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University Royal Naval Units (URNUs)

There are 14 URNUs located around the country offering opportunities to 700 undergraduates from the country’s leading universities in England, Scotland and Wales. The aim of the URNU is to broaden Naval understanding and develop undergraduates who show potential to become the leaders of tomorrow, through maritime experience and exposure to the values and ethos of the Royal Navy.

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Each URNU is commanded by a RN 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 on graduation.

URNU members are taken to sea at weekends and during their vacation periods, 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.

Recruitment for all 14 units will be taking place during September/October 2013, if you are interested in finding out more please click on the relevant link below:

Northumbrian URNU - Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria and Sunderland Universities.

Yorkshire URNU – Leeds, Sheffield and Hull Universities.

Cambridge URNU – Cambridge, East Anglia and Anglia Ruskin Universities.

London URNU – All Universities within the M25:

Oxford URNU – Oxford, Reading and Oxford Brookes Universities.

Sussex URNU – Sussex and Brighton Universities and Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

Southampton URNU – Southampton, Portsmouth and Southampton Solent Universities.

Bristol URNU – Bath, Bristol, University of the West England, Exeter and Gloucester Universities

Wales URNU – Cardiff, Swansea, UWIC, South Wales (Glamorgan and Newport), Swansea Met Universities.

Birmingham URNU – Birmingham, Birmingham City, Aston, Warwick, Leicester, Leicester De Montford, Loughborough, Coventry, Harper Adams and Worcester Universities.

Liverpool URNU – Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores Universities.

Manchester URNU – Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan, Salford, Lancaster, Royal Northern College of Music and Bolton Universities.

Glasgow and Strathclyde URNU – Glasgow, Strathclyde, West of Scotland and Caledonia Universities.

Edinburgh URNU – Edinburgh, Heriot Watt, Queen Margaret and Napier Universities.

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