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Rowing is one of the largest sports within BUCS and includes a variety of events over the whole academic calendar. The BUCS rowing event calendar starts with the Small Boats Head in November, followed by the Indoor Rowing Championships (run in conjunction with British Rowing's University Indoor Rowing Series). Our 4s and 8s Head is traditionally held in February, with BUCS Regatta (Europe's largest!) taking place over the May Bank Holiday.

Key dates for the 2015-16 academic year

BUCS Indoor Rowing Championships (various venues)
Saturday 31st October to Sunday 22nd November

BUCS Small Boats Head (Boston RC, Lincolnshire)
Sunday 1st November

BUCS 4s and 8s Head (venue to be confirmed)
Saturday 20th to Sunday 21st February

BUCS Regatta (National Water Sports Centre, Nottinghamshire)
Saturday 30th April to Monday 2nd May


International competition

Rowing is part of the international programme at BUCS and is competed at both the FISU World University Championships and EUSA European University Championships.

British university teams have a successful history in international competition. GBR topped the medal table at the 2014 World University Rowing Championships in Gravelines (France) winning eight medals. Further medals have been won by GBR at the 2012 World University Rowing Championships in Kazan (Russia).

British universities may also compete internationally at EUSA European Universities Championships against the best universities in Europe. Most recently BUCS institutions brought home 12 medals (six gold, five silver, one bronze) at the 2015 EUSA Championships in Hannover (Germany). Teams are selected based on their performances at BUCS Regatta.


Strategy and development

The Rowing Sport Advisory Group provide technical and sport specific support to the BUCS Office.

To view the membership of the group please click here

To view the BUCS Rowing Strategy please click here  

The BUCS Sport Development Team works in partnership with The Home Nation Sport Councils and with key Rowing partners and stakeholders in the HE sector. The aim is to provide students and members with development support and access to coaching, workforce and volunteering opportunities, participation programmes, NGB interventions and offers, disability sport initiatives plus funding and bursary opportunities. Information on current interventions and opportunities can be found under the 'Get Involved' tab to the left hand side of this page.

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