Northumbrian University Royal Naval Unit

Public Sector

The aim of the University Royal Naval Unit (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.

14 URNUs located around the UK offer opportunities to 700 undergraduates from the country’s leading universities in England, Scotland and Wales with no obligation to join the Royal Navy or Royal Naval Reserves upon graduation. As a full member of Northumbrian URNU, you will receive paid training in maritime, leadership, and military skills within HMS CALLIOPE on the banks of Gateshead Quayside and onboard our affiliated P2000 Patrol ship, HMS EXAMPLE.

We hold a weekly Drill Night on a Thursday evening during the academic year with opportunities to conduct sea training some Wednesdays, programmed weekends and on Easter and Summer deployments, visiting many exciting UK and European locations along the way. Read about our student’s latest adventures onboard HMS EXAPLE here:

A bounty of £200 is available to students upon successful completion of 24 days training, to include one 12 day continuous training period onboard HMS EXAMPLE, 16 drill nights and at least one sea training weekend per term. Drill nights are assessed as a ¼ day for pay purposes. Further opportunities exist to attend Adventurous Training, represent the RN in sporting events, and to achieve RYA Day Skipper and CMI Level 5 civilian qualifications, all within a lively social scene.

Application for membership will be considered from 1 Sep 2015. Information about the Unit, the joining process and upcoming ‘Meet and Greet’ events will be advertised at Fresher’s Fairs and on social media.
How to Join
Each Unit is limited to 51 Undergraduates who are eligible to join in any academic year of study. Interested students will have the chance to attend a ‘Meet and Greet’ evening at HMS CALLIOPE where they can ask lots of questions, meet fellow student members and staff before deciding if the Unit is for them. Successful applicants will pass a short interview, medical and basic swim test, after which they will be eligible to receive pay, uniform and allowances for training activities. Other undergraduates who are either ineligible for full membership or who are unable to fulfil the training commitment may join as Associate members but may not receive pay, uniform or any allowances. RN Bursars, Medical Cadets and UCEs, despite their already close links with the RN resulting from their sponsorship, are encouraged to participate in URNU activity so as to prepare them for their future naval training and to allow them to further demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the Service.
Operating Area
Northeast England.
Contact Us
  Correspondence: HMS Calliope, South Shore Road, Gateshead, NE8 2BE
  0191 477 5584