University of Birmingham
Air Squadron

About Us

The University of Birmingham Air Squadron, commonly known as 'UBAS', is based at RAF Cosford in Shropshire. UBAS consists of approximately 75 students from West Midlands universities, with around 30 students recruited each academic year. Students are RAF reservists, with the rank of Officer Cadet.

The University Air Squadrons were created to give university students incredible experiences and the opportunity to learn valuable skills to attract students into a career as an RAF officer. Students are entitled to reservist pay for the activities they take part in, and those interested in joining the RAF are fantastically placed for application help and advice. However, there is no obligation to join the RAF after graduation, and the skills and experiences acquired will boost employability in any chosen career path.

The student body is split into three flights, A, B, and C. Each flight has a student flight commander who holds the rank of Acting Pilot Officer (APO). The Senior Student, Acting Pilot Officer Lucy Pepper, is in overall charge of the students.

Meet the Senior Student

APO Lucy Pepper is the current UBAS Senior Student. She is currently in her final year, studying Philosophy at the University of Birmingham. Lucy is on her third year on squadron having previously been IC Sport.

Outside of UBAS Lucy lives an active and busy life. Lucy is a keen Netball player, playing multiple times a week at university.

Lucy most enjoys the adventurous training activities that UBAS offers at home and abroad, visiting several different countries to undertake the training. Having been limited by COVID-19 in her first year, Lucy made the most of her second year on squadron by participating in skiing, sailing and more general AT expeditions. The camaraderie that is borne out of this type of training shows what an amazing group of people can achieve together whilst gaining new skills and preparing for a RAF Career.