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Excellence in Military Education

Read about the training we offer to the UK's military

Our Faculty of Business and Law has a history of delivering education to all areas of the UK’s military services. We cover areas from air power to naval human resource management. We deliver a combination of practical and research-based learning.

Air and space power education for the Royal Air Force

Our experts are selected from a pool of researchers, RAF military and industry specialists who have advised, informed or operated in the military. These teams deliver specialist education to service personnel in topics such as:

  • Air power
  • Ethics
  • International security
  • Joint operations
  • Leadership
  • Multinational operations

Initial Officer Training - RAF Cranwell

At RAF Cranwell, our specialist teams teach, tutor and assess the next generation of air and space power leaders in subjects including:

  • International security and relations
  • The development of air power theory and practice
  • Contemporary security operations and challenges

Non-commissioned officer training - RAF Halton

At RAF Halton, our specialist teams deliver tailored education packages to non-commissioned officers. We train participants on the use of air power as a military instrument, and its position in the global geo-strategic context.

Subjects like change management and project management have had a direct correlation with the military context. A greater awareness of the academic theory underpinning these subjects has given me the credibility and the confidence to back up my practical approaches when in service

Daniel Stafford , Warrant Officer 2nd class

Adaptive training

Our degree apprenticeship is a blended delivery of the bachelor’s degree Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship for warrant officers and non-commissioned officers.

BA Leadership and Management

Senior, non-commissioned officers worldwide can study the BA Leadership and Management degree. Students study through online learning activities and exercises and have access to support through weekly video sessions. The programme takes 3 years to complete part time. This qualification is fully funded by the apprenticeship levy.

MSc Leadership and Management

Our MSc Leadership and Management degree provides accreditation for students who already have prior learning and allows their rank in the military to serve as an entry point. While completing this course, students access a tutor and can communicate with other work-based students. They also have the option to participate at an annual research conference in Portsmouth. Students can enter this course biannually. Students can suspend their studies for up to 2 years at a time.

Teaching staff profiles

These are some of the expert staff who teach on these courses

Steven Paget, Director of Academic Support Services


Steven joined the University in 2015. Before this, he was a lecturer in Strategy and Operations at the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Command and Staff College and a NZDF Teaching Fellow at the Centre for Defence and Security Studies, Massey University. His current research includes an examination of multinational air power and an analysis of RAF operations throughout the history of the service.

Tom Smith, Assistant Academic Director


Tom specialises in contemporary security and terrorism with a particular focus in Asia. Following his MSc at the London School of Economics, he worked for the United Nations in Sri Lanka. In 2016, he was commissioned by the Defence Human Capability Science and Technology Centre of the UK Ministry of Defence to examine the role of social media in the Syrian War. He has given evidence before the All Parliamentary Group on Human Rights on human rights abuses in the Philippines.

Carl Hartford, Senior Fellow


Carl is a former navigator with 4000 flying hours. He has also served as a leadership instructor at the Britannica Royal Naval College, a senior leadership instructor at the RAF College and the Training Requirements Authority responsible for developing all the RAF's Generic Education and Training requirements.  He spent 3 years working within HQ Air as a strategy development officer. Carl holds a professional certificate in coaching from Henley Business School.

Veronika Poniscjakova, Teaching Fellow


Veronika’s research focuses on the role of counter-culture, religion and right-wing ideology on perpetration of political violence and civil disobedience in Israel. She has 4 years teaching experience in air power, history and international relations. While working at the University of Nottingham she taught modules on the War in Iraq and Political Theory: From Ancient to Modern.