Cranfield seeks to provide its students with the best possible educational experience. We set and maintain high academic standards for teaching and learning across all our programmes, supported by robust quality assurance policies and procedures.

Quality Assurance is underpinned by our Education and Research Strategies, our Knowledge Exploitation Strategy and is based on the University Charter and Statutes.



Annual reflective reviews of courses and focused reviews are conducted for internal quality assurance of academic provision.

Risk-based monitoring of all registered institutions is undertaken by the Office for Students through analysis of student progression and achievement data.

The University鈥檚 apprenticeship provision is monitored on a periodic basis by the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted). Ofsted undertook a successful monitoring visit in , and a full inspection in which rated the University鈥檚 apprenticeship provision as 鈥榞ood鈥 in all areas.

In addition, over half of our taught courses are accredited by Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies, who periodically review courses to reconfirm course accreditation.

Programme and course approval

Robust committee structures are used to:

  • Set up new courses;
  • Set up academic partnerships;
  • Monitor and act upon student feedback from internal and external surveys;
  • Encourage student representation and participation;
  • Ensure high standards through use of

    • external examiners,
    • industry links,
    • leading-edge research,
    • research-informed teaching.

The assessment of all postgraduate courses of the University are subject to agreed qualitative criteria.

Student surveys

We are committed to providing a positive student experience and capture feedback through a number of mechanisms including internal and national student surveys, to enhance the quality of our provision.

Survey feedback is reported on an annual basis and reviewed by Education and Research Committees, Senior Management and Departments heads, to enable a process of continuous improvement of the student experience.

Alongside our internal Student Satisfaction and Early Experience surveys, we capture the academic experience of our students through the national Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) and Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES), both run by Advance HE.

The success of our graduates is monitored through the national Graduate Outcomes survey which shows 93% of our graduates are in employment or further study within fifteen months of graduation, securing jobs in some of the world鈥檚 best known companies including Nissan, Oxfam, Airbus, Johnson & Johnson, Williams F1, Water-Aid, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Rolls-Royce, Veolia, Kraft and GlaxoSmithKline to name a few.

Erasmus Charter 2014-2020

View our Erasmus Charter for Higher Education awarded by the European Commission.

Student Charter

Cranfield is committed to supporting our learners as they work towards fulfilling their academic and personal potential. Together as staff and learners, we form a community working to facilitate learning within a culture based on mutual respect in which individual rights and responsibilities, and diverse needs are promoted.

The Student Charter is a reference point for learners and staff to consider the nature of the rights and responsibilities of all those included within Cranfield’s community. It does not constitute a legally binding contract, but gives an overview of how we work together to establish and maintain our unique learning and living culture. Our Student Charter has been jointly developed by the University and Cranfield's Students’ Association (CSA).