Cranfield DSTL sign a Strategic Relationship Charter
Cranfield and DSTL sign a Strategic Relationship Charter

Cranfield University and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) have signed a Strategic Relationship Charter.

The agreement sets out the principles for a closer working relationship, enhancing the benefits delivered by public investment in defence knowledge, innovation and technology. It was signed by DSTL’s Chief Executive Jonathan Lyle and Chief Executive and Vice Chancellor of Cranfield University Sir Peter Gregson, at the Defence Academy in Shrivenham.

The charter will support greater cross-working of the two organisations and enhance the sharing of information, knowledge and expertise as well as facilities for research, consultancy, test evaluation and educational purposes.

Jonathan Lyle explained: “Cranfield University plays a major role in developing and sustaining the UK’s base of skills, capabilities and facilities for defence science and technology. In particular, Cranfield is a key academic provider of postgraduate education to the Defence Academy. This Charter reflects our commitment to work together to better align and utilise each other’s capabilities to strengthen UK defence and security.”

Sir Peter Gregson commented: “We are proud to be the first University to sign a Strategic Relationship Charter with DSTL. Building on our long standing partnership with DSTL, Cranfield will continue to pursue transformational research programmes which impact directly on our national capability in Defence and Security. I am delighted that the special role Cranfield plays in supporting UK defence research and skills development is being recognised in this way and we look forward to further strengthening our strategic relationship with DSTL.”

The Defence Academy at Shrivenham is where Cranfield University has worked in partnership with the UK’s Ministry of Defence to deliver specialist postgraduate education in defence science, technology, acquisition, management and leadership since 1984.

The Director General of the Defence Academy Peter Watkins said: "We are delighted that our academic partner, Cranfield University, and DSTL have signed a Strategic Relationship Charter today. This recognises the close links between them but also the strong partnership that exists between DSTL, Cranfield University and the Defence Academy. The Charter provides a significant opportunity to strengthen and build on this partnership in which we look forward to playing our full part.

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About DSTL

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) maximises the impact of science and technology (S&T) for the defence and security of the UK, supplying sensitive and specialist S&T services for the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and wider government.

DSTL is a trading fund of the MOD, run along commercial lines. It is one of the principal government organisations dedicated to S&T in the defence and security field, with three main sites at Porton Down, near Salisbury, Portsdown West, near Portsmouth, and Fort Halstead, near Sevenoaks.

DSTL works with a wide range of partners and suppliers in industry, in academia and overseas. Around 60% of the Defence Science and Technology Programme is delivered by these external partners and suppliers.

About Cranfield University

Cranfield University is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.

Defence and Security

Cranfield University is one of the world's leading universities for defence and security education, research and consultancy.

Our staff and facilities are at the forefront of their fields, offering a diverse range of capabilities from energetics and forensic sciences to international stabilisation and cyber security.

Cranfield provides specialist knowledge to industry, security and emergency services, military, governments and NGOs, underpinning defence and security sector reform around the world. As a postgraduate academic provider to the UK’s Ministry of Defence, we offer a unique gateway to delivering practical education and solutions that make a real difference to the lives of military, security and civilian personnel.