News

Student sports stars win national podium place

Edinburgh has achieved a top three place in the British student sport rankings for the fourth successive year.

Image of Sports Union President Paul Duffy, Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Mathieson, and Director of Sport Jim Aitken MBE
Sports Union President Paul Duffy, Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Mathieson, and Director of Sport Jim Aitken MBE

Athletes competing across a range of sports accrued Edinburgh’s record points tally in the latest table, produced by the UK’s governing body for university sport.

National rankings

The rankings, compiled by British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS), take into account individual and team performances in more than 50 disciplines. All 170 of BUCS’ member institutions took part.

The University’s Director of Sport and Exercise, Jim Aitken, described the outcome as a magnificent achievement that highlighted the strength and depth of Edinburgh’s sporting talent.

University league

BUCS organises a busy league programme involving 5800 teams in more than 120 championship events every year. 

Universities usually compete against each other every week, leading to a range of high-profile, year-end events at iconic venues throughout the UK.

Points are awarded for how well each University does in the various sporting competitions from premium Championship level to local regional leagues. 

At the end of each year BUCS produces a league table to illustrate each University’s accumulated points across all their sporting involvements.

Edinburgh has also been awarded the BUCS Physical Activity Excellence Award for 2017-18 for its outstanding contribution toward encouraging physical activity in the higher education sector.

I am thrilled that our students have attained another podium place in the BUCS rankings. It is a measure of the important part that sport and physical activity plays in enhancing the life of the University.

Professor Peter MathiesonPrincipal and Vice-Chancellor

We are committed to providing the best possible opportunities for our students. This is reflected in our growing participation numbers, wonderful customer satisfaction ratings and ambitious development plans.

Jim AitkenDirector of Sport and Exercise

Related links

Sport and Exercise