The university has pioneered the development of education programmes that enhance the careers of its professional learners and the businesses sponsoring them. As the largest UK provider of Masters-level graduates in engineering, with a flagship MBA and extensive customised Executive Education and Professional Development programmes, Cranfield’s education portfolio is renowned for its relevance to business and government.
As one of the Foundation’s Pioneer Universities, Cranfield promotes a coordinated postgraduate research and teaching offering in circular economy thinking across its academic structure. Cranfield is hosted the Schmidt-MacArthur Summer School in 2014.
Its active participation in the CE100 as a research partner already supports CE100 companies with practical implementation of circular economy thinking.
Cranfield University is developing an ambitious partnership to support and develop innovative teaching and research programmes to drive the transition towards a circular economy.
Education: To successfully educate leaders of a closed loop and regenerative economy and the potential development of a ‘One’ University postgraduate course on the Circular Economy.
Experts from across the University in design, manufacturing and materials, engineering, environmental technology and management communities at Cranfield will work together to identify the core components necessary to successfully educate leaders of a closed loop and regenerative economy.
Research agenda: A fully integrated industry-driven research agenda across the university, capable of responding to the challenges of an emerging and closed loop economy through the development of tools, methods, materials, technology and innovative ways of doing business across the disciplines of design, engineering, environmental technology and management, including:
Product Passport+: Cranfield is working alongside Cisco and a group of industry leaders to take the courageous first step towards imagining a future in which products can ‘reinvent themselves’, based on live materials health, performance and usage feedback. The Product Passport+ will be the first of its kind, enabling organisations to manage their material streams and retain the value of material without waste.