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Manchester and Salford

Manchester and Salford University Officer Training Corps (MSUOTC) serves all universities within the Greater Manchester area and operates out of University Barracks, Boundary Lane, Manchester.

Who are we?

We are a society/club dating back to 1898 that offers university students in the North West of England the opportunity to develop their leadership potential through the medium of military and adventurous training.  At Manchester and Salford University Officer Training Corps we assess, select and train 100 students each year with the aim of developing their confidence, communication skills and leadership ability.  The military syllabus should be viewed as the vehicle within which we develop an individual’s leadership – it is a means to an end, we are not seeking trained soldiers/officers.  We work within the Army’s values and standards and are under the tutelage of the Royal Military Academy of Sandhurst (a global leadership brand).

With increasing numbers of students attending university, there is growing pressure to gain a highly valued degree in order to compete in the graduate marketplace.  The ‘degree plus’ activity that enables a graduate to distinguish themselves from their peers are highly sought after and the UOTC is at the forefront of ‘degree plus’ activity.

Our training is challenging, fun and varied.  It can focus on the military and leading a platoon attack; adventurous training and skiing; sport and netball or simply a network of friends, socialising and pay. The standard package is a three year development programme that consists of a two year learning phase and a one year leading phase, however, there  are numerous variations to this and all can be achieved in a single year.

Thinking of joining us?

There are three simple steps:

Step 1

Find us at a Freshers’ Fair recruitment event, at a January/February recruiting event or contact us directly with the information below.  We will have stands often outside the Freshers’ Fair events (they do get crowded inside!) manned by current members of the Officer Training Corps who will answer all your questions.

Manchester and Salford UOTC will attend the following Freshers’s Fairs:

  • University of Manchester 18 - 20 September 17          
  • Manchester Metropolitan University 18 - 19 September 17
  • University of Salford 20 - September 17
  • University of Bolton 21 - September 17       

Step 2

Attend a UOTC look at life evening.  Come to the unit locations for a familiarisation visit.  There will be a series of presentations and stands to give you a flavour of what we do.  The briefing evenings will be:


· Briefing night  – 26 September 17

Step 3

Assessment weekend. Each year we have far more people wanting to join than spaces, so applicants are invited to attend an assessment weekend which enables you to look at what we do and for us to look at you. This is not Special Forces selection and will include a social event and be good fun; we just want to see if you really want to join.

Selection weekend will take place in Manchester on the following dates;

· 30 September – 01 October 17




The programme is blended into the university terms and we train on most Tuesday evenings, 9 training weekends during the first and second terms and a two week summer camp at the start of the summer holidays.

Training evening timings are normally 1900hrs to 2100hrs, however, there is often the oppportunity to conduct circuit training prior to 1900hrs and for a social event to complete the evening.  The training weekends take place in locations across the North West and we will go further afield during the summer camp.

We train at University Barracks, Boundary Lane in Manchester on Tuesday evenings.


With camaraderie at the heart of what we do, our social calendar is packed with activities ranging from our traditional annual Regimental dinner to our less tradition fancy dress parties in the Officers’ Mess and club nights in town.

Adventure Training and Sport

 We are also committed to adventure training and run both UK and overseas expeditions. This year alone we have send Officer Cadets parachuting in Cyprus, skiing in France and paragliding in Germany. We also have several sports teams and represent the North West at the Queen’s Cup against other OTCs and Officer Cadets from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Our sports teams also play in the Campus League. We also have a fully equip gym that is free to use to all Officer Cadets and there are two circuit sessions run every week.


How to contact MSUOTC:

Telephone: 0161 255 3287

Email: RMAS-Gp-OTRNW-Man-PSAO@mod.uk

University Barracks,
Boundary Lane,
Manchester M15 6DH