Please join us for the School of Management Reunion on Saturday 21st October 2017. Book your ticket here

Programme & speakers

The programme for the day will be as follows:

0830                 Arrival & Registration Opens

0900 -1100      Optional Tours of University Academic Facilities

1100 – 1130     Welcome and update from Professor Lynette Ryals, Pro Vice Chancellor (Education) and interim Director of Cranfield School of Management

1130 – 1230     Opening keynote lecture from Stephen Carver 'Complex Resilience'

1230 – 1400     Celebration Lunch

1400 - 1515      Brexit Question Time with Emeritus Professor David Myddelton and Dr Sean Rickard

                        More than a year after the referendum, Brexit continues to be surprisingly divisive.   Those who would prefer the UK to remain in the EU emphasise the economic risks of leaving; while those who want to UK to leave stress the political risks of staying.  Nearly everyone agrees there will be short-term transitional costs in leaving, but there is dispute over the longer-term economic outcome.  The truth is that nobody really knows.  As for the politics, is ‘ever-closer union’ still a threat? Are non-eurozone member-states at a disadvantage? Is there a ‘democratic deficit’ and does it matter?  What about immigration?

1515 -  1545     Break

1545 -  1645     Presentation of the 2017 Alumni Awards

                           Distinguished Alumna of the Year - Dr Omobola Johnson (DBA 2013)
                           Entrepreneur of the Year - Angus Thirlwell (Business Growth & Development Programme 2000)
                           Excellence in Achievement for recent graduates - Haitham Rizk (Full Time MBA 2010)
                           Alumni Service Award - Robert Wright (Full Time MBA 1982)

1645 – 1700     Close

1700 - 1900      Free time & hotel check-in ('Pint with a Professor' in the Social Club)

                           Faculty attending: Joe Nellis, David Myddelton, Malcolm MacDonald, Leo Murray,
                           Martin Christopher, Frank Fishwick, John Glen, Sean Rickard, Stephanie Hussels & Lynette Ryals

1830 – 2000     An opportunity for class photographs with a professional photographer

1930 - 2000      Welcome drinks

2000                  Five course gala dinner, kindly supported by Hotel Chocolat and Adnams Plc


As well as the timetabled programme, we encourage alumni to visit the 50th Anniversary Heritage Exhibition, available throughout the day and please bring along your own photographs and stories to share as part of the 50th Anniversary memory wall.



Location & travel details

Cranfield campus, Cranfield University.

Cranfield University is located at the very heart of the UK – within the innovation triangle between London and the cities of Oxford and Cambridge.

Our central location provides easy access from the M1, excellent main line rail service as well as proximity to key international airports. Set in rolling countryside, Cranfield offers a rich, rural landscape complemented by thriving towns and picturesque villages.

  • Road: We are just 10 minutes from Junctions 13 and 14 of the M1 motorway. There is free parking on campus.
  • Rail: Milton Keynes or Bedford
  • Air: London Luton (22 miles), Heathrow (50 miles) or Birmingham (70 miles)

For further details please click here.

Who should attend

School of Management alumni along with their guests.

Cost & concessions

  • Alumni Reunion £100
  • Alumni Reunion (Day only) £25
  • Alumni Reunion (Dinner only) £75
  • Alumni Reunion and conference £180

Dress code for evening is black tie or lounge suits