manchester united, old trafford, stadiumLed by former “Class of 92” Manchester United footballers Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt – a world-first higher education institute has just opened its doors to budding students.

University Academy 92 (UA92) aims to boost the number of young people in the North of England, joining the workforce with the digital skills necessary for employment.


Gary Neville said UA92 would equip pupils:

to support their teammates, perform when it counts and have the right work ethic; essentially, be a football team. Everything we had in our core values was mirrored in Microsoft’s core values; it feels like a perfect match.”

Microsoft’s core values consist of innovation, diversity and corporate social responsibility.  They believe that technology is a powerful force for good and they strive to build a sustainable future where everyone has access to the advantages and opportunities created by technology.

UA92 stands on the former Kellogg’s cereal factory site in Stretford, a mile from Old Trafford, with a campus featuring classrooms and common areas, including a digital lounge. More unique amenities include biomechanical analysis equipment and a human performance lab with breath and blood analysis apparatus.

The initial 100 students were enrolled in September onto sports, business, and media courses – with more to follow in November and January. Expected additional courses include law, computer science, and public health. UA92’s co-founders aim to expand to accommodate 6,000 students in 10 years.

While supporting regeneration in the Old Trafford area, the founders of UA92 aim to increase digital skills across the North West. Gary Neville hopes that the achievement of UA92 ensures that students succeed in life and employment after graduation. He believes that UA92 will act as a transformative catalyst for the whole of Greater Manchester.

The students of the UA92 will be supported by Microsoft and Lancaster University through the use of software such as Office 365.

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