Category: Cranfield

Is it the end of the line for some BT phone boxes?

Central Bedfordshire Council has received 209 representations about BT’s proposals to remove 30 public pay-phones during the first phase of a community consultation.

The second phase of the consultation, which runs until Tuesday 21 January 2020, will enable residents to comment on whether they agree or object to the first decision.

Based on feedback from the local community and other public organisations such as town and parish councils and evidence provided, the first decision proposes objecting to 27 pay-phones being removed, including phone boxes in Cranfield, Ridgmont and Lidlington.

The Council said that the number of responses for each payphone was relatively small. But there is general support for retaining the boxes in villages, either as phone boxes or adopting them for community use.

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Cranfield University takes ownership of new flying classroom and laboratory

Cranfield University’s National Flying Laboratory Centre’s (NFLC) fleet expansion became a reality this month with the transfer of ownership of its latest asset, a Saab 340B aircraft.

The University has been fundraising this year for a replacement to their aging Jetstream 31, which operates from Cranfield’s Global Research Airport. The facility is unique in the UK by providing aerospace engineering students from over 20 Universities and Cranfield with invaluable flight test experience as a flying classroom.

Further funding is needed to complete modifications to support the next generation of aero-engineers. Being larger than the Jetstream 31, the Saab 340B will accommodate more students on each flight. This will create new research capabilities, including potentially in collaboration with other universities. The flying laboratory also undertakes research projects testing the development of aerospace technologies and flight operations.

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Possible changes to Cranfield & Marston Surgery Patient Participation Group discussed

The Cranfield & Marston Surgery Patient Participation Group held a meeting on Wednesday (13 November 2019) to discuss changes the surgery would like to make to the running of the group.

These changes include limiting the number of patients that can attend meetings as well as reducing the number of open meetings.

Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) provide a way for patients to provide feedback, ideas and views on the services provided at their local practice. This is to support the practice in providing the best possible service to patients.

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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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