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University Air Squadron Bursary Scheme (UAS BS)

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Challenge yourself and push beyond what you dreamed possible with this unique opportunity to experience life in the Royal Air Force whilst you study.

Our main role

Does the thought of stepping out of a lecture hall knowing that you’ll soon be stepping on board one of the most advanced aircraft in the world excite you?

In the University Air Squadron, you will be part of the UK’s Air and Space Power, contributing to national and global defence. Membership of a UAS does not carry any obligation on the part of the RAF or the individual for subsequent service in the RAF.

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Get your head out of your books and into the clouds

With the University Air Squadron you won’t be a passenger, we will teach you to fly. We will give you the skills and confidence to fly solo along with ground training opportunities. 

As a member of a University Air Squadron you will receive world-class training, setting you up with life-long transferable skills. Working closely in teams you’ll develop how you communicate, making you an effective leader. You will grow in confidence, learn many new things about yourself and step out of your comfort zone to face mental and physical challenges. All whilst getting paid.

You will have the opportunity to explore 21 commissioned branches and the wealth of career options available in the RAF. It’s not all work and study, you will also take part in numerous sports and adventure training such as rock climbing, skiing and sailing – both in the UK and abroad.

By joining the University Air Squadron you’re signing up to a university experience far beyond what you’ve imagined with no commitment to join after. If, right now, you’re feeling something in the pit of your stomach, then this is the opportunity for you whilst you study.

What's the process for applying?

COVID-19 restrictions have meant that the application process for academic year 20/21 will be online. You will be required to complete an online application form and send it to the email it to the appropriate contact that is listed for your identified University Air Squadron.

Are you eligible? 

Applicants should be a full-time registered student or deferred with a confirmed place for 2021/22 academic year, studying for a full first degree and have at least 5 academic terms remaining to complete their studies. You are also required to have a minimum of 5 GCSE or equivalent (including English and Maths) at grade C or above and 2 A-levels or equivalent.

Applicants will be required to undertake the RAF fitness test, and an interview and medical examination; further information will be forwarded on receipt of your application.

A Modern Force: The RAF recognises the value of a person’s ability no matter their ethnicity, social background, religion or belief, gender identity, sexual orientation or marital status/civil partnership.

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Opportunity Overview

  • May 31st, 2021
  • £4,000 p.a. bursary + training pay + benefits
  • 2:2 and above (expected)
  • Year-long
  • Multiple UK Locations

Disciplines accepted...

  • All STEM disciplines

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