New location for University Royal Navy Unit

The Cambridge and Suffolk University Royal Navy Unit (URNU) has opened its doors to Officer Cadets at a new location within the city’s Army Reserve Centre (ARC).

Cambridge URNU was set-up in 1994 and is one of 15 around the UK offering students from the country’s leading universities a range of opportunities to broaden their understanding and experience of the Royal Navy.

Previously the Cambridge URNU was located close to the city centre and the university itself, but the move allows the unit to make use of the improved facilities at the ARC.

Commander Ian Lynn OBE, Commander Universities, said:  “With lake access, an obstacle course, a gym, a shooting range and upgraded unit facilities, all within a single secure location, the Cambridge and Suffolk Universities Royal Navy Unit is perfectly located.

The significant increase in training opportunities available at the new site to the students of the URNU will allow a springboard for greater success, a more diverse programme and wider community engagement.

Commander Ian Lynn RN

“The significant increase in training opportunities available at the new site to the students of the URNU will allow a springboard for greater success, a more diverse programme and wider community engagement.”

The Cambridge and Suffolk URNU draws its members from Cambridge University, the University of East Anglia, Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Suffolk. 

URNU members wear uniform and are classed as honorary Royal Naval Reserves Officers.   Whilst they gain a breadth of Naval experience, their attendance at the URNU also offers the opportunity to gain CMI qualifications in leadership and management or progression through the official RYA syllabus.

Midshipman Patrick Tolan said: “Cambridge URNU has formed a massive part of my extra-curricular life; providing me with the knowledge and skills to feel safe at sea and the chance to go abroad on adventurous training. 

“In moving to the ARC, not only have we gained amazing new facilities, but we have also gained a new and positive identity.”

A number of local dignitaries were in attendance for the formal opening of the new site, including the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, Mr Neil McKittrick, and the Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor Jan Parry. 

Cambridge URNU looks to continue marking its 25th anniversary year with strong local support and growing awareness throughout East Anglia.  Following a fresh round of recruiting in September and October, the unit is due to hold a 25th anniversary event at Jesus College in November.