Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde Air Squadron

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve unit which recruits undergraduates from the University of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde, University of the West of Scotland, University of Stirling, Glasgow Caledonian University and Glasgow School of Art.

Crest for Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde Air Squadron


UGSAS is manned for up to 60 undergraduate members.  Up to 30 members are recruited annually from the constituent universities.  Our Town Headquarters (THQ) is in Park Circus, overlooking Kelvingrove Park and the University of Glasgow.  Unusually for a UAS, we do not operate from a military airfield; instead our Flying Element is at Glasgow International Airport.


09 September 2019 - University of Stirling

17-18 September 2019 - University of Glasgow

17-18 September 2019 - University of Strathclyde (sited at Rottenrow Gardens)

16 September 2019 - Glasgow Caledonian University

Alternatively, you can contact the UGSAS Admin Team to request an online application. 

23 September 2019 – Open Evening – UGSAS Town Headquarters 

Prospective candidates will be given a further insight into the commitment, training and opportunities associated with being a member of the UAS from current squadron members and staff. They will also have the chance to book a pre-fitness and provisional Formal Interview slot. The evening will commence at 1830. 

26 & 27 September 2019 – Pre-selection Fitness Test

Pre-selection fitness test sessions will be undertaken throughout the day – Venue & timings TBC

30 September – 04 October 2019 – Formal Interviews

Formal Interviews will take place at UGSAS Town Headquarters 

Weekly training

Other than when university exams are under way, Training Nights take place on Thursday evenings at THQ.  Flying instruction takes place on Tuesday – Friday during term time and Monday to Friday during holiday periods. 

UGSAS deploys for Easter, summer and autumn camps to give opportunities to experience the RAF lifestyle and to provide continuity in flying instruction.  There are opportunities throughout the year to get involved with sport, adventurous training and personal and professional development.


1941 - Formed to deliver training to undergraduates prior to their entry to the RAF.

1946 - The Squadron was equipped with their first aircraft, the Tiger Moth at HMS Sanderling, now Glasgow Airport.

1965 - The Squadron changed its name from University of Glasgow Air Squadron to reflect the new name of Strathclyde University.

2000 - The Squadron re-equipped with the Grob Tutor.


Contact details

Town Headquarters

Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde Air Squadron, 12 Park Circus, Glasgow, G3 6AX

Phone: 0141 332 2548

Email: 6FTS-UGSAS-AdminTeam@mod.gov.uk

Flying Headquarters

Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde Air Squadron, Glasgow Airport, Paisley PA3 2ST

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