What is the UOTC?
The University Officer Training Corps (UOTC) are similar to a university club but operated by the British Army. Their focus is to develop the leadership abilities of their members whilst giving them an opportunity to take part in military life whilst at University. UOTCs across the country assess and train students who want to improve their future employability whilst at University and, more specifically, develop themselves as leaders. With an increasing number of good degrees being attained by students and an increasingly competitive post-university jobs market, serving in the UOTC can equip students with additional skills and qualifications that are attractive to employer and help them to stand out.
Pay & Commitment
UOTCs structure their training programme to suit the academic timetables of partnered Universities. The minimum annual commitment that UOTCs usually ask for is 12 mid-week training evenings, 8 weekends and a 2-week summer camp early in the summer holidays. The majority of activities that a student completes with the UOTC will be paid and students can expect to earn approximately £1,600 per academic year. Many students take the opportunity to train more frequently and earn extra pay.
As well as achieving success in academic studies, students can also work towards highly rated national leadership qualifications whilst at University as members of the UOTC. The successful completion of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst training Modules A and B can be achieved by the second year of University thus making a student eligible for a City and Guilds Leadership Award. This valued and nationally recognised qualification proves that a student has demonstrated leadership and management skills to any future employer.
Sport, Social and Adventurous Training
The UOTC provides its students with the opportunity to develop inter-personal skills and make new friends using military training, sport, adventurous training and social events. During a student’s time at a UOTC they will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of incredible Adventurous Training opportunities, whilst also gaining professionally recognised sporting qualifications. In an average year UOTC students have the opportunity to ski, sail, climb, play a variety of sport, travel the world, attend mess functions and to organise their own social events – often being paid to do so.
Meet Officer Cadet Nick Lilley of City of Edinburgh UOTC and Officer Cadet Beth Scott of Glasgow and Strathclyde UOTC