At Edinburgh, we are committed to ensuring a clean sport environment for all athletes.
Our Clean Sport Commitment
Sport is a central part of life at the University of Edinburgh. We provide opportunities for elite athletes, health and wellbeing, club level and inclusive sport as well as academic programmes, teaching and research across several sport and exercise disciplines within Moray House School of Education.
The University of Edinburgh adopts the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) position that cheating, including doping, is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport and undermines the otherwise positive impact that sport has on society. All sporting participants have the right to compete in Clean Sport.
To this end, University of Edinburgh commits to support Clean Sport in the UK in the following ways:
- The University of Edinburgh supports the mission of UK Anti-Doping and WADA in achieving Clean Sport.
- All athletes are expected to play, train and compete in line with the spirit of sport, including the Anti-Doping rules.
- All coaches and athlete support personnel are expected to perform their role in line with the spirit of sport, including the Anti-Doping rules.
- The University of Edinburgh is committed to supporting the prevention of doping behaviour in collaboration with other UK sporting bodies.
- Employed and associated ‘staff’ will not condone, assist or in any way support the use of prohibited substances and methods (unless permitted by a Therapeutic Use Exemption) in any aspects of their work.
- Breaches of the above points, or any rules/policies referred to in University of Edinburgh’s own code of practice/conduct will be acted upon accordingly.
- All employed and associated staff will be expected to contact UK Anti-Doping should they become aware of an athlete or NGB member using or considering the usage of a prohibited substance or prohibited method. This contact should be done in confidence on the dedicated confidential Report Doping in Sport line.
- The University of Edinburgh will uphold any sanctions placed upon an athlete by UK Anti-Doping or other associated body in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code.
- The University of Edinburgh supports UK Anti-Doping to undertake any public interest testing where required and commits to sharing any relevant university research or data with UK Anti-Doping within current GDPR regulations.
- The University of Edinburgh commits to disseminating any research from UK Anti-Doping that is, or may be, relevant to selected groups of students and staff within the University.
Clean Sport Policy
1. Athlete Education
2. Coach Education
3. Nutritional Support
The University of Edinburgh Performance Sport Department is committed to the ongoing review of the Performance Sport Clean Sport Policy to ensure compliance with any future alterations and changes to anti-doping regulations and minimum educational standards.
The University of Edinburgh Performance Sport Department will be leaders in advocating anti-doping education and compliance across the wider sporting community at the University of Edinburgh. We commit to working with our colleagues and partners from the Edinburgh University Sports Union, Pleasance Sport Complex and Gym, Peffermill Playing Fields and Easter Bush Gym to promote a clean sport university and maintain our UKAD Accredited Institution status.
Reviewed: December 2022
UKAD is the national body responsible for creating a UK-wide environment of confidence in clean sport. We adopt their stance and support their work, fighting for a fair platform for sport, at all levels.
The University is one of 15 institutions awarded Founding Partner status of UKAD’s Clean Sport Higher Education Partnership due to their engagement with the previous accreditation scheme, or through their on-going involvement and commitment to actively promoting clean sport.
The Partnership, launched by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), is free to join and utilises a regional structure to collaborate, challenge and share best practice among institutions within the UK. The aim of the Partnership is to support the Higher Education sector to further develop the culture of clean sport.
Find out more about UKAD and information on reporting doping intelligence through their website: