University of Birmingham
Air Squadron

Personal Development and Leadership Training

While participating in UBAS activities leads to personal development, UBAS encourages students to organise and lead activities themselves to extend this development further. Any student can suggest or organise an activity, with support available from students and staff if needed. Becoming a member of the student leadership team is a great way to build on these skills and take on more responsibility.
At the fortnightly training nights, students may give presentations on current affairs topics or recent UBAS events.

Florida (USAF)ROTC Exchange

In early 2020 UBAS sent a team of 5 students on exchange with the US Air Force in Daytona Beach, Florida. While there they spent a week with the USAF equivalent of UBAS, learning about how they train future air officers. This involved everything from lectures at the university to learning close quarters combat tactics with training weapons. This was the first time any UAS had accomplished this and in doing so we built a long-standing relationship with a key NATO partner. Not only was the exchange itself an incredible week of learning and personal development, it was proposed and organised almost entirely by students, this itself providing outstanding opportunities for learning. Not to mention a bit of time in the Florida sun.

Air Power Study Exercises

Many students have had the opportunity to visit landing sites along the Normandy coast, including Pointe du Hoc, Arromanches, Pegasus Bridge and Merville Battery. Students also visited the Commonwealth Cemetery at Ranville and the US Cemetery near Colleville-sur-Mer, allowing time for reflection. The trip is especially moving, guided by extremely knowledgeable UBAS staff, giving students an incredible insight into operations during World War II and the D-Day landings. Other exercises are run to The Somme and Ypres.

Remembrance Parade

UBAS are invited to take part in the parade in Birmingham on remembrance Sunday each year, representing RAF Cosford.