Cranfield University: £7.5million hydrogen production plant pilot

Cranfield University is leading an international collaboration to examine the potential for low-carbon hydrogen to be the clean fuel of the future.

The HyPER project (Bulk Hydrogen Production by Sorbent Enhanced Steam Reforming) will construct a state-of-the-art 1.5 MWth pilot plant at Cranfield University to test an innovative hydrogen production technology that substantially reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) Energy Innovation Programme has provided £7.5million funding.

The project also involves US-based research and development organisation GTI and Doosan Babcock, a specialist in delivery of low-carbon technologies. The project centres on a novel hydrogen production technology invented by GTI.

‘Reading Well for Children’ at Bedford Borough’s libraries

‘Reading Well for Children’ has been launched by The Reading Agency and Libraries Connected to support children’s mental health and wellbeing.

This booklist is aimed at children aged 7-11, and has titles suitable for a range of reading levels. The list is now available at Bedford Central, Kempston and Putnoe libraries.

The list was developed by national experts together with children and families who have experienced some of these issues. It has been endorsed by leading health bodies, including the Royal Society for Public Health.

First Masterships students celebrate success in the classroom and in their careers

The UK’s first Executive MBA (eMBA) students to graduate on the Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship standard are celebrating excellent results from Cranfield University.

Those taking the eMBA, delivered in partnership with Grant Thornton UK LLP, achieved a 100% pass rate. Also, 84% of students on the Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship gained a distinction or merit.

University of Bedfordshire to explore impact of exercise in treating depression in teenagers

A collaborative research team led by the University of Hertfordshire along with the University of Bedfordshire, University of East Anglia, Norwich Clinical Trials Unit, local mental trusts and sports partnerships have won a £2.27m contract from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to investigate if exercise is a beneficial treatment for mild to moderate depression in young people aged 13-17.

The multi-disciplinary research trial will include health, psychology, and exercise researchers and practitioners from the School of Life and Medical Sciences and the School of Health and Social Work (University of Hertfordshire), the Research Centre for Health, Wellbeing and Behaviour Change (University of Bedfordshire), Norwich Clinical Trials Unit and the University of East Anglia.

Bedford Borough children getting active and car use reducing on school journeys

Bedford Borough Council and the sustainable transport charity Sustrans have been working with schools to encourage children and parents to walk, cycle or scoot to school.

Since 2016, Sustrans has seen car use for the school run decrease. More pupils are regularly cycling or ‘travelling actively’ to get to school.

In the 2018/19 school year, Sustrans delivered over 200 activities. Over 23,000 pupil attended a variety of sessions including learning how to scoot safely, bike skills and learning to balance on a bike.

The Sustrans project is not just about getting local children more active on their journey to school, but throughout their lives.

A survey of local school children found that more are using their bikes during their free time, forming good habits for a lifetime.

Have your say on changes to schools in the Woburn Sands area

Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) has launched a public consultation on proposals to change schools in the Woburn Sands area.

This is part of the Schools for the Future programme and includes Husborne Crawley, Ridgmont and Woburn lower schools.

The programme is being carried out in stages and will eventually cover the whole of Central Bedfordshire. The Council claims that progress through these stages will be delivered in line with the needs of each community.

All the schools in the area have been working with CBC to develop a proposal that would move the schools to a primary/secondary system.

This, CBC claims, will mean that pupils will be able attend both primary and secondary school in their local area.

University of Bedfordshire launches Target Zero sustainability and green initiative

The University of Bedfordshire has launched its Target Zero campaign, outlining its plans for the year ahead. The 12-month Target Zero initiative aims to reduce carbon emissions by a further 510 tonnes. It also plans to increase recycling rates by 12% across all campuses, through the support of students and staff.

Return of fifth annual creative writing competition for children in care and young care leavers

Coram Voice has announced the return of Voices, the annual writing competition for children in care and young care leavers across the country.

The competition, which is now in its fifth year, will be open for entries from 12 December 2019 until 12 February 2020.

Coram Voice, a charity that ensures the voices of children and young people in and around the care system are heard, first launched the competition in 2016 as a platform for care-experienced young people to express their creative talents and to celebrate their voices.

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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