Talented new undergraduates local to Cranfield University can now apply for a master’s course, with a range of scholarships for new local graduates who excel in their field of study. As part of its #CranfieldCommunity initiative to support local communities, Cranfield University is ready to help bright young talent gain additional skills and experience as they take the next step towards their future career. Those graduating in 2020 face a very challenging prospect, with recent data from Adzuna estimating the UK graduate jobs market to be down 76% due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Professor Sean Tyrrel, Pro-Vice-Chancellor – Education, said: "COVID-19 has made this year’s graduate jobs market a really difficult place with intense competition, and many undergraduates will be wondering what is next for them. The answer could be on the doorstep with a master’s qualification from Cranfield University. There are many talented young people within commuting distance of our campus, and we want to help them gain industry-relevant skills which can give them a huge head-start on their dream career.”

Businesses around the globe are refocusing their plans and many industries have shown particular resilience in the crisis, such as manufacturing, food security and the supply chain. Sustainability is also high on the agenda with the Government committing £350 million to a green recovery. Manufacturing, environment, supply chain and agricultural informatics are just some of the areas in which Cranfield University specialises, with world-leading research and teaching delivered by academic experts in their field.

Josephine Burgin graduated in 2019 and works as a Bioinformatician Software Engineer in Cambridge. She says, “I learnt so much in such a small space of time. I really believe I learnt more in my one year at Cranfield than all three years of my undergraduate degree altogether.

“Cranfield provided me some incredible opportunities as part of my course. I not only learnt to write my own software but I was also able to have the first piece of software I’d ever written actually published in one of the top Bioinformatics journals for the scientific community..”

Cranfield University helps its students develop industry-relevant skills and experience; one of the reasons why the University is ranked second in the UK for employability. For those living around Milton Keynes, Bedford, Northampton, Oxford and Cambridge, a postgraduate qualification at Cranfield University could set them apart from other job applicants.

Professor Tyrrel continued, “Although this is a challenging time, the future is still full of opportunity for graduates who have the right level of skills ready for industry. Our students learn to innovate, and lead change – something that businesses around the globe will demand as they rebuild and recover from COVID-19.”

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