Photo: HMS SMITER at sea
Oxford URNU's mission statement is: "To develop an understanding of the Naval Service in undergraduates, so that those who go into civilian employment are positive advocates thereof and to facilitate a Naval Career for those who chose one."
Oxford is one of 15 URNUs located across the UK offering opportunities to 750 undergraduates from the country’s leading universities.
The URNU aims to broaden understanding of the Royal Navy among university students. It offers students who show leadership potential the chance to develop these skills through maritime experience and exposure to the Royal Navy’s values and ethos.
The URNU is a chance to experience military life without commitment and gain new skills applicable to all walks of life.
The Oxford URNU has first class training facilities at its disposal in order to fulfil its mission:
- Falklands House, our headquarters in Oxford, including classrooms fitted with SMART boards, a gym, a Wardroom (Officer's Mess) and navigational training equipment.
- HMS SMITER, a commissioned P2000 Patrol Ship in the Royal Navy. HMS SMITER's primary mission is to support the Oxford URNU's training activities. The vessel also conducts other Royal Navy tasking which has afforded the opportunity for Unit members to assist with.
- A highly experienced team of regular Royal Navy and Royal Naval Reserve personnel dedicated to training Unit members both at Falklands House and on board HMS SMITER.