The Minister of State for Defence Procurement, Mr Philip Dunne, visited Cranfield University this week. Professor Sir Peter Gregson, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of Cranfield and members of the University’s academic staff welcomed him to the campus.

Mr Dunne visited Cranfield’s Off-Road Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory which is recognised internationally for its work. The Minister met with MSc in Automotive Engineering students who were at the laboratory using a Duro high-mobility military vehicle. They take measurements which characterise the off-road capability of a military vehicle, including the thrust and performance of the vehicle in off-road conditions such as sand. 

Mr Dunne commented: “I was pleased to visit Cranfield University to see for myself its exceptional teaching and research opportunities in Defence and Security. The partnership between the Ministry of Defence and Cranfield helps boost the careers and capabilities of many students, both service and civilian, who undertake courses each year. 

It’s only through the best study, training and research that our workforce will meet the demands of a 21st century global defence environment and deliver security and opportunity for the nation.”

Sir Peter Gregson, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of Cranfield University said: “As the postgraduate academic provider to the UK’s Ministry of Defence, Cranfield offers a unique gateway to delivering practical education and solutions that make a real difference to the lives of military, security and civilian personnel.” 

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

About Cranfield University

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

About Cranfield University

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

Automotive Doctoral Training Centre

This higher research degree is associated with our Automotive Doctoral Training Centre (DTC). 

A tailored programme of seminars and events alongside the generic core skills training programme, provide those studying a research degree with a wealth of social and networking opportunities with Cranfield’s wider research community.