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Conference Theme: The Best University Sport Experience in the World

The theme of Conference 2018 was 'The Best University Sport Experience in the World'.

The BUCS Conference 2018 theme explored the mission of BUCS’ 2017-21 Strategy – “the best university sport experience in the world.” Through a variety of keynotes, workshops and provocative discussion, the Conference explored how this is currently achieved and delivered across the breadth of programmes within the HE sector and asked the key question – is the HE sector in a position to be able to deliver this in the long term?

The BUCS strategy covers the full sport spectrum, from participation elements such as Physical Activity & Health, Social & Recreational Sport through to Intervarsity Competition and Performance Sport and is supported by additional strands of Professional & Workforce Development, Profile & Influence and Inclusion.  BUCS Conference explored and discussed how we can provide students with a high quality experience at all these levels of participation and engagement. Whilst we may understand how to create a high quality experience, does this deliver against student expectations in an ever changing HE landscape? Do we understand the experience that students want in an age of competing and conflicting opportunities? Are we placing the student at the heart of the best university sport experience in the world?

BUCS Conference 2018 - UWE


BUCS Conference examined the areas that the HE sport sector currently delivers to a world class standard and highlighted how the sector can play to these strengths, whilst evidencing how and why the impact can be profiled. BUCS Conference identified the areas where HE sport can improve, develop and learn – sharing best practice to enhance university sport and physical activity and increase the quality and diversity of the offer for all students.

Key considerations across all levels of delivery at BUCS Conference included:

- What is a high quality experience within university sport and physical activity?

- What is ‘the best’ and how do we know if we achieve it?

- How do we plan and create the best university sport experience in the world for all students at all levels, with varying levels of resource?

- How is this experience delivered across a variety of initiatives and opportunities, from elite athletes down to inactive students?

- Can the university sport experience be measured and what does success look like?

- How do we communicate the impact that sport and physical activity has in enhancing the student experience?

- How do we ensure that the workforce within universities can deliver high quality experiences to students?

For a more detailed overview of the theme of BUCS Conference 2018 please click here or view on the downloads section at the bottom of this page.

For further information regarding BUCS Conference 2018 please contact Matt Holdstock, BUCS Development Manager or Jo Smith, BUCS Senior Sports Manager.

BUCS Conference 2018 - UWE

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