Developing the intellectual edge needed for success on operations and leadership in government

The Defence Academy welcomes students from the Ministry of Defence, wider government, UK industry and overseas. We provide a wide range of short and long courses ranging from awareness up to expert level covering five broad course themes: leadership; command; technology; business skills; and international engagement.  

We are based at a secure site in Shrivenham, 20 miles west of Oxford, with sites also in central London, Gosport, Andover and Halton. We also include Welbeck 6th Form College near Loughborough and four university squadrons with links to 11 universities offering bursaries to students studying subjects in technical and engineering disciplines. 

For more information on the Defence Academy and what we have to offer, please use this website or make direct contact using the communication methods provided on the contact us page.

Latest news

24 May 2018
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Courses enjoy continued civilian accreditation success
Shrivenham Leadership Centre (SLC) successfully delivers a wide portfolio of civilian-accredited training, leading to many qualifications for our delegates from the national Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), from a range of awarding bodies.  To maintain such a high standard, we are routinely externally assured by our awarding bodies; we are proud to have  just successfully come through yet another such visit last month. 

Next event

23 March 2018
Are you going to Civil Service Live? We’ll see you there!

The Defence Academy will be attending Civil Service Live in Glasgow, Cardiff and London this year to talk to you about your training and educational needs. 

We provide a wide range of short and long courses ranging from awareness up to expert level covering five broad course themes: 

  • leadership
  • command
  • technology
  • business skills 
  • international engagement.  

Civil Service Live is the government’s annual, cross-department learning event, attracting thousands of civil servants to regional events to learn, network and share best practice. Our courses are available to all government departments and industry click here


  • Glasgow - Thursday 7th June - Stand 42
  • Cardiff - Thursday 5th July - Stand 23
  • London - Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th July - Stand 15



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