University Royal Naval Unit

There are 14 University Royal Naval Units (URNUs) located around the country offering opportunities to 700 undergraduates from the country’s leading universities.

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.

Each URNU is commanded by a Royal Navy Lieutenant who is responsible for 51 undergraduates during their time in the Unit. It is not a recruiting organisation and membership of the URNU carries no obligation to join the Royal Navy upon graduation.

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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 and gain a CMI qualification all within a vibrant and friendly social scene.

The Scottish Lowlands are home to

  • Glasgow & Strathclyde Universities Royal Naval Unit (G&SURNU)
  • Edinburgh Universities Royal Naval Unit (EURNU)

Each unit has its own P2000 Fast Inshore Patrol Craft (HMS Pursuer (G&SURNU) and HMS Archer (EURNU) which provides high-quality sea training experiences, develops seamanship, team building and leadership skills in the maritime environment.

Lieutenant Commander Sam Cresdee and Lieutenant Ray Gidney enjoying a chat at the Glasgow URNU 50TH anniversary

We caught up with Senior Midshipman Ashall and Acting Officer Cadet Panaretou at Glasgow URNU’s 50th anniversary. Find out more about their URNU experiences here.

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