Department of Sport

Performance Sport

Disability Sports Scholarships at The University of Nottingham

At the University we have an established tradition of supporting and working with elite athletes who choose to study at Nottingham.

As well as maintaining good working relationships with national governing bodies, we also offer sports scholarships to support elite athletes and help them to balance their academic and sporting lives.

You can find out more about the support that the University offers to its elite athletes below.


Disability Sport Scholarships

This year the University has launched an exciting new Disability Sport Scholarship scheme to elite sportsmen and women looking to study and train at Nottingham.

We offer three different levels of sport scholarships:

  1. Sports Scholars
  2. Elite Performance Athletes
  3. Elite Development Athletes

Each scholarship level offers disabled athletes a complete package of support, which includes not only training and sports physiotherapy, but also financial, study and lifestyle support.

To apply for the scholarship you will need to complete the Disability Sport Scholarship application form, and then return it to us by post or email using these contact details:

Disability Sport Officer
Department of Sport
The University of Nottingham
University Park
NG7 2RD 

Disability Sport Scholars 2016-17

This year we have awarded scholarships to four talented disabled student athletes.

Stuart Wood

Stuart is a first year computer science postgraduate. On British Canoeing's Podium Potential programme for Tokyo 2020 in para-canoeing. He is currently ranked number 4 in Great Britain in the Men's K1 200m KL3.

Muninder Singh Hayer

Muninder is a third year Computer Science undergraduate. World record holder and internationally ranked F31 Club thrower and European race running Champion.


Joshua Mead

Josh is a third year Music student, and an England physically disabled cricketer. An all rounder, Josh competed in Bangladesh in 2015 and has also recently returned from tour in Dubai.

Nathan Heasman

First year student Nathan, is currently ranked number one in GB for disability trampolining (category 2). He won the national championships in 2016 and is an active member of the University club.


To find out more about our scholarship scheme, you can visit the Sports Scholarship pages or contact the Disability Sport Officer at:

:  +44 (0) 115 846 8121  

Thomas Green Video

Thomas Green is an elite disabled athlete who was a sports scholar at the University from 2009-2013.

An F32 club thrower, he combined training, international competitions and his studies with sporting successful.

In this video Thomas talks about his experiences at Nottingham, particularly around the support he received from his academic department, and the Sports Development, Disability and Academic Support teams.

If you'd like to find out more from Thomas directly you can tweet him at @tjg_clubber



There is the opportunity for disabled students to compete in some of the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions this year. If you are already at a good standard or show some potential in one of the following sports, you could compete for the University with some of the respective clubs:

  • Athletics
  • Swimming
  • Archery
  • Indoor Rowing

BUCS do have plans to incorporate the following sports in their competition programme in the coming years:

  • Wheelchair Basketball
  • Football (pan disability)
  • Deaf Netball

We will do our best to support you if you would like to compete in any of these sports for the University. Please contact the Disability Sport Officer for further information.

You can also find out more about BUCS’ plans for developing disability sport within higher education HERE.


The University currently runs a goalball club called the Nottinghamshire Sheriffs in partnership with My Sight Nottinghamshire.

We have strong links in with Goalball UK and this year we will be entering teams in the novices, intermediate and elite national leagues.

The club trains three times a month at the University sports facilities and welcomes any new members.

To find out more please visit the club's website pages.

University of Nottingham Sport

David Ross Sports Village
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 87000