Author: John Guinn

Bedfordshire CCG supports World Sepsis Day

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is supporting World Sepsis Day (13 September 2019) by increasing public awareness of a disease that in the UK kills 52,000 people every year.

Sepsis, also known as blood poisoning, is caused when the immune system overreacts to an infection and starts to damage the body’s own tissues and organs. This can result in life-changing disabilities or even death.

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Bedford Borough online schools admissions now open

Bedford Borough Council’s online admissions systems is now open to all parents and carers whose children are due to transfer to secondary or upper school in September 2020.

Borough parents who have a child in year 6 at primary school or year 8 at a middle school will need to transfer their child to a secondary school or upper school in next year.

The transfers to Secondary 2020 round and to Upper 2020 round are available from Thursday 12 September 2019 via the Council website.

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Cranfield University welcomes Government proposals to extend international students’ post-study visas

Cranfield University welcomes Government proposals to extend the period of time international students can remain in the UK after their studies to two years.

The Home Office has announced plans to reverse the decision made in 2012 by then-Home Secretary Theresa May that currently forces overseas students to leave four months after finishing their degree if they have not found a job.

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UNO celebrates its first People against Ordinary Awards

Local bus company Uno recognised and rewarded the very best people and teams across its business with its inaugural People Against Ordinary Awards held on Thursday (5 September 2019)

Employees from Cranfield, Northampton and Hatfield came together to celebrate in style at the University of Hertfordshire’s Fielder Centre.

The scheme recognised thirty-six finalists across ten categories, including The Extraordinary Driver of the Year and The WOW Award.

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Boys to be offered HPV vaccine for the first time

A free Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine will be offered to boys for the first time to help prevent the spread of HPV and stop certain types of cancers forming.

HPV is linked to 5% of all cancers worldwide causing the majority of genital cancers as well as some cancers in the neck and head. HPV is very common and can be caught easily through any kind of sexual contact with another person who already has it.

It is estimated that by vaccinating boys in year eight at school, as well as girls, it will prevent around 64,000 cervical cancers and around 50,000 non-cervical cancers affecting men and women by 2058.

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The role of Colossus and D-Day

Seventy-five years on from D-Day, information is still coming to light to show the role of Colossus and the breaking of Lorenz, Hitler’s most secret cipher.

On 28 September 2019 at 2.30 pm, in Block H, the home of Colossus, Mark Priestley and Gavin Clarke will reveal the pressures codebreakers worked under in the run-up to D-Day and the difficult choices they had to make in deciding what Lorenz messages to tackle.

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R G Carter secures contract with Cranfield University

East Anglian construction business, R G Carter, has been awarded the contract to build the new Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTeC) at Cranfield University.

The £65 million research facility is a partnership between the University and major industry partners such as Aveillant, BOXARR, Saab and Thales, with support from Research England.

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Cranfield Urban Observatory eyes city of the future

Work has started on the Cranfield Urban Observatory, part of the UK’s largest urban research programme. The programme is looking at how our cities could be managed and developed in the future for human wellbeing.

The heart of the Observatory is a £1 million state-of-the-art, campus-wide sensor network. This monitors factors such as air and noise pollution, ecosystem dynamics and resource flows.

The data will be used to investigate the effects of change and plan healthy and sustainable urban environments.

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Train bosses to meet passengers on Marston Vale line

Passengers using the Marston Vale line will have the chance to discuss the service with London Northwestern Railway managers later this month – aboard the trains themselves.

Services on the line are operated by London Northwestern Railway (LNR) and managers from the company will be aboard services departing between 2pm and 7pm on Thursday 12 September.

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Company HQ plans shown to Brogborough Parish Council

Representatives from Dawsongroup plc gave a presentation to Brogborough Parish Council on Wednesday (4 September 2019) to explain the company’s new plans to build its headquarters in the village.

It is currently based in Tongwell, Milton Keynes, but Freya Dawson, Dawsongroup’s property director, told the meeting that “we are now at bursting point”.

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