About Us : Bristol University Royal Naval Unit

About Us

Bristol University Royal Naval Unit (URNU) is one of 14 URNU’s spread throughout England, Scotland and Wales.  We  are a training establishment that trains a range of undergraduates from universities in the Bristol area in leadership, seamanship and navigation, without any call-up liability or obligation to join the Royal Navy.

The aim of the URNU organisation is to educate a wide spectrum of high calibre undergraduates, who show potential as society’s future leaders and opinion formers, in the role and need for the Royal Navy.

The Unit comprises a shore based facility in Bristol and its own ship, HMS Dasher, based at HMNB Devonport, Plymouth.  Members of the Unit participate in a variety of training and social activities, the focus of which is training at sea aboard HMS Dasher.  Opportunities exist to gain Royal Yachting Association theory and practical seamanship qualifications, as well as a Chartered Management Institute Level 5 Award in Management and Leadership

The Officer-in-Charge of the Unit is a full time Royal Navy officer.  He is assisted by the Unit Coxswain, a Royal Navy Chief Petty Officer, a part time civilian secretary, and by the Unit First Lieutenant as well as a number of Training Officers, who are all Royal Naval Reserve officers.  The Unit has an established strength of 51 undergraduate members who hold the rank of Officer Cadet or Midshipman in the Royal Naval Reserve.

The Unit has a strong team ethos, with a work hard, play hard attitude that helps to make members’ time with the Unit some of the best of their university lives.  Students leave the URNU equipped with the skills and confidence that give them a leading edge in whatever path they choose to follow.

Whilst the URNU is not a recruiting organisation for the Royal Navy, time spent with us has inspired several of our past members to pursue careers as Royal Navy officers.