CSA Student Choice Awards – simply the best!

What are the Student Choice Awards?

These awards are to recognise quality lecturers, school support staff and non-teaching staff who have been the best at what they do and even gone the extra mile to enhance your student experience.

Good teachers and support staff play a vital role in student success at Cranfield University and beyond. Nominating someone for a SCA is a chance to recognise and thank the people who have had the greatest positive impact on your student experience.

It’s your opportunity to give them the recognition they deserve.

The CSA SCA nominations are now open. Download either the Research Students or Taught CourseTaught Course SCA form or follow this link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SCA2018-19 to make your nominations online.

You can nominate your best lecturer or research supervisor.

In addition, you can nominate up to three staff members for the Excellence Awards. These individuals may be anyone you would like to thank, who have significantly enhanced your time at Cranfield, from anywhere in the campus: academic, support, technical, service, leisure or any other category important to you.

For each nomination you are asked to tell the judging committee why you are nominating a particular person for an award. These comments will be crucial when it comes to short listing and deciding on a winner, so please take the time to give your reasons.

Nominations are open until 12th April.

The Cranfield nominees and winners will be announced at the SCA awards event on Thursday 16th May, 1pm in Stafford Cripps, SC2. All students and staff are invited so come along and cheer on your nominees.

Further information

The judging committees will comprise of the CSA President, Campus Vice President, General Manager, a senior staff nominee from each school and the respective school representatives. Selection of award winners will be based upon a combination of the number of students in the teaching cohort, the number of nominations and the quality of the written comments from students. Negative or abusive comments will not be considered.

All nominations will be in confidence, and anonymous if the student so wishes. Data and comments will only be viewed by the selection committees and project administrator, although comments may be collated into a citation for winning staff. Data on individual members of staff will not be passed on to departments or managers, and all data will be destroyed after the awards have been presented.

Welcome to Cranfield University

International Food @CSA Cranfield

Missing a taste of home? Try our international food at the CSA Cranfield. Every weekday there is a different cuisine featured in the back room of the CSA building from 12 – 2pm.
Mondays – Indian
Tuesdays – Middle Eastern
Wednesdays – African
Thursdays – Paella
Fridays – African.
All food is prepared by a qualified chef. Varied menu each time with vegetarian options available.

Student Choice Awards 2018

Take up the Olympic Challenge!

Assemble your team for a fun afternoon of team races and challenges against the clock on Sunday 8th July, 13.00-19.00hrs. Cranfield Olympics is a one day event when you get to compete in some not-so-serious sports and fun activities.

The Olympics is about having fun and working as part of a team, so you don’t have to be incredibly fit or sporty as a little forethought and planning can make all the difference.

The competition starts on the main field with the wacky races when you will compete simultaneously with all teams to be the fastest across the course. These races will feature some traditional ball games and relays, as well as some less familiar activities, such as ‘Balloon ‘n’ Biscuit’ and ‘Egg Toss’. And yes, before you ask, egg toss is with a raw egg as some competitors discovered to their dismay last year!

Then on to the individual team challenges where team work, synchronisation, timing and ingenuity will triumph.  So far these include: Tug of war, Walk the plank, 8 legged sprint, welly wang, It’s just not cricket. However this list will change as we rack our brains to invent even more fiendish challenges!

Entry is free. Download the Entry Form to register a team of at least 10 people, including at least two female team members or pick one up at the CSA. Entry forms to be in to the CSA Office by 16.00hrs, Wednesday 4th July.

BUCS Sports Report

Many of the teams competing in BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) have finished their season so how did we fare? When you take into consideration that our teams start competing the moment they arrive in October, have never even played together before and come from all over the world, it’s amazing that Cranfield even competes, never mind actually winning! So here’s a round up of all our sporting news.

Congratulations to the Men’s Basketball team on their unbeaten run in the Midlands 3B league. They won all 10 games topping their league with maximum points. Not content with victory in their BUCS league, they hopped across the channel to triumph at the European Aerostudent Games in Toulouse. See their report here.

Men’s Handball also surpassed themselves by being unbeaten and winners of the EHA North & Midlands Regional League (http://www.englandhandball.com/regional-development-league/regional-league-north-and-midlands/men). They also competed in the British Universities Championship. They finished in 1st place at the group stage so automatically went through the finals stage where 16 teams competed. Cranfield won through by 1 goal in a tense final against Durham University to take the trophy for the second time in 3 years.

Cranfield Womens Basketball, Mens Football and Mens Volleyball took a respectable second place in their respective BUCS leagues whilst the Womens Volleyball team reached the semi-final of the Conference Cup where they lost to the eventual winners, Birmingham 1sts.

In individual events, after two great days of competition at West Midlands Shooting Ground Ben McIlwaine won the BUCS Clay Pigeon Shooting Overall and Men’s High Gun Title with a top score of 92 from a field of over 400 entrants.

Congratulations to everyone who has played a part in representing Cranfield at sport

As summer approaches, watch out for cricket balls flying on the field as Cranfield will be competing in the BUCS Cricket league starting 2nd May.  Spectators are always welcome.


After an exciting season, the men’s basketball team managed to finish undefeated in the 2017-2018 BUCS league! By defeating all opponents in the 3rd division, the men’s basketball team was promoted to the 2nd division and next year will be challenged with even tougher games. Cranfield emerged victorious from all matches, home and away, and effectively put together a 10-game winning streak.

Read the full story here…….


Be seen, be safe – Free Hi-Vis Vests at CSA

The nights are drawing in and it’s getting darker earlier so it’s important that pedestrians, runners and cyclists can be seen by motorists. The CSA is running a campaign to provide students with a free hi-vis vest to ensure that you can be easily seen when walking/cycling around campus and the local area.

If you would like a vest then you can pick one up at Shrivenham or Cranfield CSA Offices.
Shrivenham – CSA office, Slim building, room 23. Our office is open on Wednesday’s between 13.00 and 14.30.
Cranfield – CSA Office, building 114. Office open Monday-Friday 09.00-17.00hrs.