We could not let our 50th anniversary pass by without taking the time to celebrate with our staff, current students, alumni and business partners. A series of events has been taking place throughout 2017 and will continue to occur leading up to the formal end of celebrations at the conclusion of the anniversary academic year in June 2018.

We see our big birthday as an opportunity to collectively reflect on our achievements, celebrate together, and look forward to the future ahead.

Upcoming events

Vibrant Economy breakfast series

Next event: 24th May 2018

At these breakfast events, hosted in partnership with leading business and financial advisor Grant Thornton UK LLP, our academics explore key issues that will impact business and society over the next 50 years. Topics for discussion and debate include the impact of today’s newborns on tomorrow’s world and how we close the gap between leaders’ intent and the experience of the workforce.

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Past events

Why do organisations need a purpose?

Tuesday 27th March 2018

Professor David Grayson and Sasha Romanovitch, CEO of Grant Thornton

Unlocking the potential for growth in your people

Woman speaking

Thursday 18th January 2018

As part of the Vibrant Economy breakfast series, Professor Clare Kelliher was joined by Grant Thornton's Stephanie Hasenbos-Case, People and Client Experience Leader, and Jenn Barnett, Head of People Experience, for a discussion on how businesses can boost the performance and potential of their employees in an increasingly unpredictable business environment.

Unlocking the potential for growth in your people

What does the future hold for Generation Alpha?

Joe Nellis

Friday 3rd November 2017

At this first event in our Vibrant Economy breakfast series, Professor Joe Nellis and Robert Hannah, partner at Grant Thornton UK LLP, discussed the characteristics of today’s youngest generation, the impact they will have on tomorrow’s world and the implications for business and society as a whole.

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What will the future hold for Generation Alpha?

50th Anniversary Gala Reunion


Saturday 21st October 2017

This special day allowed School of Management alumni the opportunity to reconnect with their classmates and celebrate our special birthday while hearing the latest thinking from our faculty, past and present. Highlights of a packed programme included an interactive Question Time-style debate on the topic of Brexit, the annual School of Management alumni awards, the chance to have a ‘Pint with a Professor’ at 1967 prices, class photos and a five-course black tie dinner with entertainment from swing band The Hot Shoes.

Watch a highlights video from the event

Some of the great feedback we received about the event:

“I would like to thank you for an excellent couple of days this last weekend. It is the first Alumni day and first reunion I have attended having completed the course 20 years ago, and I should have been to more!”

“Just a brief note to say how very much I enjoyed the reunion on Saturday… it was wonderful being back at Cranfield again to enjoy the lively discussions and atmosphere. During a discussion on Saturday with several alumni we reflected on how transformational the intense year at Cranfield had been for us and how it had made a major contribution to the success we had enjoyed in our careers that followed.”

“Thank you for the invitation to the Dinner on Saturday. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet up with colleagues and alumni, many of whom I have not seen for up to 30 years. The Social Club "Pint with a Prof" was particularly enjoyable.”

“I just wanted to thank you and all in your team for your excellent organisation and hospitality during the day and evening on Saturday last… It has never been a hardship for me to return to Cranfield because over the years the brains of staff and students have given back to me so much.”

50/Fifty: Celebrating and developing together


Friday 15th September 2017

Cranfield academics were joined by business leaders from the worlds of retail, football, Formula 1 and local government at this joint celebration of the 50th anniversaries of the School of Management and Milton Keynes City. Across a day of seminars, experts explored the latest global trends in business and management thinking, and showcased how Milton Keynes is leading the way in putting these trends into action.

Cranfield VentureDay and Festival of Enterprise


Thursday 14th September 2017

To mark 10 years since the first VentureDay was held at Cranfield, and in celebration of the School of Management’s 50th anniversary, we created a festival atmosphere for this year’s event with the addition of street food and music running alongside the usual expert sessions and networking opportunities. Among the speakers at the event were serial entrepreneur and FC Barcelona board member Didac Lee and Cranfield alumnus Harry Clarke, founder of the RingGo phone parking brand.

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