The University Officers’ Training Corps and University Royal Naval Unit Leadership and Recognition Awards have now taken place at Brighton University.
The evening began with a welcome from Professor Debra Humphris, Vice-Chancellor and an inspiring address by Major General Robert Nitsch.
Awards were presented by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Peter Field, Peter Stock and Keith Richardson from Chartered Management Institute who sponsored the event.
Presentations were given by Midshipman Harrison Kerr and Midshipman Jordan Hardwidge from the URNU and Junior Under-Officer Guy Whittaker and Officer Cadet Taylor from SUOTC.
Also in attendance were, The worshipful Mayor of Brighton and Hove, Cllr Mo Marsh; Representing Newhaven Council, Cllr Steve Saunders; Mr Christopher Gebbie OBE DL and Vice Chancellor of Sussex Professor Adam Tickell.
Major General Robert Nitsch had an opportunity to meet with the award recipients after the presentations and said: “It is a fantastic pleasure to be here this evening, it is great to see the integration between the universities in Brighton and also the URNO and the OTC. I think it offers a great amount to the students but it also it offers a huge amount to the services, as we benefit from these relationships and I am really grateful to the CMI and Brighton University who have hosted this evening.”
The annual awards ceremony has been successfully run for the last years, with an aim to raise awareness of what leadership training is available through the UOTC and OTC. It offers students an opportunity to improve their employment prospects and provides amazing opportunities to grow and develop as citizens.
The University Officers’ Training Corps (UOTC) is a Type B Army Reserve unit, but is very similar to a University society. It presents university students with a unique opportunity to develop themselves as leaders and challenge themselves by partaking in military exercises, adventurous training, sport, community projects and expeditions both in the UK and overseas.
There are 15 UOTCs and 2 Officer Training Regiments (OTRs – incorporating 2 UOTCs each) spread across the country. Catering for over 4000 university students drawn from about 150 Universities.
UOTC members are classed as Officer Cadets (OCdt) and are members of the Army Reserve, paid when on duty. UOTC members cannot be mobilised for active service, have no obligation to join the armed forces when they leave university and can resign from the UOTC at any time.
The UOTC has two key roles. Firstly to provide a positive military experience to those OCdts who ultimately go on to civilian employment, so that they are minded to act as positive advocates for the Army and secondly, to aid in and facilitate the recruiting of regular and reserve officers.