Milton Keynes MPs Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart visited Cranfield on Friday to hear about the latest developments at the University. The University was recently awarded its firth Queen's Anniversary Prize for its work in soil science.

They were given a guided tour of the Aerospace Integration Research Centre (AIRC), a newly opened £35million research facility funded by Rolls-Royce, Airbus, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the University. The AIRC is part of an ambitious masterplan to enhance the University’s campus.

On the tour, the MPs heard from Cranfield’s Vice-Chancellor Sir Peter Gregson about new developments at the University including the Digital Aviation Research Technology Centre (DARTeC) and a new Agricultural Informatics centre.

Professor Sir Peter Gregson, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Cranfield University said: “It was fantastic to have the opportunity to talk to Iain and Mark about our work here at Cranfield and brief them on our future plans. Our partnerships with some of the world’s leading companies are helping us leverage significant capital investment at the University, which will greatly benefit the region.  We are grateful for the ongoing support of MPs in the region.”

Mark Lancaster MP for Milton Keynes North said: “It is encouraging to see the high level of investment being ploughed into the University and I congratulate those who have worked hard to secure partnerships with the likes of Rolls-Royce and Airbus.  The team has the opportunity to research, test and develop the future of air travel and I for one will watch their progress with avid interest.”

Iain Stewart MP for Milton Keynes South added: “I was very impressed with the work that has already begun at the brand new £35million Aerospace Integration Research Centre and to learn that some of the biggest companies in that sector are collaborating to improve our experience of air travel in the future by sharing technological advances. With Cranfield University’s track record, I was not surprised to learn that it attracted this massive investment. ”

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Local MPs visit AIRC robotics
MPs Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart visit AIRC

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