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October/November 2017


Manchester scores with UA92

A new Higher Education concept which would offer students paid placements in business whilst also developing their personal AND academic talents - was launched recently by a partnership drawn from the worlds of business, football, education and local government. University Academy 92 is an idea first conceived by the Class of ’92 - former Manchester United teammates Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville. They approached Lancaster University and Trafford Council to help them develop the concept and

the three organisations have now been joined in the partnership by Microsoft, Bruntwood and Trafford College. The project also has the support of Manchester United Football Club and Lancashire County Cricket Club. UA92 will make a strong contribution towards regeneration of the Old Trafford and Stretford areas, with the new campus and student accommodation featuring as key elements of a refreshed masterplan to transform and regenerate the area, which is also being launched at the same time and is the key driver for Trafford’s involvement.

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UA92 will be a catalyst to wider benefits for the local community which include skills development, new employment opportunities, the rejuvenation of Stretford town centre, development of a new leisure centre for Stretford, the opportunity to engage in sports and healthy living, supporting our physical activity ambitions and helping to reduce demand on the health and social care economy. The public launch of the project represents the beginning of a three-month period of consultation with key stakeholders, including a master planning exercise by Trafford Council. 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

unforgettable 10 days, from Friday 8 until Sunday 17 December. Featuring new and exclusively commissioned digital art displays alongside emerging talent, and light workshops from local, national,

Lightwaves 2017 will bring light to those dark winter nights, as 10 free light experiences span across Salford Quays, from the Plaza between The Lowry and the Lowry Outlet, to MediaCityUK. Weaving a web of creativity, artist Tom Dekyvere’s new commission brings to life the (dis) connections made between people, with vast amounts of light emitting rope bounded together to form a network; reflecting the

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UA92 has a strong ‘widening participation’ mission and is designed to attract students who might not otherwise have gone to university as well as traditional university entrants looking for a broader formative experience that enhances life skills as well as employability. At the centre of UA92 philosophy is the Target Talent Curriculum, which seeks to put personal development at the core of the learning experience. It will focus on providing students with ten attributes: academic learning, life skills, work experience, how to survive in demanding workplace situations, leadership skills, peer group analysis, participative learning, fitness, and presentation and financial skills. The intention is to welcome the first students in September 2019 to a new campus in Talbot Road, Old Trafford.

Lighting up Salford Quays network of our current society. this winter The artwork will have an interactive and international artists.

This winter, Quays Culture will host the UK’s biggest digital light festival at Salford Quays. The annual festival, Lightwaves 2017 will showcase an eclectic programme of digital light art, taking over public spaces for an

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.”

element, displayed on the stepped area of MediaCityUK, a microphone will be placed in the River Irwell, capturing the sounds underneath the surface, translating them from soundwaves into lightwaves. Dekyvere explores the boundaries between nature and technology with his evolving masterpiece, which illustrates togetherness and collaboration through the metaphoric symbols of sound and vision.

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