CSA Election Results 2018

Do you have the knowledge to compete in BBC’s University Challenge?

Are you a quiz wizard? Do you want to appear on BBC national television? Would you like to represent Cranfield University on University Challenge?

University Challenge is an academic, general knowledge quiz show in which teams of students from UK universities answer questions on a wide range of subjects. It is broadcast on BBC2 Mondays at 8 pm if you haven’t seen the programme before and would like to test yourself against the 2018 teams.

The CSA is now recruiting contestants for the 2019 season. The contest is open to all taught and research students: Masters or PhD, full or part time, studying on either campus or off-campus. The main rule is that you must be a registered student of Cranfield University until the end of the series recordings around May 2019.

Special Cranfield University Challenge team hoodies will be given to those students that represent Cranfield University.

Closing date for entry will be at the main trial, which will take place on Wednesday 31st October.

If interested, contact Martin Davey (m.davey@cranfield.ac.uk ) for further information.

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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.