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1875Agricultural Engineers Association founded; one of the 'founding fathers' of the NCAE.Early Years
1938Institution of British Agricultural Engineering founded; one of the 'founding fathers' of the NCAE.Early Years
1956Original Memorandum to the Minister for Education requesting that a National College of Agricultural Engineering be founded because of "an overall need to provide people in the agricultural engineering industry with sufficient scientific training to enable them to use the results of research already accumulating at the National Institute of Agricultural Engineering and elsewhere".1950's
1957 1950's
1958IAgrE., AEA, AMTDA (now BAGMA) petition for National College of Agricultural Engineering to be founded.1950's
1959Announcement by the Minister of Education, the Rt.Hon. Geoffrey Lloyd, for the establishment of a new National College to be "devoted to agricultural engineering".1950's
196024 June: National College of Agricultural Engineering founded. Sir Gilbert Flemming, KCB, appointed Chairman of Governors.1960's
1961 1960's
1962January; First Headquarters of NCAE in Broadway, London SW1
September; NCAE opens at Boreham House, Chelmsford, Essex with 20 students.
Dr P.C.J. Payne appointed 1st Principal.
First European non UK student.
1963NCAE moves to Silsoe.
Flitton Glebe 40 acres purchased.
First non European student.
Erection of Massey Ferguson Butler Building.
1964Students move in to Silsoe residential accommodation.
Start of Certificate.
19651st Graduates: Associateship of National College of Agricultural Engineering1960's
1966CNAA recognise BSc and BSc Hons Ag.Eng.1960's
1967First Honorary Fellow, Sir Gilbert Flemming
Privy Council agree to change of name to Cranfield Institute of Technology.
First small student hostel.
1968Affiliated Institution to Reading University.
First two female students join.
First graduating year.
2 Postgraduate and 2 Undergraduate students visit Karaj, Iran - SAFAD born out of this trip. (Originally Student Aid for Agricultural Development; now Student Aid for Appropriate Development).
MSc programmes start with Reading University.
First BSc Graduates.
1969Cranfield Institute of Technology achieves University status.
Inaugural meeting of the Silsoe Society.
SAFAD formed.
1970Dr A.H. Chilver appointed Vice Chancellor of C.I.T.
First BSc Hons Graduates.
Merricks Trust establised in memory of student Jim Merricks.
Start of short courses in the UK.
1971ODA link schemes.1970's
1972 1970's
1973Group Captain Kenneth Crick retires. First member of staff and Registrar.1970's
1974First Postdoctoral Research Officer appointed - now Professor Dick Godwin.1970's
1975Professor P.C.J. Payne retired.1970's
1975NCAE merges with Cranfield Institute of Technology.1970's
19761st January, Professor B.A. May appointed Head of College.
April; IAgrE move offices to the Silsoe campus from Rickmansworth.
1977Opening of Harry Ferguson Centre for Motor Club, Engineering Society and Ploughing Club by Mrs Sheldon (Harry Ferguson's daughter).
Doubling size of Library.
Stunted Wits Society formed.
NEw MSc in Land Resource Management launched.
Faculty of Agricultural Engineering, Food and Rural Land Use founded.
1978Start of short courses overseas.
First Silsoe College stand at Smithfield Show.
1979Duke of Edinburgh (Visitor) visits Silsoe.1970's
1980Inaugural Conference of UK Irrigation Association. "Conservation 80" resulted in the International Centre for Soil Conservation being founded.1980's
1981Silsoe College exhibited at the British Pavilions at the Paris Show (March), Hanover Show (June) and Nairobi Show (September).1980's
1983Change of name to Silsoe College.1980's
1984Norman Hudson building opened.
Design Consultancy Unit for Industry established.
3rd Meeting of the Standing Conference on Agricultural Training and Education held at the College.
1985Mander College farm; 125 ha of land and buildings purchase by the College.1980's
1986English Language Training Centre opened.1980's
1987Soil Survey of England and Wales comes to Silsoe.
Cranfield Rural Institute formed.
1988Shuttleworth College joins Cranfield Rural Institute.1980's
1989Professor Frank Hartley appointed Vice Chancellor.
Publication of "The Silsoe Perspective".
Professor B.A. May retired.
1990Professor R.W. Radley appointed Head of School.1990's
1991Teaching Company Training Scheme established.1990's
1992International Centre for Plantation Studies Launched at Royal Show.\\1990's
1993 1990's
1994Privy Council agree to change of name to Cranfield University.\\2nd International Conference on Soil Dynamics.1990's
1995 1990's
1996New Sports Hall opened.
Shuttleworth College programmes move to Silsoe.
International Centre for Plantation Studies wins contract to manage the Tea Research Institute of Tanzania for five years.
Feb; 1st Driving Challenge.
Start of the "Demon Donkeys" Oldboys Rugby Team.
1997Library doubled in size again.1990's
1998Professor R.W. Radley retired.
Bridging Studies start.
1999Professor A.P.F. Turner appointed Head of Cranfield University at Silsoe.
Silsoe College becomes Cranfield University at Silsoe.
Four Institutes fomred:
Institute of AgriTechnology (IAT) formed headed by Dick Godwin.
Institute of Water and Environment (IWE) formed, headed by William Stephens.
Soil Survey and Land Resources Centre (SSLRC), headed by Mike Jarvis.
Institute of BioSciences and Technology (IBST), headed by Phil Warner.
Modular teaching starts.
2000IBST moves from Cranfield to Silsoe.
New facilities opened by the Duke of Kent.
2001NSRI established, August 1st, 2001: Mike Jarvis as Director, followed by Professor Roy Morgan for a short time (before Mark Kibblewhite).2000+
2002National Soil Resources Institute (NSRI) founded by Soil Specialists from IAT, SSLRC and IWE.2000+
2003Final year of undergraduate studies?2000+
20031st NSRI Ezine, February 20032000+
2005NSRI Cymru, April 14 2005, QED Centre, Treforest with Carewyn Jones AM, Minister for the Environment, Countryside and Planning and Guest Speaker Professor Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director for the European Environment Agency
Professor F. Hartley, VC, announces move of academic activities at Silsoe to Cranfield campus.
2006Faculty of Environment founded.
September; Off-Road Dynamics Facility launched at Silsoe.
NRSI and IWE move to Cranfield Campus.
IEH relocates to Cranfield Health, March
2007Alumni and University celebrate Silsoe's success2000+
2008Cranfield Health planned move to Cranfield Campus2000+
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