In 1993 the institution’s Royal Charter was amended to change its name to Cranfield University.
In 2003, the then RMCS site admitted its last undergraduates.
In 2006, it was decided that activities on the Silsoe site would be relocated to the main campus at Cranfield. As a result, a substantial building programme was undertaken on Cranfield campus, including the provision of departmental buildings and additional accommodation (Stringfellow and Chilver Halls), and Silsoe-based staff were transferred to Cranfield.
Cranfield campus is approximately 50 miles (80 km) north of central London and adjacent to the village of Cranfield, Bedfordshire. The nearest large towns are Milton Keynes and Bedford, the centres of which are both about 8 miles (13 km) away. Cambridge is about 30 miles (48 km) east.
Bedford, Milton Keynes, Oxford and Swindon all have fast rail services to central London termini, good access to the main motorway network and London Heathrow airport.
The academic schools are:
- School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing, known as SATM, incorporating the original College of Aeronautics, has a wide range of experimental research facilities for masters and doctoral students and commercial clients;
- School of Management, known as SoM;
- School of Energy, Environment and Agrifood, known as SEEA;
- Cranfield Defence and Security known as CDS, at Shrivenham (formerly the Defence College of Management and Technology/Royal Military College of Science);
Cranfield Health, opened in 2008, was later absorbed into the other schools of the university.