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Ursula Brennan, the new Permanent Under Secretary (PUS) made an unscheduled visit to a Defence Academy led 'Train the Trainer' Programme recently whilst visiting her Afghan opposite number, Mr Nazari, the Afghan Ministry of Defence’s First Deputy Minister.
Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology (DEST) visits Defence Capability Centre (DCC)
A visit by Peter Luff MP gave DA-CMT personnel in Technology Division an opportunity to brief the Minister on the opportunities for the Defence Academy as a key enabler in the future delivery of training and education.
A selection of photographs from the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme visit to the Defence Academy.
35 parliamentarians, most of them elected for the first time in May last year, attended an ‘Introduction to Defence’ at the Defence Academy in Shrivenham recently – part of a scheme designed to give an overview of the higher management of the MOD and the workings and ethos of the Armed Forces.
On Tuesday 15 March, the Royal United Services Institute and Cranfield University at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom hosted a one day conference examining the implications of the Strategic Defence and Security Review and the Defence Industry and Technology Policy for Defence Equipment and Support out to 2020.
Examination results for December 2010, recently released by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, revealed top marks worldwide for a student studying the Diploma in Financial Management with Accountancy and Finance Training (AFT) at the College of Management and Technology, Shrivenham.
Four Students from the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS) attended a joint MOD/Industry showcase on 18 March 2011 at the Honourable Artillery Company, London.
On Tuesday 29 March 2011, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh returned to the Defence Academy to mark the 10th Anniversary of his opening of the Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC) building.
Only eight days after visiting the Shrivenham site, The Duke of Edinburgh was at another Defence Academy component.
Students from Nuclear Advanced Course 52 recently attended live reactor training at the VR-1 reactor at the Department of Nuclear Reactors, Czech Technical University in Prague.
Results recently released by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, revealed top marks for a student studying the Diploma in Financial Management with Accountancy and Finance Training (AFT) at the College of Management and Technology, Shrivenham.
It is with great sadness that Cranfield University announces the death of Professor Richard Holmes. He died on Saturday 30th April at the age of 65 after a long illness.
As part of the Advanced Command and Staff Course each year, the SO1 level (equivalent to Lt Col) students from UK, French, German, Spanish and Italian staff courses are sent to one of five European locations for the Combined Joint European Exercise (CJEX).
On 2 June 2011, General Ann E. Dunwoody, Commanding General, US Army Materiel Command delivered the 65th Kermit Roosevelt Lecture at the Defence Academy. The title of her address was ‘Strategic Choices – Adapt to Win’.
In 1961 Amport House in Hampshire became the RAF Chaplaincy School and so, to celebrate 50 years of Chaplaincy at Amport House, a garden party was held on 8 June 2011.
The Army Welfare Service ran a training event in the Defence Capability Centre of the Defence Academy from 14 -16 June 2011 to bring together Army Welfare Workers who are providing support to our wounded and sick soldiers.
For a limited time only, UK MOD and military staff are entitled to attend Symposia at Shrivenham events at a reduced rate of £50.
The 2nd Utility of Force day was held at the Defence Academy on 22 June 11, and attended by the A level politics students from Marlborough College.
On 6 June 2011, Peter Watkins took over as the Director General of the Defence Academy vice Lt Gen Andrew Graham, who is retiring from the Army.
On 1 July 2011, four Hercules aircraft flew over the Defence Academy on their way to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.
On Saturday 2 July, Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College held their Annual General Inspection (AGI).
The Secretary of State for Defence, the Right Hon Dr Liam Fox MP, visited the Defence Academy at Shrivenham on 12 Jul 11.
On Friday 22 July 2011 Cranfield University and the Defence Academy held a graduation ceremony for 182 students who had studied for postgraduate qualifications, some attending year-long courses at the College of Management and Technology, Shrivenham, whilst others had completed their masters over several years by flexible learning.
Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College achieved a 99.6% A level pass rate with 71.4% of those achieving A*-B.
The 2011/12 academic year for Cranfield University at the Defence Academy begins on 5 September, but the international students (both military and civilian) had a chance to familiarise themselves with a two-day induction the week before.
The current Acquisition Support Contract is due to mature on 31 December 2011. Admiral House (Bristol), the current focal point for Acquisition training delivery in the South West, is provided as part of this contract and is therefore due to close on the same date.
The way that training is delivered within the MOD, and across Government as a whole, is changing.
Some of the 130 students who completed their Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) level 3 Award in Leadership were presented with their certificates on 22 September 2011 by Lt Gen Sir William Rollo, Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Personnel & Training).
