COVID-19: Culture at your fingertips from home

Across the UK, arts organisations, museums and theatres are unveiling innovative digital plans to ensure culture and creativity is accessible for all

Over the past week, arts and cultural organisations have launched a range of digital initiatives to ensure extraordinary national collections and performances can be enjoyed by everyone whilst following the latest guidance from public health experts to stay at home.

The range of online opportunities spans theatre, dance, opera, literature, museums and fine arts, all of which can be accessed at the click of a button, from the homes of millions of people across the UK and the rest of the world.

Bedfordshire Fire Service creates a ‘virtual’ school visit

Kempston White Watch from Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has made a ‘virtual school visit’ suitable for young primary school children.

The video was made in an attempt to reach out to isolated families and engage with young children on fire safety.

Boeing joins Cranfield University’s digital aviation research project

Boeing has joined the £65 million Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTeC), due to become operational this summer at Cranfield University.

The Centre was built to research digital aviation technology. It includes an experimental airport terminal and a ‘hangar of the future’, fully instrumented for advanced digital maintenance repair and operations.

Boeing and Cranfield have been working together for over 25 years on a range of research and technology projects. Such as the development of new aircraft concepts and studies into passenger behaviour, cabin refurbishment and management processes.

Cranfield University: The danger of consumers substituting product

A consumer “substitution” could create serious consequences for other supply chains that are critical to society and life, warns supply chain academic Professor Richard Wilding OBE.

During the panic buying of toilet paper and other tissue products. consumers may not be considering the consequences of using alternative products for the tasks they were not designed for.

Thames Water is already warning its customers not to use kitchen towel as a substitute for toilet paper.

If Kitchen towels, baby wipes or industrial papers are used as a replacement for toilet paper, sewage systems could become blocked. Which could result in chaos and increased health risks associated. Water companies may not have the infrastructure and equipment to unblock the sewer system.

Best of the best wanted – Cranfield University launches global academic talent search

Cranfield University has launched a global academic talent search. It aims to recruit some of the world’s best up-and-coming research staff to its newly launched 75th Anniversary Research Fellowship scheme.

The scheme is looking to provide a platform for some of the world’s most gifted researchers to make breakthroughs in their fields and provide a springboard for their future academic career.

It will give talented early career researchers an opportunity to conduct innovative research, without the pressures to seek industry funding or teaching commitments.

The scheme will start in September 2020, to mark the University’s upcoming 75th anniversary.

Extensive failures outlined in Ofsted report have been “catastrophic for countless families” in Central Bedfordshire

At the recent Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee (10 March 2020), Amy Irvins, speaking for parents, told Central Bedfordshire Council that “the extensive failures outlined in the recent Ofsted report have been catastrophic for countless families.”

Cranfield University hosts the second Unilever Innovation Accelerator

Cranfield University recently hosted the second Unilever Innovation Accelerator. This is an opportunity for its students to develop solutions to business challenges and to contribute to the development of the next generation of ice cream and tea products.

The winning team, Zinda Tea (Muriel Isabelle Hagenaars, Celia Hazi, Shreyas Khanore and Tsepiso Mlambisa) was rewarded with the first prize of £5,000.

Cranfield University raises funds for new accommodation and enhanced student experience

Cranfield University, a postgraduate university in technology and management, has raised £150 million to fund additional on-site student accommodation and to enhance the student and staff experience.

The money, which is repayable at different points over the next 30 years. It was raised through a private placement arranged by HSBC, with three North American insurance companies providing the finance.

A number of other leading universities have raised money in the private placement market in recent years.

The funds will be used to create 865 new student rooms on the Cranfield campus. The first phase will be available from September 2021.

The funds will also be used to construct the Beacon. This is a new circa 4,000 square metre building at the heart of the campus.

Children encouraged to saddle-up for Big Pedal schools’ challenge

Central Bedfordshire Council, with the support of sustainable transport charity Sustrans, is encouraging children, teachers and parents to jump on their bikes and scooters to take part in The Big Pedal 2020.

The competition runs from Monday 22 April to Friday 5 May is a national challenge between schools to get more young people cycling and scooting.

It is free to enter and will encourage participants to leave their cars at home and choose two wheels for their school journey instead.

Cranfield School of Management study: Brexit impact on supplier risk appetite

A new study by Cranfield School of Management, using Dun & Bradstreet data, investigates the risks and measures UK and EU businesses have taken regarding their supply bases since the Brexit referendum in 2016. The findings have been drawn from analysis of 1.3 million anonymous transactions.

A woman wearing a graduation cap smiling and looking up at the sky. Education News from the Cranfield and Marston Vale Chronicle. Photo by Juan Ramos on Unsplash

Education News and information

The latest Education News, comment and analysis on local schools, including further and higher education in the Cranfield and Marston Vale area.

The Cranfield and Marston Vale Chronicle’s Education News section provides the latest news on the area nurseries, schools, sixth form and further education colleges, and universities.

The area covered includes Central Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough Councils. Education News covers school performance, planning for population increases and school closures.