CONCRETE Cattlemen were this month given an update on plans for a ‘new model’ university in the heart of Milton Keynes.

After enjoying a delicious starter of Pea Soup or Smoked Ham Hock, guests enjoyed Pork Tenderloin or a vegetarian option of Harissa Parcel with teas and coffees to finish before the group intently listened to their October speaker.

Professor Lynette Ryals from Cranfield University provided a sought-after update on an exciting new addition to the city; MK:U.

The university is intended to “do things differently” by preparing students for the future world of work.

It is thought that around 5,000 students will eventually study at MK:U.

Keen not to waste anymore time for prospective pupils it’s now full steam ahead, with the university anticipated to open in five years’ time.

Lynettesaid: “MK:U will be at the centre of the Oxford and Cambridge corridor, and the powerhouse to deliver digital skills”.

“We don’t have to create the new university like other universities, but instead we want to engage and link to businesses directly”.

She also gave an insight into Cranfield University where she is a Pro-Vice-Chancellorand her work with the MK Council.

Highlighting the importance of “pushing digital skills”, Lynette told the audience at Galloways of Woburn how well-placed MK is for innovation as she expanded on projects such as starship robots and driverless cars.

Hosted by the Woburn restaurant, monthly guests are invited to speak at the Concrete Cattlemen business lunch to share knowledge and experiences with the local leaders of businesses in and around Milton Keynes.

Former speakers include Lady Mary Archer, Dame Cleo Laine, Edwina Currie, Sir Ian McGeechan, Neil Back MBE, Sir Edward Tompkins, Budge Rogers OBE and MP of MK South, Iain Stewart.

Alastair Brooks, Co-founder and Chairman of the Concrete Cattlemens Club, said: “Our members include former speakers plus leading figures in the business world of Milton Keynes and surrounding areas.

“We are grateful to Galloways of Woburn, our current home, for looking after us with such attentive hospitality.”

Galloways of Woburn has become a popular place for business functions following the renovation of our Stag-themed function room and the option to hire out the entire restaurant for events.

We cater for all group sizes, offering a bespoke menu and unique experience. Let us take care of the planning, to let you focus on what’s important.

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