In October 2017, Milton Keynes Council opened up the opportunity for higher education institutions to bid to be the lead partner for the MK:U project.  Cranfield University, a local post-graduate only university who are world-leaders in engineering and business management, were successful in this process, and have now been secured as the lead Higher Education partner for MK:U.  Cranfield University are now working with partners, including Milton Keynes Council, Aston University and other local businesses and partners, to develop a more detailed plan for taking the project forward.

  • MK:U will have around 15,000 students
  • STEM focused subjects
  • Offering new ways of learning

In January 2019, Milton Keynes Council and Cranfield University, in partnership with Malcolm Reading Consultants, launched an International Design Competition to find the team who will produce the masterplan for MK:U.

On 30 July 2019, Milton Keynes Council, Cranfield University and Malcom Reading announced that Hopkins Architects, the designers behind Harvard University’s new Smith Campus Center, as well as the London 2012 Velodrome have been chosen to create a 21st century university quarter for Milton Keynes.

Find out more about the progress of MK:U –

MK:U will be a key force in turbocharging the economy of our region and help realise the world-leading potential of the Oxford-Cambridge Arc. With backing from Cranfield, we want MK:U to apply scientific breakthroughs to solving real-world problems. We also want to show, for example with two-year degrees, that higher education can itself evolve, adapt and innovate. Our degrees will constantly evolve as the economy evolves through training and re-training, with our graduates being ideally placed to fill the national skills gaps that are holding back future economic growth

Prof Lynette Ryals, MK:U chief executive and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University