Exercise Deep Heat is an event where participants can gain an insight into what it’s like to lead teams, in a pressurised but safe environment, applying theory to practical and complex situations. The overall effect is designed to develop an attendee’s self-awareness of their influence in group and individual situations as well as their self-confidence. The exercise has a humanitarian aid theme running through it where participants work in a neutral environment to better identify learning points.

This exercise is not physically demanding so potential attendees should not expect to be run ragged through the day, the exercise can accommodate attendees with disabilities. Much of the day focuses on practicing leadership skills within a very supportive environment.


The City of Edinburgh University Officers’ Training Corps (CEUOTC) is an army reserve unit, but it’s not unlike a university society. The UOTC gives students the chance to develop their leadership skills and take part in rigorous military training. Find out more about the Officer's Training Corps here.

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During Deep Heat you will learn about:

  • Decision making
  • Vision
  • Ethics
  • Strategy
  • Responsibility
  • Contribution
  • Management
  • Integrity
  • Influence
  • Communication
  • Support
  • Teamwork
  • Planning

Challenge yourself - you'll be amazed!


  • Introductory Exercise

    0830 start

  • Group Problem Solving Exercise

  • Presentation

    Ethics of leadership

  • Practical Exercises

    Leaderless command tasks
    Command task skills
    Command tasks (each participant will lead a task)

  • Workshop

    Hot Chair Peer Review

  • Interview

    Individual development message
    Aim to finish by 1900

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Participants will be offered lunch, an evening meal and hot drinks throughout the day. Our food has attracted great feedback in the past and Billy our chef can accommodate all dietary requirements.

Teams will be led and mentored by army personnel, most of whom are reservists, but all offer a great breadth of experience to help develop a participant’s self awareness over the event. They are called DS (Directing Staff) and last year’s DS included a Barrister (undergraduate archaeologist), a PHD in Biology and Statistics, a chartered civil engineer (former USAID senior field director), two regular army officers and a teacher.

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