Join us on our special day

On Saturday 1st July 2017 we are hosting an all-day interactive event to celebrate fifty years of Cranfield School of Management.

This is our opportunity to bring together as many members of our community as possible for a major celebrations day packed with engaging activities.  The day will be split into three sections; a morning to explore our roots, an afternoon all about the future and an evening gala dinner hosted by British comedy icon Sir Lenny Henry.  With a brilliant line-up of guest speakers throughout the day and an itinerary filled with interactive activities, this will truly be an event to remember in honour of five incredible decades.


Book your ticket online here!

Event Highlights:


With guest speakers and a host of activities, this all-day interactive event will include:


  • Exhibition & Guided Tours
  • Women In Leadership by Professor Sue Vinnicombe
  • Keynote Address by John McFarlane
  • SoM on Pulse Panel Discussion
  • Young Careers Demonstrations
  • Champagne Reception & Gala Dinner
  • Address by Sir Peter Gregson
  • Evening Host Sir Lenny Henry
  • Reflections by Professor Maury Peiperl
  • Live band The Faithettes & entertainment extras


Event Schedule

  • Morning:  Our Journey So Far


    The morning’s activities will explore and reflect on our journey so far, with insights into our roots and how we became an internationally leading education establishment.


    09.00 Exhibition Opens

    An open-door exhibition showcasing the past, present and future of Cranfield School of Management.  Each room will host a different theme for guests to enjoy, as described below.

    Atrium, Vincent Building


    Early Origins

    See how it all began with our work-study group re-enactments.  Hear stories and views from key alumni, staff and faculty figures from our Historical Q&A panel.

    LR1, Vincent Building


    SoM Across Industry

    Discover our latest cutting edge research as the exhibition extends to the many collaborative projects between SoM and Cranfield’s other specialist schools, including Aerospace and Motorsport research.

    LR2, LR3 and LR4, Vincent Building


    Women in Leadership

    Learn about how the impact of Cranfield’s research in Women in Leadership has driven gender diversity in corporations throughout the years.  Led  by Professor Sue Vinnicombe, CBE.

    LR5, Vincent Building


    11.00 - 11.30  Keynote Address by John McFarlane

    Hear from Cranfield alumnus and leading figure in global banking John McFarlane on Cranfield School of Management in a rapidly changing world.

    Auditorium, Vincent Building


    11.30 - 12.30  Buffet Brunch

    Atrium, Vincent Building


  • Afternoon:  The Next 50 Years


    The afternoon section of our anniversary activities will celebrate what the future holds for Cranfield School of Management and both our international and local communities alike.


    13.00 - 14.00  SoM On Pulse

    Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Director of Cranfield School of Management, Professor Maury Peiperl hosts a panel of industry leaders on hot global topics and reasons to be excited about the next 50 years.

    Auditorium, Vincent Building


    14.00 - 15.00  Young Careers Showcase

     Project demonstrations of Cranfield’s new Young Careers Initiative by child finalists showcasing their ‘better world’ innovations. Awards will be issued by a surprise panel.

    LR1, Vincent Building


    15.00 - 16.00 Guided Tour - The Bettany Centre

    Visit Cranfield’s Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship to learn about the 50 Entrepreneurs initiative and discover the incredible enterprises that have grown from Cranfield SoM over the years.

    CMRI Gallery


    15.00 - 16.00 Guided Tour - SoM Themes Showcase

    Visit the heart of Cranfield SoM’s learning hub and hear about the continued achievements of our MBA, DBA and MSc programmes; management, marketing, finance, logistics and supply chain.

    Building 111


    15.00 - 16.00 Guided Tour - SoM & The NGO Sector

    Meet the many charities, social enterprises and other nonprofits that have emerged from Cranfield alumni over the years and hear about    the invaluable work they do across the globe.



    16.00 Exhibition Closes

    Guests prepare for evening activities.

  • Evening:   Anniversary Gala Dinner


    The final phase of our anniversary celebrations day will be an evening of fun, fine dining, live music and entertainment as we reflect on the past and toast to the future.


    6.00 - 6.45    Champagne Reception

    Our anniversary gala dinner opens with a sparkling champagne reception as we invite Cranfield School of Management's valued community of faculty, staff, alumni and business friends to join us for an evening to remember.


    6.45 - 7.00    Guests Seated

    After the opening drinks, the evening will proceed with a black tie gala dinner.


    7.00 - 7.10     Welcome Address by Sir Lenny Henry, OBE

    Our host for the evening is British comedy icon Sir Lenny Henry.  As Co-Founder of the British Comic Relief charity, Lenny represents the importance of investing in future generations, an ethos at the very heart of our plans for the next fifty years.  Lenny will be introducing our guest speakers throughout the night.


    7.10 - 7.55    Starters


    7.55 - 8.15    Speech by Sir Peter Gregson

    Sir Gregson will be providing valued insight into the role of Cranfield School of Management within the

    University, the impact made by the staff, faculty and alumni, and where he hopes the next fifty years will

    take us.


    8.15 - 9.00     Main Course    


    9.00 - 9.25      Reflections & Anniversary Film by Professor Maury Peiperl 

    Professor Peiperl will be reflecting on why we should be proud and why we should be celebrating.  He will be unveiling some of the great work taking place along with a celebratory film that details our journey from our origins as a Work-Study Group to a world leading business school.


    9.25 - 10.10     Desserts & Coffee with Comments by Sir Lenny Henry


    10.10 - 11.10   'Through the Decades' Performance by The Faithettes

    The night breaks into music and dance with The Faithettes; acclaimed singer songwriter Paloma Faith’s backing group. The internationally known 11-piece band will be entertaining guests with a ‘through the decades’ performance, celebrating the greatest hits of the last 50 years.


Tickets & Sponsorship Bookings

Tickets are for all-day access, including the morning and afternoon sections as well as to the gala dinner.  Please see prices and booking details below.


How to Book

By clicking the buttons below you can book and pay by card at our online payment portal, which generates an electronic VAT receipt.


Alternatively, if you wish to be invoiced rather than paying online, please use the form to the right.  This will generate an email confirmation followed by the processing of an invoice and you will hear from our Sales Ledger Team in due course.


Full Day Admission                       £133.33 + VAT per person.


Corporate Table Sponsor            £2,083.33 + VAT per table.


By sponsoring a table at our Gala Dinner, you and your company will receive the following:


  • Full access to the day’s activities as described above.
  • SoM on Pulse - 10 premier tickets at SoM on Pulse session led by Professor Maury Peiperl, Director of School of Management. Discussions to be ‘Major Global Trends’ and the School over the next 50 years.
  • 1 Table of 10 guests at the Evening Gala Dinner.
  • Corporate name on your table.



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