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BUCS Active Phase 2 Funded Projects Announced 20/12/2018

18 universities have been successful in receiving BUCS Active funding linked to projects tackling inactive female students and using physical activity to tackle mental health issues. Collectively these universities will be receiving £160,000 to support activity aimed at targeting over 5,400 new student participants.

This opportunity has been made available through the funding BUCS received from Sport England. BUCS were overwhelmed with the response from members with 53 Expressions of interests received from 49 institutions across England, combining in a request over £480,000 to reach over 16,000 students across the two interventions.

The successful universities who will be receiving BUCS Active funding is as follows:

Tackling inactivity in female students: University of Bath, University of Derby, University of Leicester and University of Sheffield.


Using physical activity to tackle mental health issues: Edge Hill University, Falmouth & Exeter Students’ Union, Leeds Beckett, London School of Economics, Newcastle University, Nottingham Trent University, Northumbria University, University of East Anglia, University of Leeds, University of Nottingham, University of Suffolk SU and University of Warwick


Both: Canterbury Christ Church University and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Cassell Bailey, Sport England commented: “Sport England are delighted to continue our partnership with BUCS and the HE Sector through to phase 2 of BUCS Active. The projects will make a valuable contribution to Sport England’s vision of a more active nation for everyone. The 20 projects will support our ambition to work and think differently to address the barriers to being more active and contribute to the Government outcomes for sport; physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing, individual development, social and community development, and economic development”.

Vince Mayne, CEO at BUCS commented: “The work that has been achieved thanks to the funding supplied by Sport England has been invaluable in reducing the barriers that many individuals face in becoming more active. Having secured Sport England funding for a second year, BUCS look forward to continuing the developments made towards increasing the number of individuals physically active through the work of BUCS Active.”


All projects will be delivered by universities from the start of February through to June 2018.


Over the next six months BUCS will be working closely with the 18 universities as they deliver their projects with the aim of sharing key challenges and successes with the sector, to help other universities that may be looking to target a similar demographic of students.


Note: We hope to release the learning report from last years funded projects in early February 2019. 

The projects will also deliver against the mission statements set out in the Inclusion and Physical Activity & Health strands of the BUCS strategy - to make inclusion and accessibility the norm and enable the HE community to become more active more often.


To see the Summary of Successful Projects Phase 2 please click here.


For further information please contact Amy Seaman, BUCS Development Manager

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