Sport & Exercise


Performance Swimming at the University of Edinburgh was established in 2008 and since then has become the leading swim programme in Scotland and one of the leading programmes in the UK.

One of the most highly regarded of its kind in the UK, the University of Edinburgh Performance Sport Programme enables athletes to achieve a world-class degree and perform to the best of their ability.

Information Pack

Further information on studying adn playing sport at Edinburgh, as well as details about our Performance Swimming Programme

Swimming Programme

A world-class city

Edinburgh mixes architectural beauty and history with a lively, fun environment and has regularly been voted as one of the most desirable places to live in the world. As part of our Performance Programme, you will develop your athletic and academic skills in tandem, competing for one of the United Kingdom’s best sporting higher education institutions and studying at a university that is consistently ranked in the top 50 in the world.

  • Over 650 degree programmes
  • Flexible study
  • Ranked 10th in the UK for graduate employability by the Times Higher Education, Global Employability Ranking 2018
  • An international university, with just under half of our students representing 180 nations across the world

Leading the way

The University of Edinburgh Swimming Programme prides itself on developing individuals with potential and a positive attitude into performance athletes. The programme is aimed at serious athletes who compete at a national and international level. In return for your dedication and hard work, we will offer you world-class training facilities and support to allow you to be the best you can be.

  • 3 Full time coaches
  • Full-time Strength & Conditioning support
  • Academic support and flexibility
  • Performance lifestyle support
  • Nutritional advice
  • Physiology support from the University and Scottish Institute of Sport
  • Technical analysis
  • Mental skills training and assistance
  • Access to the world-renowned FASIC Sport & Exercise Medicine Clinic
  • Performance and technique analysis for racing and training

When looking for a university, I wanted somewhere that I could get world-class academics, coaching and facilities. That’s why I chose Edinburgh.

Nick Quinn, Psychology student & 2016 Olympian


International Honours

Our well-established performance swimming programme has helped to produce Olympic, Paralympic, World, European and Commonwealth medal winners. We regularly feature in world class competitions in Scotland, Europe and beyond.

  • Olympic Games: Nick Quinn (2016), Yvette Kong (2016), Geo Butler (2016)
  • Paralympic Games: Craig Rodgie (2012), James Clegg (2012)
  • World Championships Long Course: Monique Olivier (2017, 2019), Nick Quinn (2017), Geo Butler (2015), Yvette Kong (2015), Louise Henley (2009)
  • World Championships Short Course: Monique Olivier (2016), Geo Butler (2014)
  • World University Games: Kathryn Greenslade (2017, 2019), David Cumberlidge (2017, 2019), Jack Thorpe (2017), Lucy Hope (2017), Nick Quinn (2015, 2017), Kathryn Johnstone (2015), Lib White (2015), Calum Tait (2015), Caitlin McClatchey (2013)
  • European Championships Long Course: Lucy Hope (2016, 2018), Kathryn Greenslade (2018), Monique Olivier (2018), Nick Quinn (2014, 2016)
  • European Championships Short Course: Monique Olivier (2019), Kathryn Greenslade (2017)
  • South East Asian Games: Daniel Lim (2017, 2019)
  • Commonwealth Games: Lucy Hope (2018), Euan Ingles (2018), Dan Wallace (2018), Lizzie Simmonds (2018), Jack Thorpe (2014, 2018), Kieran McGuckin (2014, 2018), Corrie Scott (2014, 2018), Calum Tait (2014, 2018), Caitlin McClatchey (2014), Sian Morgan (2014), Andrea Strachan (2014), Richard Schaffers (2014), Craig Rodgie (2014), Kathy Johnstone (2014, 2010), Kerry Buchan (2010), Louise Pate (2010)

Training to be the best

We train up to 10 times a week at the Royal Commonwealth Pool (50m) and at the University pool at St Leonard’s Land (25m). Our cutting-edge Performance Gym also has everything we need to help you develop as a world-class swimmer. We travel to competitions and meets all over the UK and internationally, attending the likes of the British Championships, University Championships, Mare Nostrum series and US Open. Swimmers Nick Quinn (Ireland), Yvette Kong (Hong Kong) and Geoff Butler (Cayman Islands) all swam for their countries at the 2016 Rio Olympics too.

I’d encourage any student interested in sport to come to Edinburgh. The gym is amazing, probably one of the best university gyms in the world.

Corrie Scott, MChem (Hons) Chemistry Graduate, 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist

We utilise a combination of both long course and short course training facilities, with access to Edinburgh's city centre 50m Royal Commonwealth Pool as well as our University owned, state of the art 25m pool at St Leonard’s Land. St Leonard's is also the home and research facility for the University's Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences (ISPEHS). All squads have access to technical analysis and benefit from up to 20 hours of pool time each week.

Strength and Conditioning and other land sessions take place in the bespoke Performance Gym based at the Pleasance Sports Complex and Gym. The Pleasance boasts a number of other cross-training opportunities including spinning and climbing.

FASIC is our world-leading Sport and Exercise medicine clinic and provides sports medicine support for the team in conjunction with Sport Scotland Institute of Sport.

Our events calendar and training camp opportunities vary year on year.

Ready to take the plunge?

We are always looking for ambitious, academic athletes to realise their potential with us. Below you will find information on Sport & Exercise, funding, scholarships and our Elite Athlete Policy;

Sport & Exercise

Student Funding 




Further information on this team’s performance coaches