Simon Harwood - Director of Defence and Security

Cranfield Defence and Security is the University’s embedded capability at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom at Shrivenham and the defence-related interests at our Bedfordshire campus.

Cranfield has always been at the forefront of Defence and Security and the strategic partnership with the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) offers a unique gateway for teaching, research and consultancy. It is the single largest educational contract in Europe. We utilise a unique set of capabilities, expertise and facilities to deliver practical solutions that make a real difference to the lives of military personnel and civilians across the world.

At Defence and Security we have 3 priorities: firstly delivering a world-class graduate education for our military and civilian students. Secondly, utilising our thought-leading experts and unrivalled set of facilities to create new insights and understandings into the fundamental and practical challenges facing the defence and security research community around the world. Finally, we build on Cranfield’s outstanding track record of engagement with industry to build partnerships with industry to address skills needs, commercial opportunities and wider policy and practice for the defence and security sectors.

We’re a very special organisation with capabilities and competencies within a single organisation that is rarely found elsewhere.

Please take the time to learn more about us. Whether you are a prospective student, already in the defence and security sector or a governmental or commercial organisation, we have the competencies, the resources and above all the attitude to make the difference you are looking for.

Professor Simon Jones - Pro-Vice-Chancellor - Defence and Security