At the invitation of DG(T&CS), the Defence Academy has established a Centre for Excellence to improve change leadership, behaviours, ways of working and continuous improvement across the MOD during Defence Transformation.
Five members of the Shadow Defence Committee visited the Defence Academy on 3 November 2011.
The Defence Academy's Centre for Defence Leadership and Management delivers education and training for Defence.
The Defence Academy has completed a substantial change programme which is resulting in important organisational changes in the Academy and significant financial savings.
The Defence Academy at Shrivenham played host to 25 politicians and Members of Parliament in February for this year's Armed Forces' Parliamentary Scheme (AFPS) The AFPS was founded in 1988, the brain child of Sir Neil Thorne.
After the closure of the National School of Government, the International team has moved to the Defence Academy
Officer cadets from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst attended the Defence Capability Centre at the Defence Academy to take part in the Introduction to Battlefield Technology (IBT) Day.
On 24 May 2012, General Robert W Cone, Commanding General, US Army Training and Doctrine Command delivered one of the 66th Kermit Roosevelt Lecture series at the Defence Academy. The title of his address was 'Shaping the Army of 2020'.
The Defence Academy has published its Corporate Plan for 2012 to 2017.
On Friday 13 July 2012 Cranfield University and the Defence Academy held a Graduation Ceremony to mark the achievements of their 2012 graduands.
100% pass rate at A2 for students from Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College
On Monday 24th September, the Chatham World Faiths' Prayer Room was officially opened at Amport House by the Director General of the Defence Academy, Mr Peter Watkins CBE.
An additional means of finding the course you want is now available.
On Wednesday 3rd October 2012 the Defence Academy played host to a unique charity fundraising dinner in aid of Walking with the Wounded.
DCTS will come under Command & Control (C2) of the Defence Academy on 1st November 2012.
The MA graduation for the RCDS 2011 intake, postponed from July owing to the Olympics, was held at the Barbican on 24 October 2012.
On 16 January Philip Dunne, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, visited the Defence Capability Centre and the Joint Services Command and Staff College at The Defence Academy at Shrivenham.
The Chief of Defence Staff, General Sir David Richards, has commissioned a new list of books and articles as core reading for military professionals.
Further to PUS's message of 15 Apr 2013 which set out the MOD’s training priorities, the Defence Academy has produced a synopsis of courses available to you and your staff which matches these priorities.
On 2 April 2013 – the day was deliberately chosen to avoid any ‘April Fools’ pranks - the Centre for Defence Leadership and Management (CDLM) celebrated achieving its Full Operating Capability.
This report presents a synthesis of the findings of the Defence Academy Cyber Inquiry. The Inquiry was an open source research programme formed in response to a strategic research question posed by the Ministry of Defence. The report gives an overview of the Cyber Inquiry’s big-picture conclusions.
On 18 July 2013, the Defence Academy held the first Shrivenham campus-wide Graduation Day.
Staff and students at Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College were delighted to hear that three of the students from the Upper Sixth cohort have been successful in gaining the results required to attend Oxford and Cambridge.
The Defence Academy has produced two guides to highlight particular aspects of training and education opportunities.
A document explaining the Defence Engineering and Science Group (DESG) Sponsorship Scheme This document provides an overview of the Defence Engineering and Science Group (DESG) Sponsorship Scheme, explains eligibility criteria and lists approved degrees.
NATO IST-116 "Visual Analytics" Symposium, IST-117 Workshop: Visualisation for Analysis, and IST 32nd Panel Business Meeting The NATO Information Systems Technology (IST) panel is one of six panels of the NATO Science & Technology Organization (STO) that manage a wide range of scientific research activities in support of the broader mission of NATO STO through collaboration.
JUO Amy Potts (DSFC) gave a reading at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance
As part of the European Awards for Citizenship, Security and Defence, the European Chapter of the International Society of Military Ethics (Euro ISME) received a special award 'Europe de la Paix'. This was awarded in recognition of its ongoing work in providing a European forum for discussing issues relating to military ethics.
Jackie Davies, Senior Advisor, Defence Engagement, working in the Defence Academy’s International Engagement Group (IEG), recently spoke to the UK Joint Delegation to NATO on Building Integrity and the UK and NATO’s work in this area.
The British Academy for humanities and social sciences has recently published "Lost for Words - The Need for Languages in UK Diplomacy and Security"
On 3 December 2013, Director General, Defence Academy Of The United Kingdom, Shrivenham, Peter Watkins CBE, formally opened the new accommodation at the National Oceanography Centre on the Southampton University Campus.
2-day course for all Defence Academy personnel with the responsibility for the monitoring and evaluation of instructors, trainers, educators, facilitators, and/or Directing Staff.
