We are a driving force in the advancement of manufacturing innovation. We link fundamental materials research with manufacturing to develop novel technologies and improve the science base of the manufacturing research. Manufacturing excellence in niche areas is supported by world-class and near industry scale research facilities. Manufacturing is one of our eight main themes of academic focus.

Cranfield Manufacturing Council is a high level advisory group from industry and government supporting the next level of strategic development of Cranfield Manufacturing. The Council will be an external voice to guide us through the next stages of our journey and act as an ambassador for Cranfield.

Proposed terms of reference for the Council are to:

1. Advise on the academic plan for Manufacturing.

2. Advise on strategic industrial and other partnerships development.

3. Oversee and influence the organisation/development of the National Manufacturing Debate and National Apprenticeship Competition.

4. Select the annual ‘Distinguished Cranfield Manufacturing Alumni Award’ for the Alumni Day in May.

5. Advise and support development of a new Manufacturing Building within the campus master plan.

The Council is expected to meet once a year. The first meeting of the Council was on 8 February 2016.

Council Members

Cranfield Manufacturing Council Members for 2016 are:



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Andy Palmer, CEO, Aston Martin speaking at the launch of the Cranfield Manufacturing Council 8 February 2016

Andy Palmer

"Just having the debate, which, I hope was good for Cranfield University, was also quite good for me because it allowed me to think about some things. What we might need for future generations of manufacturing in Aston Martin".

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Lord Alec Broers (Chair) speaking at the launch of the Cranfield Manufacturing Council 8 February 2016

Lord Alec Broers

"We’ve got a cultural environment in the UK today that’s not encouraging expansion into modern technology manufacturing".

Cranfield has a huge role to play".