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.
MSUOTC is actively involved in a number of sports and has its own teams for rugby, football, hockey, netball, cross-country running and pentathlon. Other activities include boxing training and rock climbing.
We have a very successful shooting team, which trains on the 25m indoor range and takes part in a number of competitions in the UK and overseas.
Duke of Edinburgh Award
Many of your UOTC activities can count towards the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Local community work is encouraged alongside the more adventurous activities and many of the instructing staff are qualified to sign off your training for all three award levels.
Every year, MSUOTC runs a number of UK and overseas adventure training activities. If you are really into Adventurous Training (AT), we'll also show you which qualifications you'll need to gain to plan and lead your own expeditions with the unit.
Recent AT activities have included:
- Hill walking and climbing in the Italian Dolomites
- Scuba diving in Egypt
- Hill walking along Hadrian's wall in Scotland
- Annual downhill skiing trip in France
- Hill walking in Wales
- Sailing in Gosport and the Channel Islands
- Hill walking, kayaking and white-water rafting in South Africa
- Climbing, hill-walking, kayaking, kite-surfing and horse-riding in North Devon
- Climbing in Bavaria.
At University Barracks, we run our own exclusive 'club' with bar and catering facilities. The 'Officers Mess' is only open to members and invited guests and has a monthly programme of events organised by the Mess Committee, including quiz nights, fancy dress parties, club nights as well as several big annual events.
Regimental Dinner Night is held in November and on the final night of Annual Camp in June. Everyone gets to dress up in mess kit, dinner jacket for gentlemen or long dresses for ladies, for a traditional military dinner night. This means regimental silver on the table, a military band playing in the background, a loyal toast and 'pass the port' at the end of the meal. It is a fantastic evening and very different to anything else you will experience at University!
The former members dinner is an annual event which gives former UOTC members a chance to mix with current members, catch up with old friends and relive old memories.
The MSUOTC Ball is a large scale event held at University Barracks each Spring with a specific theme. Last year, it was 'Arabian Nights' with belly dancers, fire eaters, and snake charmers. This is usually accompanied by an all night disco with a 'survivors' photo and breakfast the next morning.
Remembrance Sunday is an important date for us and the unit goes on parade in Manchester City Centre as part of the military commemorations. Parents and Friends are invited to come and visit our facilities and sample our hospitality the evening before.
Charity functions and local community support activities play an important part in our social calendar. We also support organisations such as the Army Benevolent Fund and Manchester's 'Cash for Kids' Appeal.
Telephone: 0161 255 3284
Capt G Mazzone RLC
University Barracks, Boundary Lane,
Manchester M15 6DH