MASUAS is established to train up to 60 undergraduate students, managed by 6 permanent staff. Approximately 30 students are recruited each year from the University of Manchester; University of Salford, Manchester; and Manchester Metropolitan University. The squadron headquarters and flying facilities are at RAF Woodvale on the Sefton coast, located between Liverpool and Southport.
During university term-times, routine squadron training events vary between training evenings, on a Wednesday or Friday, or residential training weekends at RAF Woodvale. MASUAS offers 3 residential training camps throughout the academic year, with duration ranging between 5 days and two weeks.
A Winter Camp is usually held in early January at RAF Woodvale. The Easter Camp tends to focus on adventurous training activities and is often held at a deployed location. The major, and mandatory, training event is the Summer Camp which normally commences in late June.