UA92 is the result of a unique collaboration between Manchester United legends turned entrepreneurs (the “Class of 92”), Lancaster University and a range of high profile strategic partners such as Microsoft and KPMG. Based at a contemporary new campus in Trafford, it’s a combination of academic integrity, innovative thinking and sky high aspirations for learners.
The Class of 92 (Co92) have enjoyed some of the most successful careers in football. They met at Manchester United in the early 90s, and drove their club – and countries – to reach new heights. After stellar careers on the pitch, Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Phil Neville all went on to excel in highly pressurised and challenging environments in the world of media and business.
Their attitude towards preparedness, ability to dream big, and commitment to creating opportunity, is recognised the world over. Now, the group want to give back by providing opportunities for future students from a diverse range of backgrounds to enter and succeed in higher education.
Since its creation in 1964, Lancaster University has been at the forefront of academic excellence. Founded on the principles that the growth of higher education would lead to the extension of education to all, Lancaster is socially inclusive and high ranking.
Named as The Times and Sunday Times 2018 University of the Year, Lancaster’s vision is to be a globally significant university with the aim of transforming people’s lives and society through the quality of its research and teaching.
Lancaster is also recognised as one of the UK’s leading universities ranking in the top 10 in all three national league tables.
As one of the lead partners, Lancaster University will continue to support the development of UA92 both academically and organisationally, ensuring innovations in learning and teaching and best practice are shared between the two institutions. Degrees studied at UA92 will be awarded by Lancaster University, and Lancaster will ensure that the high quality standards associated with its awards are maintained at UA92.
“UA92 is a deliberate attempt to offer something different to prospective students. It is designed to attract people who might not otherwise have chosen university as well as mainstream Higher Education students looking for different approaches to enhance their subject knowledge, life skills, personal network and employment prospects.”
Professor Mark E. Smith
Vice Chancellor, Lancaster University
UA92 brings together the standout talent and connections of the Class of 92, alongside the academic rigor of Lancaster University and the industry expertise of our partners such as Microsoft and KPMG.
Our partner group is diverse and continues to build. They all share our aspiration to unlock greatness in UA92 students and employees.
We are delighted to be working with some of the best and most creative minds in business, education and the wider public sector, with partners engaged in a range of activities from curriculum co-design to provision of internships and insight days for our students.
Given the critical need for digital skills across the UK, Microsoft shares UA92’s vision to ensure students gain the specific skills and practical expertise that employers want and need – now and in the future. We are proud to play a role in both the educational and technology aspects of this initiative which we hope will help Manchester continue to grow as a technology hub.
UK CEO, Microsoft
One of the reasons we’ve connected with UA92 is to develop the talent we need. We want graduates who have developed as people, and join us with passion, drive, resilience and commitment to hit the ground running.
General Manager of the Customer Success Unit, Microsoft
With industry engagement and personal development at the heart of the UA92 student experience, we believe there is a real opportunity to help improve outcomes for students who otherwise may not have considered university.
UA92’s ambition is to produce work-ready graduates who are critical thinkers, digital champions, problem solvers, creative collaborators and influential communicators. By supporting UA92 with flexible work-based learning opportunities for their students, there is also the potential to nurture a pipeline of diverse applicants to KPMG in line with our own social mobility ambitions.
Office Senior Partner, KPMG Manchester