Category: Cranfield

Dr Doyin Atewologun from Cranfield University wins Inspiring Board Leader award

Dr Doyin Atewologun, reader and director of the Gender, Leadership and Inclusion Centre at Cranfield University, has won the Inspiring Board Leader of the Year award at The Precious Awards.

The Precious Awards celebrate the professional achievements of women of colour in the UK.

Dr Atewologun was recognised for her work in highlighting BAME female board-ready talent in the 2019 Women to Watch supplement to the Female FTSE Board Report.

This was produced in collaboration with the Black British Business Awards and The Network of Networks BAME – Multicultural Chapter (TNON). It featured women from a range of sectors and from across the BAME spectrum.

The Female FTSE Board Report 2019 revealed that only 11% of women on FTSE 100 boards were from BAME backgrounds.

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Cranfield and Network Rail launch supply chain and logistics educational partnership

Network Rail and Cranfield School of Management have agreed an educational partnership between the two organisations.

Network Rail is offering employees in its supply chain operations function a suite of development opportunities provided by Cranfield, including course content relevant to the railway supply chain.

While the placement programme provides the students with real-life supply chain challenges to develop their experience, Cranfield’s courses are developing the knowledge and expertise of Network Rail’s supply chain operations employees, professionalising the team’s capability.

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Decision on proposed waiting restrictions for Red Lion Close deferred

Central Bedfordshire Council’s (CBC) Traffic Management Committee has decided to defer a decision on the proposed waiting restrictions for Red Lion Close.
The full proposal was to introduce no-waiting at any time, no waiting on Mondays – Fridays 8:00am to 9:30am and 3:00pm to 4:30pm and no restriction parking bays in Red Lion Close and to implement a footway buildout at the junction of Walk House Close and the High St.

Red Lion Close is a residential road which includes Holywell School. Residents have been highlighting the issues with inappropriate parking and traffic congestion at school peak hours for a number of years. Cllr Sue Clark told the Committee that these concerns have centred around the safety of the school children and not by any inconvenience suffered by the residents.

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Cranfield MBA ranked number one in the UK for increase in salary

Cranfield School of Management’s MBA has been named as number one in the UK for percentage increase in post-MBA salary in the Which MBA? Full-time MBA ranking 2019, published by The Economist.

This year’s ranking represents an increase in Cranfield’s position by 15 places.

Cranfield’s full-time one-year MBA programme was also ranked second in the UK for Potential to Network and fifth in the UK for overall performance

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New insect database to help with forensic investigations

Researchers at Cranfield University are using blowflies and other insects to develop a database which will provide a complementary method of estimating time since death in forensic investigations.

The database – thought to be the first of its kind in the world – uses chemical profiles from the waxy coating on the outside of insects and will provide a library for forensic entomologists to refer to when investigating cases.

Forensic pathologists can give an accurate post-mortem interval estimate up to 72 hours after death. After this, forensic entomologists are often called to crime scenes and use the age of insects that inhabit decomposing remains to give a more accurate indication of how long the person has been deceased.

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100% organic farming “could increase greenhouse gas emissions”

Research found direct greenhouse gas emissions are reduced with organic farming but increased imports means net emissions are greater

A 100% shift to organic farming in England and Wales would yield up to 40% less food if the nation did not change its diet. Leading to increased imports and a net increase in greenhouse gas emissions, researchers have found.

The study, published in Nature Communications was principally conducted by Dr Laurence Smith, whilst at Cranfield University (now of the Royal Agricultural University), with Professor Guy Kirk and Dr Adrian Williams of Cranfield University and Philip Jones of Reading University.

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Cranfield University launches Brexit-readiness training

Cranfield University is partnering with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport to provide free Brexit-readiness training to businesses ahead of the UK’s potential exit from the European Union later this month.

With less than four weeks to go until the UK is due to leave the EU, CILT (UK) – the professional membership body for those involved in the movement of goods and people – has launched a series of workshops and television training sessions to ensure small and medium-sized businesses are equipped with crucial guidance on cross-border customs and how best to prepare for the impact Brexit is likely to have on importing and exporting with EU countries.

The training sessions, delivered via the brand new CILT-TV, will be hosted in Cranfield’s in-house television studios and be available for participants to view via laptops and handheld devices. Interactive broadcasts will focus on two main areas

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Bird keepers urged to prepare for winter Avian Flu threat

The Chief Veterinary Officers across the UK are encouraging all poultry keepers to take action now to reduce the risk of disease in their birds over the winter.

There are some simple measures that all poultry keepers, whether they are running a large commercial farm, keeping a few hens in their back garden, or rearing game birds, should take to protect their birds against the threat of avian influenza (bird flu) in the coming winter months.

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Openreach chooses Cranfield for new rural broadband trial

Some of the fastest and most reliable broadband in the UK is heading to the village of Cranfield, after it was named as one of 13 rural communities to benefit from a new broadband trial.

Openreach engineers will be working in the Bedfordshire village to test a range of new tools and techniques as they install the latest ‘full’ fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband.

In some areas the first homes and businesses could order FTTP in time for Christmas, with work continuing during 2020. Once services are live, people living and working there will have access to download speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second (1Gbps).

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