‘Let’s get Bedfordshire growing!’ says Cranfield team behind Lockdown Lettuce Beds project

Scientists at Cranfield University, in collaboration with University of Liverpool and Lancaster University, are inviting local residents across Bedfordshire to get involved in their latest citizen science research project by growing lettuce in their gardens.

Residents who get involved will be sent lettuce-growing kits containing seeds, a logbook, a trowel, plant labels, markers, and sample collection kits.

The scientists are exploring whether growing more of our own food, particularly in urban areas, could lead to healthier lifestyles, improved wellbeing, and better access to healthy and nutritious food, especially during crises such as the current pandemic.

A Level results – your next step at University of Bedfordshire

Today (13 August 2020) is A Level Results Day and the start of Clearing 2020. The Clearing Team at the University of Bedfordshire has opened their phone lines and online chat rooms, and are ready to help prospective students.

Available to handle enquiries from early morning through until the evening, the University’s admissions team will be on hand over the coming days and weeks to talk through course options, accommodation and necessary funding.

As well as answering any questions about how student life and learning will function in the wake of the pandemic.

Central Bedfordshire Council launches return to school online helpdesk

Central Bedfordshire Council has launched a new online helpdesk for parents and carers requiring support or advice relating to the reopening of schools in September.

The Government has confirmed that it will be compulsory for children to return to school in September for the start of the new term.

Every school is required to undertake a rigorous risk assessment and have detailed plans in place for the September return, to help keep pupils safe, and schools will be able to advise parents and carers, on these plans.

Children’s Lockdown Experiences to be preserved by British Library’s ‘Digital Time Capsule’

Children have the opportunity to be a part of history by sharing their experiences of life during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Storychest is creating a digital time capsule of the impressions of children aged 3 to 17 during this extraordinary time. All submissions will be displayed on a dedicated Children of Lockdown website and will be archived by the British Library as part of the UK Web Archive

Children’s author Natalie Reeves Billing says these experiences will be displayed on a dedicated ‘Children of Lockdown’ website to be preserved as a digital time capsule by the British Library in the UK Web Archive.

For this historic project, children aged between 3 and 17 are being asked to reflect on their lockdown experiences and use stories, poems or pictures to share those experiences.

By preserving those experiences in the British Library’s UK Web Archive, children of the future will be able to see and understand what life was like during this unprecedented time, through the eyes of the children of today.

Resignation call by Central Bedfordshire councillor over council’s SEND failings labelled “political grandstanding”

A demand for heads to roll after a slow response to a highly critical special education needs and disabilities (SEND) inspection in Bedfordshire has been dubbed “political grandstanding”.

A draft improvement plan by Central Bedfordshire Council was due to be completed by May, following the report by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

But the pandemic has delayed the whole process, the council’s children’s services overview and scrutiny committee heard.

Aerospace fuel expert celebrates his 100th birthday with lecture to Cranfield students

Dr Eric Goodger has been a Cranfield University lecturer for many years following his career as a Cranfield academic. To celebrate his 100th birthday this week he will be presenting a lecture on his favourite topic, fuels and combustion.

As COVID-19 is preventing him from appearing in person, Eric will deliver his first live lecture using TEAMS on 9 July 2020. Cranfield University said that Eric may well be the oldest person to conduct a lecture using the technology.

Cranfield students part of all-female crew at the Mars Research Station

Two Cranfield University students will be part of an all-female crew at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah next year, aiming to fill the data gap on women’s performance in space exploration.

Six engineers, geologists and scientists, all under 28-years-old, will be going to the Mars simulation centre for a two-week mission in February 2021.

Jo Swinson joins Cranfield School of Management as visiting professor

Former business minister Jo Swinson has joined Cranfield School of Management as a visiting professor. The former leader of the Liberal Democrats will work with the business school’s Changing World of Work group. This Group examines the implications of the changing work context on managing people and organisations.

University of Bedfordshire celebrates £307k secured for Bedfordshire’s creative community

Emergency funding to help support local artists has been successfully secured from Arts Council England thanks to a collaborative effort by the University of Bedfordshire, Luton Borough Council and a number of creative charities.

Govia Thameslink Railway calls for budding engineers to consider rail careers

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is marking International Women in Engineering Day on 23 June 2020 with an interactive online event to offer an insight into engineering careers in the rail industry.

While aiming to attract more women to consider the sector, the event is open to anyone considering a role in engineering. Attendees will hear from colleagues from the rail operator, as well as key partners from the wider engineering industry.

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