At Shrivenham, the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, we provide you with cutting edge facilities to increase your potential to the highest level possible.

Our range of learning facilities include:

  • Simulation and Synthetic Environment Laboratory;
  • Decision Analysis and Risk Management Laboratory;
  • Forensic Institute Analytical Laboratory;
  • Materials Characterisation Facility;
  • Radiation facilities;
  • Defence Test and Evaluation Centre;
  • Explosive facilities;
  • Ballistics Test ranges;
  • Unmanned Autonomous Systems Laboratory;
  • Intelligent Propulsion and Emissions Laboratory.     

The Barrington Library

The library supports all students and staff members by providing books, journals and online content in support of all subjects taught and researched at Cranfield Defence and Security, including:

  • A core collection of more than 165,000 hard-copy books and 40,000 research and technical reports;
  • A comprehensive range of subject databases, 14,000 eBooks and more than 36,000 full-text electronic journals;
  • An effective inter-library loan service for obtaining any documents you need, to which we do not have immediate access - details of all these may be accessed via the Barrington Digital Library;
  • Full training for all students on how to make best use of the library resources, including advice on referencing and how to keep up to date in your academic discipline;
  • Thesis workshops, online training, one-to-one assistance and study skills guidance via the school’s virtual learning environment (VLE);
  • Dedicated Library Information Specialist for each course to provide you with full support in using the library throughout your time at Shrivenham, and help is always available online via the ‘Ask a Librarian’ service;
  • Access to theses, staff papers and classified material (subject to the requirements of your chosen course) via the Library Reports Section - no other UK university can provide this;
  • Excellent contacts with Dstl, Qinetiq, Ministry of Defence libraries and overseas military establishments, meaning hard-to-find material can often be sourced;
  • Support of the University’s Careers Service by hosting both a careers information area and private meeting space for students to have careers guidance interviews;
  • Takeaway copies and reference materials on all aspects of careers development such as the Cranfield CV guide, as well as guidance on the recruitment process, including application forms, psychometric tests and interviews;
  • A suite of IT resources which will support your learning throughout your studies whether on or off campus.

Additional support is also offered to those with disabilities, including adjustments to services and providing assistive support technology where appropriate.