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Leeds

On the 1st September 2011, Leeds and Sheffield University Officers’ Training Corps were brought together under the Yorkshire Officers’ Training Regiment, which attracts students from universities across Yorkshire.

Leeds University Officers’ Training Corps (LUOTC) is one the largest Officer Training Corps in the country and as an official university society serves universities in Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, Hull and York. Our main headquarters is situated in Carlton Barracks with easy access to Leeds city centre and the main Leeds universities. We also have a detachment in York.

The UOTC continues to thrive, offering its members unrivalled opportunity for personal and leadership development through military and adventurous training as well as sport and other social activities.

Thinking of joining us?

We open our doors to new members every September and you can become a member of the UOTC in 4 easy steps:

Step 1 - Find us at a Freshers’ Fair

We have information displays at Freshers’ events. These are manned by current members of the University Officers’ Training Corps who will be ready to answer all your questions. At some fairs we are present on specific dates only so it is important you check this website and Facebook for the most up to date information.

  • University of Leeds Freshers’ Fair 20th – 21th September
  • Leeds Beckett University Freshers’ Fair 21st – 27th September
  • York St John Freshers’ Fair 14th September
  • University of York Freshers’ Fair 01st October
  • University of Hull Freshers’ Fair 25th September
  • University of Huddersfield Freshers’ Fair 19th – 20th September

Step 2 - Attend an Open Night

Join us for one of our Open Nights. There will be a series of displays showcasing the activities we offer during your time at the UOTC. Refreshments will be provided and it will be great opportunity to speak with Officer Cadets who have benefitted from up to three years with us.

Open Nights at Carlton Barracks for students from Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield:

  • Open Night 1 Tuesday 20th September 2016 7pm-9pm
  • Open Night 2 Wednesday 21st September 2016 7pm-9pm
  • Open Night 3 Thursday 22nd September 2016 7pm-9pm

Open Night at Worsley Barracks for students from York and Hull:

  • Open Night 4 Wednesday 5th October 2016 7pm-9pm

Step 3 – Attend a Medical

The medical assessment is mandated as it determines if you are medically fit to participate in adventurous training, military training and sports, amongst other challenging activities. The dates of these medicals are detailed below (transport will be provided):

Medicals for students from Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield:

  • Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September 2016

Medicals for students from York and Hull:

  • Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October 2016

Step 4 - Selection Weekend

You will be invited to attend a selection weekend, which is a chance for you to experience the opportunities available to you should you decide to join. The weekend is about deciding if the UOTC is right for you and also provides the opportunity for the staff to see if you are right for the UOTC. The overall details of eligibility to join the UOTC will be explained to you at the Open Night.

Selection weekend for students from Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield:

  • Friday 30th September to Sunday 2nd October.

Selection weekend for students from York and Hull:

  • Friday 7th to Sunday 9th October.

If you cannot make it for any reason and still want to join us, then get in touch.

What we do

Leeds UOTC excels in teaching, coaching and mentoring military skills, leadership techniques, adventurous training and competitive sports. During your time with us you will improve your fitness, develop teamwork skills, gain in confidence and improve your problem-solving and planning skills. On joining, members become volunteer Officer Cadets (OCdts) of the Army Reserve and you will be paid wages for your time training or participating in events (rates of pay can be found at the link at the bottom of the page).

If you choose to remain with us throughout your time at university, you will gain valuable experience and qualifications to build your CV, giving you a considerable advantage over fellow students in a competitive job market. You will also have the opportunity to gain up to a Level 5 Award in Leadership and Management from the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Military Training

The development opportunities and experiences mentioned above are delivered in the first instance through the means of military training including shooting, navigation, combat survival and soldiering skills.

This training is modular and introduced at a basic, manageable pace. In order to progress through the training successfully and maximize the opportunities on offer, Officer Cadets will be expected to attend the forecasted training evenings and weekends.

 

Sport

Leeds UOTC has a fantastic sports society, and were recently crowned WINNERS of the 2016 inter-UOTC Sports Competition at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

We compete across Yorkshire and the Army in the following sports:

  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Orienteering
  • Cross Country
  • Swimming     
  • Netball
  • Hockey
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball  

Adventurous Training

Adventurous Training forms a unique and challenging platform to develop courage, leadership, teamwork and physical fitness. You will be given the opportunity to participate in overseas expeditions ranging from skiing in Tignes, scuba diving in Malta to trekking in Morocco. You will also be given numerous opportunities to take part in climbing, canoeing, sailing, kayaking and mountain biking within the UK throughout the year.

The Army runs courses which deliver a wide spectrum of proficiencies and qualifications; if you are interested and motivated you will have the option to progress to become a leader or even an instructor.

 

Social

Leeds UOTC has a vibrant social calendar, ranging from Cocktail Parties and a formal Annual Dinner to Halloween and Burns nights. The social events rely upon the ‘Work Hard, Play Hard’ mentality, rewarding OCdts for the time and effort they put into their training, with events where they can let their hair down and have fun. These events also serve to build team cohesion amongst the OCdts, forming great memories and long lasting friendships.

Contact us

Telephone: 01904 668724

Email: OTRYORKS-LEEDSOTC-PSAO@MOD.UK

Leeds University Officer Training Corps (Headquarters)
Carlton Barracks
Carlton Gate
Leeds
LS7 1HE

Leeds University Officer Training Corps (York Detachment)
Worsley Barracks
Fulford Road
York
YO10 4EB