Sport & Exercise

News and events

The latest news and events from Sport & Exercise:

New kit. New look. New Circuit Gym

Pleasance Circuit Gym Refresh Impression
To allow for an exciting makeover, the Circuit Gym will close at 22.00 on Thursday 29 July for approximately 4 weeks.

Elite athletes need elite referees and umpires

Image of Holly Davidson and Sarah Wilson
Elite athletes competing at the very pinnacle of their sport require elite referees and umpires to ensure signals are clear, calls are correct and the rules are followed. This summer, two University of Edinburgh graduates, Hollie Davidson and Sarah Wilson will take charge of fixtures at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Grace Reid, an Olympic Dream

Image of Grace Reid Diving
Applied Sport Science Student Grace Reid will be aiming to build on her performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she reached the final of 3m Springboard event, with the dream of becoming the first Scottish athlete to win a Olympic diving medal.

Lucy Hope - Life in the Fast Lane

Image of Lucy Hope in swimming pool
A superb 2021 has seen University of Edinburgh student Lucy Hope pick up four gold medals at the European Championships and secure a place on Team GB for the Tokyo Olympics.

Rowing at Edinburgh - providing pathways to success

Image of Polly Swann, Lucy Glover and Maddie Arlett
Three members of Edinburgh's stand-out rowing programme have been selected for TeamGB for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. 

Student selected for Team GB at the Tokyo Olympic Games

Seonaid McIntosh
MSc Performance Psychology student, Seonaid Mcintosh, had been selected by the British Olympic Association (BOA) to represent team GB at the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

A summer of sport

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We look ahead to a splendid summer of sport, with students, staff and alumni involved across a number of competitions.

Free swimming lessons for disadvantaged children and young people

Swimming facilities
The Edinburgh University Community Grant Scheme has supported Evolution Swim School CIC to provide free swimming lessons to socially and economically disadvantaged children and young people.

The Peffermill Outdoor Gym – it’s time to PLAE. Train. Perform

Image of the Peffermill Outdoor Gym
University of Edinburgh Sport & Exercise has collaborated with US based company PLAE, to deliver a new outdoor fitness solution to Peffermill Playing Fields in central Edinburgh, the first of its kind in a UK or European Higher Education setting. It’s time to PLAE. Train. Perform.

The University of Edinburgh Dance Performance

UoE Dance Performance 2021
The 36th Annual University of Edinburgh Dance Performance, from our home to yours, in aid of the Mental Health Foundation.

Get active with our annual Big Dig

Avenue of trees
Active Lives are very excited to launch our annual tree planting event in partnership with the Woodland Trust and we need your help!

Success in and on the water for University of Edinburgh Athletes

Polly Swann on the podium
A busy weekend in the pool and on the water saw current and former University of Edinburgh athletes achieve success on a National and International stage.

Shortlisted for a Green Gown Award 2021

The Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives and projects being undertaken by universities and colleges.


March on in March logo
As part of of National University Mental Health Day on 4 March, we're encouraging our community to keep active, keep positive, keep looking forward, to #MarchOnInMarch.

International Women's Day 2021

International Women's Day 21
Students and staff from across the world of sport and exercise at the University of Edinburgh are uniting in support for International Women’s Day. We #ChooseToChallenge.

FREE wellness classes on Thursday 4 March 2021

Person doing yoga at home using laptop
To mark the University's mental health day on Thursday 4 March we are running two 30-minute wellness sessions; an introduction to Yoga and an introduction to Capacitar Tai Chi.