Aaron Saxton, leader of modern education and national ambassador for teaching, has joined University Academy 92 (UA92) as Disruptive Education Leader.
Believed to be one of the first roles of its kind in Higher Education in the UK, Aaron will take on the role which aims to further enhance UA92’s already innovative approach to education by ensuring it has the right academic offer that empowers careers and opportunities as well as enabling and inspiring students from all backgrounds.
Aaron will be launching UA92’s apprenticeship programme and leading UA92’s distinctive approach to Character and Personal Development.
During his time with the tech firm UKFast Aaron transformed the standard expectation of training, education and apprenticeships in the private sector. Notably he was responsible for the creation of an award-winning and industry-leading apprenticeship and education programme that led to the business developing top UK academy partnerships with some of the world’s leading technology vendors.
As a result of Aaron’s disruptive and innovative approach to apprenticeships and education, the work he’s done has been highlighted by Ofsted and HRH Princess Anne for the exemplary work and dedication to bridging the digital skills gap and encouraging ongoing professional development, particularly through the apprenticeship programme.
UA92’s CEO, Sara Prowse commented: “I am very excited that Aaron is joining UA92. His high energy, passion, innovative approach and strategic thinking will be a huge benefit to evolving education and creating a unique and deliberately different proposition here at UA92. With his experience and digital background, he will contribute significantly to delivering UA92’s ambition of developing a pipeline of talent and meeting the skills needs of Greater Manchester and the North West”.
As a long-standing Trustee of the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation (DMSF), a registered charity that specialises in elevating sport as a catalyst for change, working with young people from the top 20% areas of deprivation across the North West. Aaron represents the very best of providing strategic leadership to the board and support to the Chief Executive in delivering their strategy. Their mission is simple. DMSF engage, educate and empower young people, helping them to develop ways of focused thinking, self-belief, self-assurance, social integration and promote aspiration.
Speaking about his recent appointment, Aaron said: I’m delighted to be joining such a forward-thinking and purposely different education provider. I am proud of what UA92 has to offer to the young people of Greater Manchester and beyond. Greater Manchester is becoming a rich source of digital talent in Europe and UA92 is right as the heart of educating and developing our future work force. I am committed to enriching and enhancing the academic offer of UA92 to ensure that we are truly a world beating higher education provider.
As a local lad from Hulme and Moss Side, Aaron wants to empower potential for all using his experience of sport, education, business and digital to give some of the most disadvantaged people across Greater Manchester the perfect platform in life to succeed.