Undergraduate Leadership Programme

What is it?

The Undergraduate Leadership Programme (ULP) gives STEM students, at all levels, an in-depth understanding of the leadership skills required for an engineering career in the Royal Navy – and how these skills give you the edge in industry.

The programme is made up of four events, three of which take place at selected UK campuses, outside of lecture timetables. The final event lasts two days, in Portsmouth, and will provide a brief insight into leadership and engineering in the Royal Navy. You’re free to attend as many of the events as you wish. However, if you want to progress onto the paid Summer Internship, we’d recommend them all.

Once you’ve completed the Royal Navy 2-Day Experience you’ll be awarded a certificate to show you have completed ‘Leadership and Management Training’ with the Royal Navy.

The ULP is perfect if you’re looking to build on your leadership and management skills, experience a unique working environment first-hand, or just find out more about yourself.

Paid summer internship

What is it

If you want to push yourself beyond the ULP, there’s an exclusive six-week paid internship for the 12 undergraduates who show an aptitude for leadership and have a proven passion for engineering.

If you make the grade, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work across the different engineering disciplines and branches of the Naval Service: air, marine and weapons. This includes aviation, marine, weapons and systems engineering.

Please note: there is no obligation to join the Royal Navy if you take part in the above.

What can I expect?

The events will get you thinking about leadership and management, with theoretical and practical exercises that will help you develop your own leadership style. For each event timings and locations will be circulated in due course, please keep checking the 'When and where' section on this page.

ULP Socials – The first event gives you an opportunity to chat with Royal Navy Engineers and people who have already completed the programme. With free food and drink, it’s the perfect, relaxed environment to find out more about the ULP, the Paid Summer Internship, and the benefits of an engineering career in the Royal Navy.

Practical Leadership Event – The second sessions deliver practical leadership exercises aimed at developing your leadership and teamwork skills. These take place at designated campuses between November and December.

Theoretical Leadership Event – The final on-campus sessions are classroom-based discussions and table-top exercises, exploring leadership models to increase your understanding of the theory behind leadership and management. These take place between January and February.

Royal Navy 2-Day Experience – The final two-day event is hosted by the Royal Navy in Portsmouth. It enables us to show you leadership in action, by using state-of-the-art Royal Naval training facilities.

During this visit you’ll have the opportunity to see engineering in practice while developing your teamwork and leadership skills through a variety of exciting and unique activities. This opportunity is open to everyone who’s signed up to participate in the ULP, though since we’re limited to 120 places, we’ll prioritise those of you who have attended the on-campus activities.

When and where?

Social Event dates and locations:

Date University Time Location
12/10/17 Liverpool University 1800-2000 Seminar Room, Careers&Employability Service University of Liverpool, 150 Mount Pleasant Liverpool L69 3GD
12/10/17 Swansea University  1800-2000  The Core Fabian Way, Skewen, Swansea SA1 8QQ
16/10/17  Strathclyde University  1800-2000  L2.10 University of Strathclyde Careers Service Level 6 Livingstone Tower 26 Richmond Street, Glasgow, G1 1XH
19/10/17  Portsmouth University  1800-2000  Purple Door, 28 Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth, PO1 2DD
23/10/17  Coventry University  1800-2000  Square One, Coventry University, Priory Street, Coventry CV1 5QP
24/10/17  Loughborough University  1800-2000  WPT0.08 West Park Teaching Hub Exhibition Area, Epinal Way, Loughborough, LE11 3TU
7/11/17  Teesside University 1800-2000  Sports Hall, Brittan Building, Teesside University, Borough Road, Middlesbrough TS1 3BA
9/11/17  Plymouth University  1800-2000  Babbage Building 417, Plymouth PL4 8AA

Practical Leadership Event dates and locations:

Date University Time  Location
20/11/17 Portsmouth University 1800-2000  Sports Hall, John Pounds Centre, 23 Queen St, Portsmouth PO1 3HN
21/11/17  Plymouth University  1800-2000  Thomas Pitts Hall, Gibbon Street, Plymouth PL4 8BT
27/11/17  Teesside University  1800-2000  Sports Hall, Brittan Building, Teesside University, Borough Road, Middlesbrough TS1 3BA 
4/12/17  Loughborough University  1800-2000  West Park Teaching Hub Exhibition Space, Loughborough Le11 3TU 
5/12/17  Coventry University  1800-2000  Sport and Recreation Centre, Whitefriars Street, Coventry CV1 2DS
11/12/17  Liverpool University  1800-2000  Sports Hall, University of Liverpool, Sports&Fitness Centre Bedford Street North Liverpool, L69 7ZN
12/12/17 Swansea University  1800-2000  UniGym, Bay Campus, Elba Cres, Skewen, Swansea SA1 8QQ

Theoretical Leadership Event dates and locations:

Date University Time  Location
5 February 18 Portsmouth University 1800-2000  TBC
6 February 18  Plymouth University  1800-2000  TBC 
8 February 18  Strathclyde University  1800-2000  TBC 
12 February 18  Teesside University  1800-2000  TBC 
13 February 18  Liverpool University  1800-2000  TBC 
15 February 18  Loughborough University  1800-2000  TBC 
19 February 18  Coventry University  1800-2000  TBC 
22 February 18  Swansea University  1800-2000  TBC

For more information, visit our events calendar.



Am I eligible?

The ULP is delivered at numerous Universities across the UK. If you’re not a student at one of these universities but can make it to one (or all) of the on-campus events, feel free to come and see us. 

To apply for the ULP you can be:

  • Any age
  • Any nationality

You need to be:

  • Studying a degree in Engineering, Maths, Physics or Computer Science
  • Without medical restrictions

To apply for the paid Summer Internship you need to be:

  • Ages 18 to 34
  • A British citizen, with dual nationality or from a Commonwealth country
  • Studying a degree in Engineering, Maths, Physics or Computer Science
  • Free of any medical conditions that could place you or others at risk during individual and group physical activities. You should also be prepared to spend short periods of time at sea

How do I apply?

Registration for this year's ULP are now open.

To apply go here