Queen’s Anniverary honour for Cranfield Uni


CRANFIELD University has won one of this year’s Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education.

Cranfield’s Safety and Accident Investigation Centre has been awarded this accolade for its ‘world-leading work in aviation safety through research and training in air accident investigation’.

The Safety and Accident Investigation Centre is a world-leading provider of air accident investigation training and research, making it a major contributor to international aviation safety. Over the last 30 years, it has trained over 1,000 air accident investigators and safety managers for national investigation agencies, the military, airlines, regulators and manufacturers. Past students have gone on to investigate some of the most serious aviation accidents in every continent including most recently, the Qantas Airbus A380 engine failure of late 2010.

Professor Graham Braithwaite, head of the Department of Air Transport said: “We are absolutely delighted with this prestigious award in recognition of the role our work has played in assuring the safety of travellers worldwide.

“The industry as a whole has benefited from the University’s work in aviation safety including passenger behaviour and fire evacuation procedures.”

In recent years the University’s expertise has also been applied to the rail and marine sectors through a range of innovative courses and a new MSc degree programme for accident investigators.

This is the third time the University has been awarded The Queen’s anniversary prize. It was recognised in 2007 for its international role in humanitarian demining and in 2005 for its Fellowship in Manufacturing Management.

The Prizes are a biennial award scheme which is within the UK’s national honours system. They are the UK’s most prestigious form of national recognition open to a UK academic or vocational institution.

The Awards Ceremony will take place at Buckingham Palace on February 24, 2012.