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Experience travel and a debt-free degree

Press Release   •   Jun 21, 2013 20:02 BST

Student life is fantastic! Learning, meeting people and the opportunity to change your life are just some of its benefits. However, cost may be a barrier for some. 

From this September, a group of lucky students will have the opportunity to have their university tuition fees paid for as part of Virgin Trains’ new Red Track programme.

The successful applicants will be able to start their business careers with little or no debt plus three years first class work experience under their belt with one of the world’s best known brands.

Starting on 2 September 2013, Virgin Trains is offering 12 places on its prestigious Virgin Red Track programme. It’s a three-year, fixed-term full-time management role that incorporates a degree programme delivered in conjunction with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) in Crewe.

Tony Collins, Chief Executive Officer of Virgin Trains, explains:

“Too many graduates face poor job opportunities and are laden with debt when they graduate. We want to offer an amazing opportunity to the bright, talented entrepreneurs of the future who might be put off studying for a degree by the cost.”

Tony went on to say: “We are offering a three-year, fixed-term job and a place to study a BA (Hons) Business Management degree. We are delighted to be working with MMU in Cheshire as our partner. Virgin Trains will pay the university fees as well as a salary to the applicants.

“This is a great example of partnership between education and the business world, and for Virgin Trains it makes great economic sense as we are investing in 12 future leaders of the business.”

Dennis Dunn, Dean of the Cheshire campus at Manchester Metropolitan University, adds: “We’re thrilled to be in partnership with Virgin Trains, who are part of one of Britain’s most successful companies and who have strong links to Crewe as a rail town.  

“The partnership to develop leaders of the future at Virgin Trains represents a contemporary approach to management education and is a great opportunity for our participants, the Red Track Crew.

“MMU specialises in working with regional partners on delivering exemplary training, knowledge transfer and research within leadership and management.”

For more information and to apply, go to the Virgin Trains' recruitment website.


Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) is one of the largest universities in the UK and prides itself on being the University for World Class Professionals.

MMU educates and trains large numbers of the country’s legal and business professionals, teachers, health workers and creative professionals. The University enjoys an excellent reputation for teaching, applied research and project work in the North West, nationally and internationally. It is currently investing more than £350 million in its estate and facilities.

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