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Oxford URNU members attend RN Fleet Robotics Officer Lecture at Oxford University

24 October 2017
Oxford University was pleased to welcome Commander Peter Pipkin, Fleet Robotics Officer, Royal Navy for discussions with both researchers and students regarding the development of autonomous and robotic systems.

The discussions also included how they might be used to better understand the environment in which the Royal Navy operates. In attendance were members of the Physics, Engineering and Earth Sciences Departments.

The discussions proved to be very productive, hopefully leading to future collaborations in what is a fast-changing and dynamic field. A public talk in the evening was also well-attended, including Officer Cadets from the Oxford URNU.

OCdt Ben Fernando, Oxford URNU said "The discussion and lecture was hugely interesting and for students was great exposure to the research the RN undertakes".

The discussion and lecture was hugely interesting and for students was great exposure to the research the RN undertakes

OCdt Ben Fernando

Lieutenant Will Jones RN, Commanding Officer of the Oxford URNU, said "The visit was a great way of bringing students into the fold and growing their interest over time which is particularly important for URNU attendees who have the potential to join the WE Branch in the future".

Oxford is one of 15 URNUs located across the UK offering opportunities to 750 undergraduates from the country’s leading universities.

The URNU's mission 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 choose one."

The URNU is a chance to experience military life without commitment and gain new skills applicable to all walks of life.

Words by: OCdt Ben Fernando. 

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