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Slam dunk for NTU Sport – double award win and top 10 ranking

NTU Sport has achieved two awards and secured 8th place in the BUCS championship 2022-23, cementing NTU as a top 10 university for sport.

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NTU - Top 10 university for sport

NTU Sport has secured 8th place in the British Universities & Colleges Sports (BUCS) Championship 2022-23, cementing NTU as a top 10 university for sport for the second consecutive year.

NTU also won two awards at the BUCS Award ceremony - recognised for its ‘changing perceptions’ initiative in the Diversity & Inclusion Award category, reflecting its ongoing commitment to promoting diversity within its sports programmes.

NTU was also awarded the Participation Programme of the Year Award for its ‘play for fun’ programme which eliminates barriers to physical activity for students by offering 60-minute sessions across a diverse range of sports, from archery to swimming.

Other sporting highlights from the year include:

Teams – league and knockout

  • The Men’s Lacrosse team won the National Championship for the first time since 2018, beating local rivals University of Nottingham. Men’s Futsal and Men’s Table Tennis also reached their Championship finals, the highest level of university competition.
  • The Women’s Rugby Union, Women’s Football and Women’s Hockey teams all won their respective Trophy and Vase competitions.
  • The Men’s Dodgeball team won the league in Tier One, won its Trophy competition, and got promoted to the National League. The Golf team also won its league in Tier One (having only been promoted last season), then went on to win the playoff competition and were promoted once again, now to Premier South.
  • Four out of the five teams who were promoted to the Premier League last season maintained their places – Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Women’s Lacrosse, and Netball
  • Overall, NTU has had 13 teams promoted this season and 17 league winners.

Individual events 

  • Emily Lewis won five gold medals at BUCS Canoe Sprint, alongside Lucy Lee-Smith in the two-person events. Overall, the Canoe club came home with six golds (Benji Cabrera picking up the 6th Gold medal), 2 silvers and 3 bronze from this event. Kerry Christie also had a fantastic season in Canoe, picking up Gold in the WWR K1 Classic, amongst silver and bronze medals in other events.
  • Connor Stuart picked up a Gold medal in the para-swimming Men’s 100m Backstroke at BUCS Shortcourse Swimming Championships.
  • Joseph Agbodza won the Men’s 60m Hurdles at the BUCS Indoor Athletics Championships.
  • Elodie Gage and Eve McInerney won Gold in the Women’s Team Sprint at the BUCS Cycling Track Championships
  • Jamie Jonathan Foord won gold in the 105kg weight category at BUCS Powerlifting Championships.

Chris Campbell, Head of Performance Sport at NTU, said:

"I am tremendously proud of the work that our colleagues and students have put in place to ensure our ranking has improved for the 6th consecutive season. Following several Premier League promotions, we have done a fantastic job of making an impact in those divisions, including in Netball and Women’s Lacrosse. The return from our individual athletes is the best it has ever been, leading to us also ranking 8th in the medals table. 

The competition is becoming even greater, but to be able to look at the league table and see some of the great names of university sport we’re now sitting above is hugely satisfying. However, we can’t and won’t rest going into next season, as we look to ensure we give our student-athletes the very best chance of adding to their success.”

BUCS is the governing body for university sport across the United Kingdom. It takes many forms, from weekly fixtures to knockout tournaments and events.

Every BUCS fixture generates points for universities which culminates in an overall BUCS league table at the end of every academic year.

Congratulations to all the teams involved and bring on the next season!

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    Nottingham Trent University (NTU) received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2021 for cultural heritage science research. It is the second time that NTU has been bestowed the honour of receiving a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its research, the first being in 2015 for leading-edge research on the safety and security of global citizens.

    The Research Excellence Framework (2021) classed 83% of NTU’s research activity as either world-leading or internationally excellent. 86% of NTU’s research impact was assessed to be either world-leading or internationally excellent.

    NTU was awarded The Times and The Sunday Times Modern University of the Year 2023 and ranked University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023. It was awarded Outstanding Support for Students 2020 (Times Higher Education Awards), University of the Year 2019 (Guardian University Awards, UK Social Mobility Awards), Modern University of the Year 2018 (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide) and University of the Year 2017 (Times Higher Education Awards).

    NTU is the 5th largest UK institution by student numbers, with approximately 40,000 students and more than 4,400 staff located across five campuses. It has an international student population of 7,000 and an NTU community representing over 160 countries.

    Since 2000, NTU has invested £570 million in tools, technology, buildings and facilities.

    NTU is in the UK’s top 10 for number of applications and ranked first for accepted offers (2021 UCAS UG acceptance data). It is also among the UK’s top five recruiters of students from disadvantaged backgrounds and was the first UK university to sign the Social Mobility Pledge.

    NTU is ranked 2nd most sustainable university in the world in the 2022 UI Green Metric University World Rankings (out of more than 900 participating universities).

Published on 10 August 2023
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