Cranfield lecturer shortlisted for national Women in Defence award

Dr Annie Maddison Warren, senior lecturer in Information Systems at the Centre for Electronic Warfare, Information and Cyber at Cranfield University, and champion of young academics, has been shortlisted in the Inspirational Award category at the 2019 Women in Defence Awards.

Women in Defence is a community of men and women dedicated to improving gender balance across the Defence sector.

Dr Maddison Warren has been shortlisted for her dedication to nurturing the defence and security academics of the future.

Bedford Borough online schools admissions now open

Bedford Borough Council’s online admissions systems is now open to all parents and carers whose children are due to transfer to secondary or upper school in September 2020.

Borough parents who have a child in year 6 at primary school or year 8 at a middle school will need to transfer their child to a secondary school or upper school in next year.

The transfers to Secondary 2020 round and to Upper 2020 round are available from Thursday 12 September 2019 via the Council website.

Cranfield University welcomes Government proposals to extend international students’ post-study visas

Cranfield University welcomes Government proposals to extend the period of time international students can remain in the UK after their studies to two years.

The Home Office has announced plans to reverse the decision made in 2012 by then-Home Secretary Theresa May that currently forces overseas students to leave four months after finishing their degree if they have not found a job.

Cranfield Urban Observatory eyes city of the future

Work has started on the Cranfield Urban Observatory, part of the UK’s largest urban research programme. The programme is looking at how our cities could be managed and developed in the future for human wellbeing.

The heart of the Observatory is a £1 million state-of-the-art, campus-wide sensor network. This monitors factors such as air and noise pollution, ecosystem dynamics and resource flows.

The data will be used to investigate the effects of change and plan healthy and sustainable urban environments.

Schools encouraged to apply for free outdoor learning resources

Schools can apply for up to £500 worth of free outdoor learning resources to allow youngsters to get hands on with nature.

Applications for the Local School Nature Grants are open from now up until the 22nd November 2019.

Learning through Landscapes is distributing £550,000 of funding raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The funds were awarded from Postcode Local Trust.

Cranfield student selected for inaugural Santander STEMships programme

A Cranfield University student has been selected as one of the first ever beneficiaries of the inaugural Santander Universities STEMships programme. The initiative, launched by Santander UK, is dedicated to supporting female engineering students at universities across the country and aims to encourage more women to embark on a career in the UK engineering industry.

Is your child really ready for school?

Is your child worried about starting school?

Moving into a new classroom can be scary and take a bit of getting used to for even the most confident child. For lots of children, moving into Reception will be their first time in a school environment

But whether they are moving from a private nursery, from being at home full-time or being in a nursery class attached to a school, they will have to get used to new adults, peers, routines, expectations and the large school setting. And that’s a big ask for a little one.

Major businesses back MK:U and improved STEM education for UK undergraduates

Some of the UK’s biggest businesses have united to launch a supporters group for the creation of a new STEM-focused university in Milton Keynes. MK:U, planned to be a new-model university aligned to business needs, is set to help them address the digital revolution taking place in their global industries.

The businesses, which include Network Rail, Santander, Capita, Aston Martin, PWC and Grant Thornton, employ over 200,000 people in the UK. They want to see MK:U develop graduates with much-needed skills in cyber security, AI, and data science.

Cranfield University students win award for ‘innovative’ water project

A team of students from Cranfield University has won an award from a national water association for designing an ‘innovative’ water scheme for an eco-friendly hotel.

The Cranfield team’s project, called Eco-Hotel, encompassed designing a drinking water, grey water and wastewater treatment plant for Eco-Stay’s flagship ‘off-grid’ ecohotel in Exeter.

Getting clear on student finance

Students in England still have time to get their finances sorted for the 19/20 academic year. That’s the message from the Student Loans Company (SLC) as Clearing ramps up.

Thousands of young people across England have now received their exam results and last year 55,000 people applied for student finance once they had received their exam results.

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