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Leeds University Officers’ Training Corps (Leeds UOTC) , together with Sheffield University Officers’ Training Corps (SUOTC) is part of Yorkshire Officers’ Training Regiment (YOTR). YOTR is one of only two Officer Training Regiments (OTRs) in the country - the other being North West OTR. The combined strength of the two UOTCs in one regiment ensures Leeds and Leeds Officer Cadets get broader access to training, sports and adventurous training.

What are we?

Leeds University Officers’ Training Corps (Leeds UOTC) is a part of the Army Reserve that offers university students the opportunity to gain leadership development through military and adventurous training.

Students who join us become volunteer Officer Cadets who receive modularised, bite-size training that mirrors the training received by full time Officer Cadets at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, a world class leadership academy.

At Leeds UOTC you will receive training in communication, team building and leadership, skills which will help prepare you for whatever career you choose to follow after graduation, be it military or civilian. All of our training is designed to fit around the university calendar to allow you to ensure your studies come first.

Improve your CV, earn money and make friends for life

Leeds UOTC is a university society like no other, all our Officer Cadets earn pay for all the training they receive and activities they conduct as part of the UOTC. Be it military training, adventurous training or sport.

Our world class leadership training provides an invaluable addition to any CV and your time in the UOTC will help prepare you for work after graduation like no other society; building your confidence, developing your ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines and developing your adaptability to new environments and situations. In addition, all members of Leeds UOTC have the opportunity to gain a Level 5 award in Management and Leadership through the Chartered Management Institute.

On top of all the valuable training we offer, at Leeds UOTC we have a “work hard, play hard” mentality. Our social calendar includes cocktail parties, formal dinners as well as informal parties throughout the year.

Military Training

Our military training programme is built around a three year course of training running September to June. New recruits must have at least two years of their degree remaining and those who are studying for longer courses are welcome to stay in the UOTC until they graduate.

Year 1. In your first year you are taught the basics of soldiering alongside a leadership development programme provided by Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. You can also take part in Adventurous Training and other opportunities offered by the broader British Army.

Year 2. In your second year you hone the skills taught throughout the first year as well as learning and practicing how to give orders to and command a platoon of 30 soldiers. You will get the chance to command your peers on during training and this is where you start to see what you are made of.

Year 3 and beyond. In year three you have the opportunity to be in permanent command of Officer Cadets in years one and two, assist with training and take on other standalone roles and tasks. It is during this time that you will be particularly encouraged to participate in opportunities offered by the wider British Army. You will be welcome to remain in the UOTC until you graduate however our senior Officer Cadets are also encouraged to investigate opportunities in local Reserve units.

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 or 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 an instructor.


Leeds UOTC has a fantastic sports society. We compete across Yorkshire and the Army in the following sports:

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

We also compete in adventure races and long distance events (e.g. Nijmegen Marches and Tough Mudder).


Leeds UOTC has a vibrant social calendar, ranging from Cocktail Parties anda 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.

The Joining Process

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

Our doors at Somme Barracks are open all week during Freshers’ week and we welcome visits from those interested in joining us. We also have information displays at Freshers’ Fairs at both the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University. 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 or Facebook for the most up to date information.

Step 2 - Attend an Open Event

Join us for one of our Open Events at Somme Barracks (address at the bottom of this page). 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 a great opportunity to speak with Officer Cadets who have benefitted from up to three years with us.

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. Our medicals are run during weekends in September and October.

Step 4 - Selection Weekend

You will be invited to attend a selection weekend in October. This 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 one of the Open Events.

Spring Intake

There will be a second opportunity to join us in Spring 2018. For more details of this intake please check this website nearer to the time or contact us using the details at the bottom of this page.

Gaining a Commission

All our Officer Cadets have the opportunity to apply for a Reserve or Regular Commission during their time at Leeds UOTC. You can begin your application at any time online, but as a member of Leeds UOTC, our staff will support you through the process and help you prepare for the Army Officer Selection Board (AOSB).

If you are successful at AOSB, you will be able to begin either the Reserve Officer Training Course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst during or after university or the Regular Officer Training Course following graduation. If you choose to commission while at university, you will become a Second Lieutenant within the UOTC before being encouraged to join a local Reserve Unit as a commissioned officer. Giving you the opportunity to lead soldiers either regular or reserve, all while gaining nationally accredited qualifications and earning great pay and other benefits.

Thinking of joining us?

September Intake

We open our doors to new members every September to coincide with the start of the academic year. We actively recruit during Freshers’ week at Universities in Leeds, York, Bradford, Huddersfield and Hull. During this week we hold open evenings and events to welcome out new recruits.


Join us in 2017 – Freshers’ Fairs

This September, we will have recruiting stands at the Freshers’ Fairs at 7 universities. Look out for the UOTC banners and our Officer Cadets who will be wearing combat trousers and Leeds UOTC T-shirts. Our stands are open from 1000hrs to 1600hrs on the dates below:

  • York St John University - 13th September 17.
  • University of Hull - 17th September 17. 
  • University of Leeds – 19th September 17.
  • University of Huddersfield – 19th September 17. 
  • Leeds Beckett University – 20th and 21st September 17. 
  • University of Bradford – 20th September 17.
  • University of York – 30th September 17. 

Join us in 2017 – Open Nights

We will also be holding open nights at our barracks in Leeds and York. If you miss us at the Freshers’ Fairs this is another opportunity for you to find out more or to see where we train.


Leeds UOTC Headquarters Open Night 

1800hrs, Thursday 21st September at Carlton Barracks, Carlton Gate, Leeds LS7 1HE (for students studying in Leeds, Huddersfield, Hull and Bradford) 


York Detachment Open Night 

1800hrs, Wednesday 4th October at Worsley Barracks, Fulford Rd, York YO10 4EB (for students studying in York) 


Where are we?

Leeds University Officer Training Corps is based in central Leeds, close to the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University. Our Officer Cadets from Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield and Hull train at our headquarters in Leeds.We also have a detachment in York where our Officer Cadets from universities in York train.

Both our locations are easily accessible by road and public transport and we pay the travel expenses of those who travel to our two locations from outside of Leeds or York. We also provide dedicated transport for our Officer Cadets who travel from Hull.

Contact Us

Leeds University Officer Training Corps (Headquarters)
Carlton Barracks
Carlton Gate

Telephone: 01904 668724

Email: RMAS-Gp-OTRYorks-LUOTC-PSAO@mod.uk

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

Telephone: 01904 668724

Email: RMAS-Gp-OTRYorks-LUOTC-PSAO@mod.uk