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Oxford

Oxford University Officers’ Training Corps recruits from seven different universities, and students at any of these are encouraged to join: Oxford University, Oxford Brookes University, University of Reading, The University of Gloucestershire, The Royal Agricultural University Cirencester, The University of Buckingham and Cranfield University.

Improve your CV, earn money and make friends for life.

Oxford University Officers’ Training Corps recruits from the following universities:Oxford University

  • Oxford Brookes University
  • University of Reading
  • The University of Gloucestershire
  • Royal Agricultural University
  • The University of Buckingham
  • Cranfield University

Students at any of these are encouraged to join. Oxford UOTC gives students an opportunity to challenge themselves both physically, mentally, and develop leadership skills sought after by many employers. Oxford UOTC is a unique and special part of the British Army that builds character, leadership, and provides exciting sporting and adventure training opportunities. 

What else do we offer?

Anything but Ordinary

 Adventure, challenge and teamwork since 1642

Oxford University Officers’ Training Corps is one of the oldest units in the British Army; formed by students of Oxford University in 1642 as an armed bodyguard for King Charles I during the English Civil War.

Today it remains a proud part of the university and a society which can develop you as a leader under the prestigious Sandhurst Group training syllabus – and you also get paid! Training takes place on Tuesday evenings, some weekends, and culminates in an awesome summer exercise.

As a member, you are not committed to become a Regular or Reserve Officer, but if you do wish to pursue a military career in any sphere we have bespoke training and mentors to help you through the process. Officer Cadets also have the opportunity to gain a qualification in Management and Leadership through the CMI.

Life in the OUOTC doesn’t finish after university. The Blue Contemptibles is Oxford UOTC’s Regimental Association. It is open to anyone who has been a member of OUOTC and it allows old members to keep in touch with each other and provides an excellent networking opportunity for those seeking future employment.

Adventurous training

Adventurous Training is designed to take people out of their comfort zones. Whether ice climbing in the Pyrenees, or taking on a black ski run in the Alps, expeditions expose people to challenge in austere environments. With Oxford UOTC there are plenty of opportunities to do Adventurous Training. In fact, costly qualifications are not just free with the OUOTC – you get paid to do them! Common annual expeditions are:

  • Skiing in the Alps (Alpine, Nordic and Ski Touring)
  • Competitive Sailing in the Baltic and RYA training in the Solent
  • Hiking and trekking in places such as Romania, Corsica, Italy and France.
  • Climbing and Mountaineering
  • Kayaking and Canoeing

Sport

Sport is a key part of the British Army’s ethos. OUOTC has a wide range of sporting opportunities for officer cadets to be involved in, whether you have experience or are a beginner. Weekly training and regular competitions mean that you can develop or enhance your sporting skills. All sports are open to men and women.

  • Rowing
  • Football
  • Cricket
  • Netball
  • Rugby
  • Hockey
  • Tennis
  • Cross-Country
  • Equestrian
  • And so much more!

Social

Whether it's relaxing with friends after a training night in the Mess (our private bar in Oxford) or joining in with the games at one of our legendary fancy dress parties, there are always plenty of opportunities to enjoy yourself.

In highest military tradition we also host formal dinners throughout the year, including the famous Annual Dinner, held at the Oxford Union, the Bodleian Library and an Oxford College, which attracts the most prestigious of guests.

The Blue Contemptibles

The Blue Contemptibles is Oxford UOTC’s Regimental Association. It is open to anyone who has been a member of OUOTC and it allows old members to keep in touch with each other and provides an excellent networking opportunity for those seeking future employment.

Members can attend the annual Blue Contemptibles Dinner and other events. The Membership Secretary, Captain Felstead MBE, can be reached at bluecontemptibles@gmail.com
The Blue Contemptibles

Contact us

Telephone: 01865 255341

Email: UOTCOxford-GroupMailbox@mod.uk

The Senior Under Officer, Oxford UOTC
Falklands House
Oxpens Road
Oxford, OX1 1RX

Getting here

Oxford UOTC location

Those travelling independently to Oxford for training will be able to claim travel expenses back from the OUOTC.

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Oxford Railway Station

Those travelling independently to Oxford for training will be able to claim travel expenses back from the OUOTC.

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Swanbrook Bus Stop

Those travelling independently to Oxford for training will be able to claim travel expenses back from the OUOTC.

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