufacturing and Materials and Transport Systems. It is the largest of our four Schools and its capabilities are highly relevant to future opportunities and challenges in industry and society, from autonomous systems to advanced manufacturing and materials and the future of aviation.

The School of Water, Energy and Environment is focused across the themes of Energy and Sustainability, Environment and Agrifood and Water. It is leading the University’s response to the green economy agenda in the areas of clean growth, climate adaptation and infrastructure renewal.


School of Management

Professor David Oglethorpe, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Dean – School of Management

Cranfield School of Management has been a world leader in management education and research for over 50 years, helping individuals and organisations learn and succeed. It is dedicated to creating responsible management thinking, improving business performance and inspiring the next generation of business leaders.

The four School Pro-Vice-Chancellors are members of the University Executive.