UoN is named Sports University of the Year

Friday, 18 September 2020
The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 has named the University of Nottingham the best university in the UK for sports.

2021 marks the second time in three years that we have been crowned top sports university in these prestigious awards.

UoN has consistently ranked in the top 10 of the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) league tables since its introduction over 40 years ago. More than 20 University teams play in the top division of their sport and several students were tipped for individual gold this season before coronavirus hit. The Times and The Sunday Times judges said Nottingham’s performance this season was a key factor in the award.

After finishing second place last season, we were on track to win this year’s BUCS league, achieving our strongest ever individual medal haul, with 27 gold, 22 silver and 19 bronze medals secured before lockdown. 34 teams won their leagues and 14 qualified for finals.

University of Nottingham alumna Dr Deng Yaping meeting aspiring sports stars of the future who are benefiting from a scholarship established in her name

While we can count Olympic, World and Commonwealth champions among our alumni – including Chinese Athlete of the year and four times Olympic table tennis gold medalist Dr Deng Yaping, and gold-winning canoeists Dr Tim Brabants MBE and Etienne Stott MBE - our athletes also support grassroots sport. One of the University’s Leadership Academy programmes is a project working with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Before coronavirus hit, more than 200 student volunteers delivered 1,901 hours of educational workshops to almost 2,000 local schoolchildren in deprived local areas. Find out how to get involved.

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