Tech giant McAfee becomes 100th business to back MK:U

McAfee becomes the hundredth business to have signed up to the MK:U Business Supporters Group believing that the proposed university is key to providing both their future skills needs and the UK as a whole.

MK:U is planned to be a new model university for Milton Keynes, designed to meet urgent technological and skills gaps. The vision for the new, ground-breaking university is one that is hands-on, focused on a curriculum for the digital economy, and specifically addressing the employment needs of organisations.

The development of MK:U is being led by Cranfield University in partnership with Milton Keynes Council. It plans to open its doors to students fully in 2024.

Cranfield and NERC Digital Sprint: digital environmental solutions to tackle effects of COVID-19

A digital sprint, featuring a series of hackathons, led by Cranfield University and the Natural Environment Research Council has seen multiple projects awarded prizes for innovation and use of digital technology.

Scientists from across the world participated in teams during three successive hackathons to develop digital environmental tools that can help track, understand and predict the effects of COVID-19 and help lead to a greener post-pandemic future.

Inmarsat to support Cranfield University’s Digital Research Centre

Inmarsat, (mobile satellite communications) has announced (14 October 2020) that it will provide engineering support, communications services and equipment to Cranfield University’s Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTeC) consortium, supported by Honeywell Aerospace.

Set to open during the first quarter of 2021, DARTeC will spearhead UK research into digital aviation technology.

University of Bedfordshire: celebrate Local Radio Day with Radio LaB

Community radio station, Radio LaB, based at the University of Bedfordshire, is taking part in the fifth annual Local Radio Day campaign.

Local Radio Day returns on Monday 12th October 2020. The day highlights the value of local radio to communities and celebrates the unique relationship between local broadcasters and their listeners.

‘Best of the best’ win Net Zero scholarships at Cranfield University

A new wave of energy and power graduates have been awarded places on Cranfield University’s Net Zero Scholarship programme.

The candidates have been hand-picked for their ambition, academic achievements and commitment to driving change at a global level.

Cranfield University is collecting sky high memories from flight students

Cranfield University is appealing to students who have flown in their aircraft to share their anecdotes and experiences of their flights as students.

Professor Nicholas Lawson, head of NFLC, said:

“Over the years, we have had hundreds of students from Cranfield and other institutions that have benefited from the facilities at NFLC. Many of them have interesting tales to tell.

“We would love to hear about their experiences and how it has impacted their future careers, as well as helping us build a social history of the NFLC.”

Cranfield expert shortlisted for Outstanding Technician of the Year

Jane Hubble, head of Technical Services in the School of Water, Energy and the Environment (SWEE), Cranfield University, has been shortlisted as a finalist for Outstanding Technician of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards 2020.

Jane led a £3 million project to transform Cranfield’s environmental laboratory facilities into a new large shared Environmental Analytical Facility, used by 250 MSc, PhD and postdoctoral students each year.

Bedford Borough online school admissions now open

Bedford Borough Council’s online admissions system is now open to all parents and carers whose children are due to transfer to secondary or upper school in September 2021.

Central Bedfordshire Council: Apply for your child’s school place for September 2021

Central Bedfordshire applications are open if your child is due to start school, or transfer to middle, secondary or upper school in September 2021.

If you are applying for a place to start school or to join a middle school, you have until Friday 15 January 2021 to make an application.

The deadline for applications for young people transferring to a secondary or upper school in 2021 is Saturday 31 October, 2020.

Back To School In Bedford Borough

Bedford Borough Council has welcomed the measures put in place in schools across the Borough to enable the safe return of pupils as they start the Autumn term.

With ​COVID-19 still present in the community, schools have introduced measures to protect staff and pupils. Such as classroom bubbles to limit the contact between pupils, staggered arrival and leaving times and additional cleaning regimes.

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