Cranfield University

Cranfield University is one of the UK’s top five research-intensive universities and has a long lasting relationship with global business and industry. Cranfield is a postgraduate only institution that is a global leader in education and transformational research.

Within Cranfield, the School of Water, Energy and Environment, has an internationally recognised profile for its research and teaching in plants, soil, water, air and their dynamic interactions, drawing on the University’s long-term investment in world class staff and facilities. Cranfield recently became host for two major new facilities, established by the two multi-million pound agricultural technology centres – the Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation Centre (Agri-EPI) and the centre for Crop Health and Protection (CHAP). These new, state-of-the-art research facilities strengthen the UK’s capability in agricultural innovation and offer a unique potential to generate novel research outcomes and practical outcomes. The National Reference Centre for Soils also resides at CU, which is the largest collection of soils data and maps in Europe, recognised as a definitive source of national soils information.

Cranfield also holds a unique collection of overseas soil and natural resource maps as part of the World Soil Survey Archive and Catalogue (WOSSAC). Together, this wealth of expertise, facilities, and information led to Cranfield being awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize in Further and Higher Education for soil science in 2017, and water and sanitation in 2015.


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