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.

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.

12th Nov is ‘Uni Drop-Out Day’

Thousands of students (over 20,000) drop out of university every year and November 12th is the most common day for first year students (freshers) to drop out.

Statistically, the 12th November is the date when first year students are most likely to drop out of their course, just over eight weeks after starting.

For new university students, the first term can be difficult to manage. Few friends, unfamiliar people and timetables, and a completely new place to live can make the first 8-10 weeks lonely, scary and overwhelming. Around 1 in 16 students don’t start their second year.

Dr Lisette Johnston Head of School at ScreenSpace gives tips for those considering dropping out

Researchers seeking people over 50 who feel stigmatised because of alcohol use

Researchers from the University of Bedfordshire are looking for people over the age of 50 from the Bedfordshire area who are experiencing problems with their drinking but haven’t sought help because of the stigma around alcohol problems.

Dr Sarah Wadd, Director of the Substance Misuse and Ageing Research Team (SMART) at the Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care at the University of Bedfordshire, said: “We know that people experiencing problems with alcohol can feel judged and looked down upon because of their drinking. Sadly, this can lead to feelings of guilt, self-blame, hopelessness and despair and prevent people seeking help. “

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

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.

‘Cracking Ideas’ competition launched for young inventors

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and Aardman have launched a new Wallace & Gromit ‘Cracking Ideas’ competition.

The competition is open to individuals and groups aged five to eleven. To enter, young inventors need to design something that will make life better.

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