I hope that these awards can shine a light on the incredible efforts by both staff and students to engage and support their community and the overall higher education sport sector during a challenging year. I look forward to reading the nominations and reflecting on just how well the sector has gone above and beyond to provide opportunities, build a positive culture, and make sure sport and physical activity remains at the very heart of the university experience.  

Because that’s just it – university sport isn’t just about competing and winning medals. It's about all the experiences off the pitch too – the inclusivity, the socials, the fundraising, the friendships, the memories – that's what needs to be celebrated. And in a year where very little sport took place, what better time to recognise this. Welcome to the 2021 BUCS Awards. 

 

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Vince Mayne
BUCS Chief Executive Officer

Special Recognition Award

This award recognises an individual’s commitment to their club or sports department over their time at university, be it as a player, as a committee member or a volunteer. It is awarded to final year students who have shown an outstanding contribution either through performance or participation. Click here to view the full criteria.

Nominees

Congratulations to all of the nominees and good luck.
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Club Charity Initiative

Celebrating a charity initiative undertaken by a single student-led sports club, recognising their effort in raising money, raising awareness, and the creativity of the project. Click here to view the full criteria.

Nominees

University of Glasgow Basketball Club

Edinburgh University History Boys RFC

University of Nottingham Football Club

Durham University Amateur Boxing Club

Congratulations to all of the nominees and good luck.
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Institution Charity Initiative

Celebrating a charity initiative or campaign undertaken by a university sports department, potentially spanning multiple clubs. Institutions are encouraged to nominate based on either money raised, awareness raised, or creativity of initiative. Click here to view the full criteria.

Nominees

University of Hull Lymphoma Action

Canterbury Christ Church University BRIT Challenge

University of Leicester Exercising Outdoors Safely

Congratulations to all of the nominees and good luck.
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Digital Engagement Award

This award recognises a sports department or institution that have been creative in their digital engagement; whether that be a digital event, running virtual challenges, or other innovative ways they've supported students and staff digitally. It celebrates the improvement of awareness, engagement or participants using digital marketing. Click here to view the full criteria.

Nominees

Loughborough University

King’s College London

University of Nottingham

University College London

Congratulations to all of the nominees and good luck.
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Inspirational Committee Award

Celebrating an individual club committee who have gone above and beyond to engage and support their club members, as well as making sure new members feel welcomed and part of the community. Click here to view the full criteria.

Nominees

University of East Anglia's Women's Rugby

University of Manchester Basketball Committee

University of Nottingham Women’s Rugby Club

Congratulations to all of the nominees and good luck.
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Inspirational Coach Award

This award recognises the outstanding contribution of a coach who has ensured that players’ mental and physical health remained a priority over the last year. It recognises everyone who has a coaching role; whether they be students, volunteers or paid coaching staff. Click here to view the full criteria.

Nominees

Luke Gunn, University of Birmingham

Mike Hughes, University of Edinburgh

Louise Hopkin, Nottingham Trent University

Congratulations to all of the nominees and good luck.
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Unsung Hero

Celebrates a member of staff at a BUCS member institution who has worked tirelessly to support student sport at any level. Click here to view the full criteria.

Nominees

Ali Burkett, University of Chester

Steve Harris, University of Birmingham

Alex Burnett, University of Gloucestershire

Congratulations to all of the nominees and good luck.
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COVID Student Hero

Awarded to a student who either in a professional or voluntary capacity, has been working on the front line during the pandemic, combining playing sport with saving the country. Click here to view the full criteria.

Nominees

Angus Bradley, University of Nottingham

Olivia Neale, University of East Anglia

Elizabeth Sanders, University of Exeter

Congratulations to all of the nominees and good luck.
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COVID Alumni Hero

Awarded to an alumnus, who previously played in BUCS whilst at university, who has been a key worker during the pandemic, either in a professional or voluntary capacity. Click here to view the full criteria.

Nominees

Dr Polly Swann, University of Edinburgh

Elizabeth Tallett (nee Symons), University of Nottingham

Rachel Millar, University of East Anglia

Benjamin Horner, University of Liverpool

Congratulations to all of the nominees and good luck.
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Diversity and Inclusion Award

This award celebrates a BUCS member institution or individual club that has run a successful campaign that highlights their activities, programmes and opportunities are inclusive and accessible to all students. Click here to view the full criteria.

Nominees

TeamWORC United, University of Worcester

Table Tennis Club, University of Nottingham

Pride in UEA Sport, University of East Anglia

InclusActivity, Liverpool John Moores University

Congratulations to all of the nominees and good luck.
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AD Munrow Award

Celebrates a remarkable individual who has made a significant contribution to BUCS and/or university sport and has been instrumental in supporting, growing and developing university sport and physical activity over a sustained period. Click here to view the full criteria.

Nominees

Congratulations to all of the nominees and good luck.
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Dan Porter Award

This award celebrates an individual or group who have faced and overcome adversity or disadvantage to positively impact others within university sport and physical activity. The individual or group will have demonstrated a remarkable sense of character to achieve, motivate and inspire. Click here to view the full criteria.

Nominees

Oscar Ukwizagira, University of Edinburgh – Karate

Lee Dove, University of Sussex – Basketball

Chloe Simper, University of East Anglia - Triathlon

Congratulations to all of the nominees and good luck.
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Sportsman of the Year

Celebrates the domestic or international success of a student studying at a BUCS member institution. The award recognises the highest possible standard of competition achieved by an eligible male identifying student. Click here to view the full criteria.

Nominees

Barnaby Halliwell, Durham University - Fencing

Jake Smith, Cardiff Metropolitan University - Athletics

Johnnie Torjussen, University of Nottingham - Badminton

Congratulations to all of the nominees and good luck.
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Sportswoman of the Year

Celebrates the domestic or international success of a student studying at a BUCS member institution. The award recognises the highest possible standard of competition achieved by an eligible female identifying student. Click here to view the full criteria.

Nominees

Bryony Pitman, Brunel University - Archery

Savannah Marshall, Teesside University – Boxing

Fiona Crackles, Durham University - Hockey

Cassie Wild, University of Stirling - Swimming

Congratulations to all of the nominees and good luck.
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