Staff flying high after earning heritage award

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STAFF at Cranfield University are celebrating after receiving yet another award.

They have been awarded an Aeronautical Heritage Award by the Royal Aeronautical Society or RAeS – in recognition of the many ‘significant contributions’ they have made to aerospace science and technology around the world.

Vice Chancellor of Cranfield University, Professor Sir John O’Reilly, said: “I am delighted that the contributions to the global aerospace sector made by Cranfield, since its establishment as the College of Aeronautics in 1946, have been recognised in this way.”

He exaplained many of the achievements and technological advances have been made at the University since its establishment as the College of Aeronautics in 1946.

The college was the forerunner to Cranfield University and was based at the RAF station in Cranfield.

Through the 1950s and 60s the development of a number of aspects of aircraft research and design led to considerable growth into other technologies as well as the manufacturing and management side it is famous across the world for in the present day.

In 1969 the College became the Cranfield Institute of technology – the name it holds today. It was incorporated by the Royal Charter with full degree-awarding powers and in doing so a number of new departments were created to cover the subjects – one of which was the Cranfield School of Management.

In the last 30 years there have been a number of other significant advances and more progress made.

This includes an academic partnership with the Defence College of Management and Technology at Shrivenham in Wiltshire.

The result is that Cranfield has grown to become the largest centre across the whole of Europe for applied research, development and design.

The award ceremony took place at the site on April 28 with the heritage plaque unveiled outside the main building in front of more than 200 Cranfield staff, students and industry partners.

The RAeS introduced the Aeronautical Heritage Award scheme to recognise significant contributions made to ‘the art and science of aeronautics’ across the UK.’

They will be looking to place plaques at a number of other centres to help commemorate significant places, people and things. The main aim will be to celebrate British tecnological innovations or operational achievements that have made an original and unique contribution of world significance.