MK:U is a unique initiative, a new model university in the UK’s fastest-growing city, that will enable people of all ages and backgrounds to develop new skills, learn about emerging technologies and business, and to choose a future within the UK’s expanding knowledge economy.
This flagship project is strategically positioned, just half-an-hour by train from London and in the centre of Milton Keynes (MK), a ‘Smart City’ at the centre of the Oxford to Cambridge innovation arc.
The city’s success has highlighted the need for an undergraduate university – MKis the largest urban area in the UK without its own university – and to resolve this, Milton Keynes Council (MKC) and Cranfield University, a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management, joined forces last year.
Their intention is to completely transform thinking about higher education and create a new exemplar that is open, accessible, dynamic, technologically-focused, innovative, diverse, business-oriented and entrepreneurial.
This is a two-stage international design competition and is being run in accordance with EU procurement guidelines and the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. This competition has been advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).