Department of Sport

Para Sport


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: Simran Kaur, UoN Para Sport Scholar, 2021 - present.


Disability Sport Scholarships

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

We offer three different levels of sport scholarships:

  1. Gold
  2. Silver
  3. Bronze

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 2022-23

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

Owen Say

Owen is a third year Archaeology and Geography student. He has won titles in BUCS Para-Swimming and is progressing up the national rankings. As well as training with the county swimming squad - Nova Centurion - Owen is also the men's captain on the University Swimming squad. 

Simran Kaur

Simran is a second year Chemistry students and a para athletics scholar. Last year she won gold and silver medals in 100m at the BUCS Indoor and Outdoor athletics championships. She is hoping to make her mark on the track again in 2022-23.



Robert Donald

Rob is a first year Computer Science undergraduate at the University. He has been based in Nottingham for 2 years, training with the University squad and captaining the BUCS 3rd team. Rob has high ambitions around progressing his para-badminton career and is also looking forward to competing in the BUCS Inclusive Badminton competition in 2023. 



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

:  +44 (0) 7977664607

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:

  • Wheelchair Basketball
  • Athletics
  • Swimming
  • Archery
  • Indoor Rowing
  • Para-cycling
  • Para-Powerlifting
  • Wheelchair Tennis
  • Inclusive Badminton

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