Trafford College was today announced as a partner with University Academy ’92 (UA92), an idea first conceived by the Class of ’92 – former Manchester United teammates Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville.
At a press conference held at Trafford Town Hall, Cllr Sean Anstee, Leader of the Council, together with Theresa Grant, Chief Executive of Trafford Borough Council alongside Gary Neville unveiled proposals for the new University with the old Kellogg’s headquarters on Talbot Road earmarked as the University’s main campus.
UA92 has joined forces with prestigious institutions across both education and industry including the likes of Lancaster University and Microsoft and will deliver a specialist focus in the areas of sport, business and media.
The aim of the new partnership is to provide not just a degree but a preparation for life, and a personal journey that will help individuals develop the emotional, physical and social qualities required to shine.
With a strong focus on employability and careers Trafford College was the obvious choice to provide a clear pathway to the new University for young people aged 16-18.
Lesley Davies OBE, Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Trafford College said, “We are creating a unique partnership between Trafford College and UA92 which will give students access to high quality technical and professional qualifications combined with a joint enhanced skills development programme.
“The programme will include qualifications in business, sport excellence and media. In addition all students will not only produce an extended project determined by the business partners but also benefit from the development of a personal employability and digital skills plan, business master classes from partner organisations and high quality work placement opportunities.
“Throughout their time at the Academy students will also be working with the UK’s leading brands in sport, media and business and have a direct route into a world renowned University focused on the needs of industry.”
Project founder Gary Neville said: “I have always believed that success is down to more than just having talent and good luck. There should be no limits to what you can achieve with the right preparation. Our aim is that UA92 graduates would leave with an academic qualification, of course, but also with a range of other skills such as how to deal with pressure, understand finance, leadership and presentational skills, and also how to maintain a healthy body and mind. In other words, the complete package you need to succeed in the workplace.”
The new University is at the heart of Trafford Council’s masterplan for Stretford and Old Trafford and will make a strong contribution towards regeneration of the Old Trafford and Stretford areas.
The new campus and student accommodation will be a key feature of the Council’s refreshed masterplan to transform and regenerate the area. It is a long held priority for Trafford Council to see the north of the borough revitalised and become a key location in the city region.
The new University will also support the growth of a ‘local’ graduate economy, creating potentially over 460 new permanent employment opportunities alongside 2,800 construction years of employment with the potential to add annual net GVA of £21m-£26m to the Trafford/Greater Manchester economy.