Cranfield University has been granted a Gold Employer Recognition award by the Ministry of Defence.

The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) was launched in 2014 to recognise and reward UK employers that support veterans, military spouses and cadet instructors, as well as reservists. It recognises organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to the Armed Forces community, and share the values defined in the Armed Forces Covenant.

Professor Sir Peter Gregson, Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University, commented: "Cranfield University has a proud tradition of supporting our Armed Forces and we have many reservists and former military personnel among our staff. It is crucial that we actively demonstrate support and flexibility to those making an invaluable contribution to our nation’s defence and security."

Gold award-holders demonstrate their support by employing staff from the defence community, actively communicating and projecting a positive image of defence to their partners and supply chain. Employees who volunteer for the Armed Forces are given the flexibility needed to plan and fulfil their annual training and mobilisation commitments.

Jon Stewart, Cranfield University’s Head of HR Operations, said: "Cranfield University is a world leader for defence and security education, so we are delighted to be recognised with this gold award. Our HR policies ensure we offer flexibility to current and former military staff and their families, and we greatly value the skills and hard work our Armed Forces’ colleagues bring to our University."

Johnny Mercer, Minister for Defence People and Veterans said: "The breadth and diversity of the winners this year shows how business support for the Armed Forces continues to grow no matter the sector, company size or location. I am grateful for the positive attitude and flexible policies these organisations have adapted towards the defence community, which is testament to the fantastic contribution our serving personnel, veterans and their families can make to any organisation."

The University originally pledged its support to the Armed Forces scheme in December 2016, achieving Silver Employer Recognition in 2017 and re-signing the Armed Forces Covenant in February 2020. Cranfield University also recently recognised the achievements of forces veteran Captain Tom Moore with an honorary degree.