Honours for leadership and recognition for Sussex Universities’ URNU and UOTC students


Recipients of Leadership and Recognition Awards from Universities of Brighton, Chichester and Sussex Royal Naval and Army Officer Training Units with the Deputy Lieutenant of Sussex Major General John Moore-Bick CBE DL and distinguished military and local Brighton communities. 

Last night Her Majesty’s Deputy Lieutenant for East Sussex, Major General John Moore-Bick CBE DL and Mr Keith Richardson from The Chartered Management Institute (CMi) presented leadership and recognition honours and awards to young officer cadets from the Universities of Brighton, Chichester and Sussex Royal Navy and Army Officer Training Units. The ceremony of celebration took place in the Huxley Building’s Lecture Theatre at Brighton University in front of officer cadets from the University Royal Naval Unit (URNU) and the University Officer Training Corps (UOTC) and distinguished guests from the military, university and the local Brighton and Newhaven communities.  The Chartered Management Institute (CMi) sponsored the combined awards evening, which is now an annual event, having been established three years ago.

Awards were presented to cadets from both the UOTC and URNU for Overall Leadership, Excellence at Sport, Contribution to the Unit, Best Improved and Best Endeavour, as well as Navigation and Seamanship specifically to an URNU cadet.


From L-R: Officer Cadet Grace Anderson, Officer Cadet Nicola Flynn, Officer Cadet Alexandra Rothwell and Officer Cadet Guy Whittaker. 


Overall Leadership:                            Officer Cadet Alexandra Rothwell

Contribution to Sports:                     Officer Cadet Guy Whittaker

Charity and Activism:                        Officer Cadet Grace Anderson

Best Endeavour:                                  Officer Cadet Nicola Flynn



Overall Leadership:                             Midshipman Alex Watts

Excellence at Sport:                            Officer Cadet Brendan Murphy-Mitchell

Officer Cadet Jordan Hardwidge

Overall Contribution to the Unit:  Midshipman Kate Surplice

Most Improved Officer Cadet:         Officer Cadet Murray Brown

Navigation and Seamanship:           Midshipman Alex Watts



From L-R: Midshipman Alex Watts, Officer Cadet Brendan Murphy-Mitchell, Midshipman Kate Surplice, Officer Cadet Murray Brown and Officer Jordan Hardwidge. 

Membership of the Sussex Universities’ Officer Training Corps and Royal Naval Units (OTC and URNU) detachments provide undergraduate students from Sussex, Brighton and Chichester Universities and partner colleges, an opportunity to develop their leadership potential, while at the same time developing skills in field craft, orienteering, map reading, skill at arms, navigation and seamanship, abseiling, developing social skills, fitness, sport, rock climbing, night exercises, parachuting, canoeing and many more activities.



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