Freshers’ Week 2021 – University Royal Naval Unit (URNU)


University Royal Naval Unit (URNU)

The aim of the URNU is to broaden students’ understanding of the Royal Navy, and to develop undergraduates who have the potential to become the leaders of tomorrow, through maritime experience and exposure to the values and ethos of the Royal Navy.

URNU members take to sea at weekends and during academic holidays. In addition they have opportunities to take part in sporting events, adventurous training activities – all within a vibrant and friendly social scene.

Man in Navy Uniform at wheel of a ship

Why did you join the URNU? 

‘I decided to join the URNU because I had an interest in powerboating and sailing and when I heard about the opportunity to be paid for activities such as sailing, adventurous training and sport, I was instantly attracted. I also had a slight interest in the Royal Navy so I thought it would be a good way to get an insight into the military.’

What do you enjoy most about being part of the URNU?

‘I really enjoy the friendships that I have made. Everyone joins with similar core values to yourself and so you know that you can trust them and have a good time with like-minded people to forge friendships that will last even after university. 

My highlights of the URNU so far would definitely be doing a two-week expedition across to the Channel islands and France and also being a part of the first URNU team to complete in the Nijmegan marches – the largest multiple day marching event in the world set in Netherlands – over the summer in 2018.’

What would you say to someone interested in joining the URNU?

‘If someone is interested in joining the URNU I would say 100 per cent go for it and don’t doubt yourself. It is the best and most exclusive society at university and one that will not only allow you to make really good friends but also develop your leadership and team working skills, all while being paid and getting qualifications.’

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Meet Officer Cadet Nick Lilley of City of Edinburgh UOTC and Officer Cadet Beth Scott of Glasgow and Strathclyde UOTC


Meet Officer Cadet Abbie McKelvie of East of Scotland Universities Air Squadron

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