Entry Information

Entry Information 

Entry Dates and Costs


Tuesday 28 November 2023


Tuesday 30 January 2024 at 23:59 – Student Entry Deadline

(Students / Competitors must apply by this deadline)

Thursday 1 February 2024 at 23:59 – IA Selection Deadline

(Institutional Administrators are given 48 hours after the student / competitor deadline to approve entries)


Singles entry        £39.25
Doubles entry     £54.25


This competition operates a staged entry process. Entries received before the Stage 1 entry closing date (Thursday 1 February 2024 at 23:59) will be accepted where the competition allows. After this deadline, Stage 2 entry may open where the competition allows and will have a closing date of Thursday 8 February 2024 at 23:59. Please note stage 2 is not guaranteed to open. Priority will remain with the entries received before the Stage 1 entry closing date.

Entries received after the Stage 1 entry closing date and before the Stage 2 entry closing date that are accepted into the competition, will be charged an additional 20% fee. We will not accept any late entries under any circumstances.

Entry Allowance

Each institution is allowed one guaranteed entry into MS, WS, MD, WD and XD competitions.

Each institution may submit an additional two non-guaranteed entries per competition. Non-guaranteed entries may be accepted for each competition following the entry closing date if the competition allows. Each competition draw is limited to 112 competitors at the start of Round 1 (excluding the top 16 seeded competitors/pairs). The top 16 seeded competitors/pairs will join the competition at Round 4.

When entering doubles pairs, please ensure these are ranked accordingly i.e if two teams are being entered, the first pair of competitors should be ranked as 1, 1 and the second as 2, 2. Please ensure that BOTH competitors enter the event for doubles. 

Consultation and seeding of the additional entries accepted into the competition will be taken with the BUCS Badminton Sport Advisory Group (SAG).

Reserve List

Institutions may submit a list of up to 10 reserve competitors (5 men and 5 women) which may be used should withdrawals occur in advance of the competition starting. Reserve competitors must be entered online via BUCS Play within the ‘Reserve List’ before the entry closing date. There is no cost for submitting competitors to the reserve lists. Institutions are encouraged to fully utilise the submission of a reserve list.

Reserves will only be charged an entry fee if they are accepted into the competition.

Competition Format

All competitions are run using a straight knockout stage.

Specific competition start times for all competitions will be published in the pre-event information.

Seeding and Draw

The seeding of competitors and draw will be made under the supervision of a neutral referee. Institutions should include details of competitors' past performances for the guidance of the referee in making the draw, which will be made according to the international draw system (adapted).

Where possible competitors from the same institution will be placed in different quarters of the draw.

Ranking Points

Competitors who provide a Badminton England Membership Number are able to receive ranking points.

Additional Information Required

When entering individual competitors an institution is required to:

1 - Provide the competitor's Badminton England Membership Number, Badminton Wales Membership Number or Badminton Scotland Membership ID (if available). This will provide access to the competitor’s ranking and grading.

2 – Badminton England grading

3 – Badminton England ranking

4 - Provide the competitor's Badminton World Federation Ranking (if applicable).

5 - Provide the competitor's Badminton World Federation Member ID (if applicable).

6 - Provide additional information regarding previous playing experience and achievements including international or national rankings and honours (if applicable).

Event Partners

BUCS are delighted to announce two supporting partners for Nationals 2024 – New Balance and AmeriCamp. 

As BUCS’ kit provider, New Balance are giving you as BUCS athletes the chance to access a range of bespoke and personalised Nationals kit. To purchase this new range, head to the BUCS Shop!  

AmeriCamp is offering BUCS athletes the summer of a lifetime, providing you with the opportunity to earn a minimum of $2000 working at a summer camp in the USA, using the skills and experiences gained from your sporting background. To find out more and apply, click here!  

All partners are excited to be here supporting you as you take on a thrilling weekend of sport and competition. They'll be offering the opportunity to win some exclusive giveaways and you can find out more about what they have to offer. 


Ashaway are proud to be the official supplier to BUCS Badminton. The official shuttlecock of the Championships is the Ashaway International 500. We look forward to welcoming you to our Ashaway pop-up shop, located on the ground floor between the main foyer and the sports hall, where you’ll find:

•           Racket re-stringing service

•           Exclusive event discounts on rackets and equipment

•           Win prizes and giveaways

•           Enquire about sponsorship for your university

Withdrawals and Changes

Institutions can make changes to their entries through until the entry closing date.

Changes, including withdrawals, after the entry closing date must be made in writing by an athletic union or students’ union and e-mailed to the BUCS Event Coordinator, Harry Spinks.  Please use the format outlined below:


Player out

Player in

Reason for change

e.g. MS or WD



e.g. injury


Withdrawals after the entry closing date will still be charged the entry fee. Withdrawal of a competitor does not guarantee a replacement into the competition. Appropriate replacements due to withdrawals will be selected based on the competitor’s information provided with their entry.

Institutions can only make changes to their entries from competitors listed as guaranteed, non-guaranteed, or on the reserve lists. The reserve lists must be entered via BUCS Play before the entry closing date.

Competitors who do not withdraw, and do not register at the venue, will be classified as a ‘no-show’ and charged the entry fee. An additional £20 fine payable by the competitor’s athletic union or students’ union will be issued.

Volunteer at BUCS Nationals

Applications are now open to volunteer at BUCS Nationals 2024. There are a range of roles on offer, and six sports to get involved in. Role descriptions can be found below.

Athletics Sport Assistant Volunteer

Badminton Sport Assistant Volunteer

Fencing Sport Assistant Volunteer

Karate Sport Assistant Volunteer

Swimming Sport Assistant Volunteer

Photography Volunteer

How to apply:

  1. Register your interest through the form at the bottom of this page by Wednesday 31 January 2024
  2. After the closing date the BUCS office will be in touch with all applicants on how to sign up for shifts.

Any questions, please get in touch with [email protected]