Applications for the 2019/20 year are now closed

Brunel University London: 17th September

Queen Mary University: 18th September

City, University of London: 19th September

King's College London: 20th September

University of Hertfordshire: 27th September

University of Kent: 20th September

Royal Holloway: 23rd September

University College London: 28th September

Imperial College London: 1st October

If we are not visiting your university, don't worry!. Either come and visit us at another Fresher Fair or contact us through the online form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible. You can also find and send us all the recruitment documents in the infomation section below to apply online


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The Squadron

The University of London Air Squadron is a training unit within the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves. It primarily provides basic flying training, force development and adventurous training to undergraduate students at universities within London and the surrounding areas. The main role of the squadron is to provide a taste of life in the service and give experience to its members so that they can make an informed decision on whether to take up a career as an officer in one of the many branches the RAF has to offer.

Members are expected to attend social training nights, usually on a weekly basis, as well as a variety of annual training camps at various RAF bases within the UK. Flying training is conducted on the Grob 115E ‘Tutor’, a modern carbon-fibre aircraft. The core flying syllabus of 31 sorties loosely follows that of RAF Elementary Flying Training and students generally fly ten to fifteen hours per year. Students can also progress to the ‘advanced’ syllabus during which they will be trained to do solo aerobatics, solo close-formation and solo low-level navigation.

Flying training is supplemented with ground training, force development training and adventurous training both in this country and abroad. Members are considered part of the RAF Volunteer Reserve and most students hold the rank of Officer Cadet, which has the status and privileges of an Officer. Some may obtain commissions in the RAF Volunteer Reserve, in the rank of Acting Pilot Officer. Medicine and Dentistry students, on obtaining a Cadetship, are commissioned into the RAF in the rank of Pilot Officer.



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"...I had an amazing time on the squadron. They invest a lot of money in you to develop your flying and leadership skills. If you like the idea of doing sport, adventure training and flying at no cost, then this is the place to be..."

"..The single most rewarding, most enjoyable and (I would argue) most valuable experience of uni for me was my time in ULAS. I wish I could go back and do it again! I still wear my squadron tie on occasion, and wear it with pride..."


We are not just your ordinary squadron.

  • September 1935

    Our Humble Beginnings

    The University of London Air Squadron was formed in September 1935. We took up our first headquarters at Exhibition Road in South Kensington.

  • 1939 - 1941

    Squadron Disbanded

    With the outbreak of war in 1939 the squadron was disbanded, but was reformed in April 1941 for university students whom had volunteered for aircrew duties.

  • April 1941

    Squadron Reform

    After the war had ended, the University Air Squadron system reformed within No 54 Group and transfered over to No 3 EFTS at RAF Biggin Hill flying de Havilland Tiger Moths.

  • 2013 - 2015

    Contributions to Charity

    The University of London Air Squadron was awarded the Rex Waite memorial trophy for outstanding acts of charity carried out over the year in support of the Jon Egging Trust, including raising £15,000. ULAS was the first UAS to be awarded the Rex Waite Trophy. In 2015, ULAS squadron members raised £54,000 for charity which is a number unprecedented in UAS history.

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