Cranfield University and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) signed a Strategic Relationship Charter on 3 February 2014.
The agreement sets out the principles for a closer working relationship, enhancing the benefits delivered by public investment in defence knowledge, innovation and technology.
Storms and flooding have revealed human remains thought to date from the 19th century on a disused MOD island in Portsmouth Harbour.
The Defence Academy Leadership Routemap aims to help defence and security people identify courses and programmes relevant to their current grade, as well as help plan their leadership development by showing them what is available at the higher grades.
Paul Lincoln, Joint Forces Command Director of Resources and Policy, describes his role as the MOD Reserves Champion and reflects on the challenges and rewards of reserve service.
International Network for the Study of War and Religion in the Modern World. Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre, Amport House, Hampshire, 16–18 July 2014
The Ministry of Defence has re-located its language training capability, long-known as The Defence School of Languages (DSL), from Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire to the Defence Academy’s main campus at Shrivenham.
As part of the Defence Academy’s contribution to the First World War commemorations, we now have dedicated webpages focusing on the Great War.
The British Embassy Deputy Head of Mission, Andrew Allan, and the Colonel Omar al-Hasnawi, Director of the Department of Training congratulated and bid farewell the 6 Libyan cadets who had been selected to travel to the UK to undertake English Language Training (ELT) followed by 12 months of Initial Officer Training.
Prestigious Scottish University joins the Defence Technical Officer and Engineer Entry Scheme (DTOEES)
It has long been an aspiration of the Defence Academy of the UK to appoint a Scottish University partner to the Defence Technical Officer and Engineer Entry Scheme, and this year for the first time since its introduction in 2004, students at Welbeck – The Defence Sixth Form College can now add Strathclyde to their UCAS application.
Representatives from the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) visited the UK for one week in May to learn about the UK experience of Civil Service Reform and HR Management.
On Monday 9th June Anna Soubry, MP for Broxtowe and Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for Defence Personnel Welfare and Veterans, visited Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College.
The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) published its Integrated Inspection report for Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College on Tuesday 10 June 2014.
Between 11 and 15 May a small team from the Higher Command and Staff Course staff travelled to Oman to assist in the delivery of the first ever Omani National Defence Course.
VAdm Ito, Comdt of the Japanese Joint Staff college, along with a delegation of 32 tri-service students, visited the Defence Academy on Monday 16 June 14. This visit was part of a UK study tour also visiting MOD, JFC, PJHQ and JHC.
On Saturday 5 July 2014 the Principal of Welbeck, Mr Peter Middleton, welcomed over 1300 visitors for the Annual Prize Giving and General Inspection. The event is the most prestigious in the College calendar and marks the culmination of the year and the Graduation of the Upper Sixth Students.
Students from the Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College have paid a visit to the Service in the South West to get an insight into their future careers.
The students from Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College have achieved some outstanding A-level results, with 25% achieving 3 A grades or better.
Mr Colin Evans, the 2* Operations Director, Defence Academy, presented the first Defence Awarding Organisation (DAO) Level 3 Award in Education and Training certificates to students completing the new Defence Train the Trainer (Version 2) (DTTT v2), course, which is integral to the Defence Trainer Capability (DTC) suite of courses.
On 15th September, Phoebe Paddock and Ian Jeffrey joined the Defence Academy as part of a two year Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeship (CSFTAS). The CSFTAS programme gives talented school leavers the opportunity to work in government, allowing them to progress through a structured training programme. Apprentices develop a range of skills and at the end of the scheme they are able to apply for graduate career jobs across the Civil Service.
Rear Admiral James Morse hands over to Vice Admiral Duncan Potts on Friday 19 September 2014
On 3 – 5 September 2014 The Defence Academy hosted the annual COMEC AGM and Conference. Over the 3 days members of the military, academics and individuals from industry came together to debate and share ideas on 'Technology, Information and the Human dimension in Defence'.
Vice Admiral Duncan Potts has assumed the new post of Director General Joint Force Development (DG JFD) and the Defence Academy, based at Shrivenham.
On the 3rd and 6th of November Change Team Apprentice Ian Jeffrey travelled to Clevedon School to deliver a presentation to sixth form students regarding the Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeship (CSFTA) scheme and his experiences and opportunities that he has had at the Defence Academy so far.
On Sunday November 30th Vice Admiral Duncan Potts, Director General Joint Force Development and Defence Academy, unveiled the new Remembrance windows at St Alban's Church Watchfield in recognition of those Servicemen and women who lost their lives for their country during the First World War and other conflicts. The dedication of the windows was led by Reverend Doctor David Coulter, the Chaplain General.