The Worship Livery Company of Wales (WLCoW) has given its annual award to a member of the Wales Universities Officers’ Training Corps (WUOTC).

Professor Gillian Davies DL, Master of the WLCoW, attended the WUOTC’s Annual Dinner, which was held at the Ashford International Hotel in Kent, to make the presentation on Saturday 23 June.

The award is a miniature sword and certificate and it was presented to Officer Cadet Ben Holloway, who has just completed his third year studying History.

Ben was the Cadet Under Officer (CUO) during his last 12 months with WUOTC and as the Senior Officer Cadet, he was the link between the Unit Staff and the Officer Cadets within his Detachment.

The decision was based on a number of criteria but primarily, Ben has been the perfect role model for both his peers in Swansea and across the wider WUOTC community.

The citation read: “He has really thrived as CUO, always going that one stage further than expected for the role. His instruction and leadership has been outstanding.

“Ben also contributed above and beyond his appointment as CUO in his role as a qualified Physical Training Instructor, a qualification gained whilst serving in his second year with WUOTC, where he took personal responsibility for the development and improvement in Officer Cadets’ personal fitness, always coaching, monitoring and improving individuals at both the Detachment and Unit level.

“Overall, he has been a stalwart during training, proactive in his role as CUO and a great asset to Wales UOTC during his time with the Corps.”

University Service Units teach skills to students that look great on their CVs and enhance their future employability – plus, they get paid for it. Their respective models and programmes are designed to fit around the academic calendar but University Service Units are not your average university society.

Each service has its own university organisation that offer military experience, adventurous training and an energetic social life. Many students go on to serve as regulars and reserves, though there’s no obligation to join the Armed Forces after they graduate from university.

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