Defence Academy signs MoU with Portsmouth University

29 May 2015 / Categories: DA News and Events

The Defence Academy’s Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Portsmouth (UoP) to give university students more opportunities for a technical career in the Armed Forces or Civil Service.

From September technical students will be able study at Portsmouth with the support of DTUS, which gives them a bursary of £4,000 and a guaranteed career with their chosen Service on graduation.

“This new agreement is testament to the excellent facilities and teaching staff that we have in the Faculty of Technology,” said Professor Graham Galbraith, Vice Chancellor for the UoP.

“As a university in a naval city we are pleased to strengthen our ties with the Ministry of Defence and the Royal Navy.”

Portsmouth is the eleventh university to sign up to the scheme, which also includes Aston, Birmingham, Cambridge, Imperial College, Loughborough, Oxford, Newcastle, Northumbria, Southampton and Strath Clyde.

“I am delighted that we are able to add the University of Portsmouth to the list of partner universities for the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme,” said Vice Admiral Duncan Potts CB, Director General Joint Force Development and the Defence Academy.

“This will add to the options available to our future engineering and technical Officers for the Armed Forces and MoD civil service.”

DTUS is a sponsorship scheme run by the Defence Academy to support engineering and technical graduates who are planning to become Officers in the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force or Civil Servants in the Defence Engineering and Science Group within the Ministry of Defence.

The scheme provides academic and financial support to students alongside adventurous training and sporting opportunities with the aim of promoting personal development and leadership.

The Defence Academy runs four military support units (squadrons) in Southampton, Loughborough, Birmingham and Newcastle, to provide professional, academic and pastoral support to students during their studies. Thunderer Squadron, located at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, will support DTUS students attending Portsmouth University.

Whilst at university students join the Reserve Forces and receive training pay for attendance at regular drill nights and for the activities they undertake during weekends and vacation periods.

DTUS is part of the Defence Technical Officer and Engineer Entry Scheme (DTOEES), which also includes Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College. Students join the DTUS via Welbeck College or as direct applicants.
Application process
To join DTUS, you’ll need to be a British or Commonwealth citizen and have resided in the UK for more than 5 years. You’ll also need to apply by the November prior to joining university. Current students can apply after they start in September/October.
Apply online or visit your local Armed Forces Careers Office. You will be required to attend a number of screening interviews and if successful will be invited to attend the Officer Selection Board for your chosen service. Passing this selection board will result in sponsorship being offered.
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