Department of Sport

Performance Sport

Timothy Jeffery

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.

Pictured: 2017-18 Para-scholar, Tim Jeffery


Disability Sport Scholarships

This year the University has a Disability Sport Scholarship scheme for elite sportsmen and women looking to study and train at Nottingham.

We offer four different levels of sport scholarships:

  1. Gold
  2. Silver
  3. Bronze
  4. Foundation

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. You can find out more about these scholarships here...

To apply for the scholarship you will need to complete the Scholarship application form online.

Disability Sport Scholars 2018-19

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

Oludaisi Adefisan

Oludaisi is a first year Foundation student, who is currently on the British Para-Swimming Podium Potential Programme. Classified as an S9 swimmer, Oludaisi competes in sprint events, including 50m and 100m freestyle. His ambition is to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Sean O'Sullivan

Sean is a third year Maths undergraduate, who has been competing internationally on the para-badminton circuit for over three years. He is also a regular member of the University's BUCS 3rds and 4ths team. Sean's ambition is to qualify for Tokyo 2020 with the Irish parabadminton team.


Joe Strong

Joe is a first year Geography student and is currently on the England Talent Programme for para-athletics. A T35 100m and 200m sprinter, Joe claimed the national junior titles in 2018 and is excited to make his mark on the BUCS competitions this year.



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 para-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.




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.

University of Nottingham Sport

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

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 87000