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Conference 2018

BUCS Physical Activity Excellence Award

Upon the launch of the inaugural BUCS Physical Activity Excellence Award at this years' conference, ten early-adopter universities were successful in attaining the new kite mark.

The purpose of the award is to:

-   Reward institutions who can demonstrate commitment and provision towards tackling inactivity

-   Create a good practice report for sharing across the sector

-   Develop a toolkit for institutions to use to increase physical activity delivery

-   Drive a culture of collaborative working at institutional, local, and national level

-   Evidence the impact of the HE sector across the wider physical activity landscape

-   Increase awareness of the role that the HE sector has on promoting positive lifestyle behaviour

-   Have a recognised award that encompasses work from the Physical Activity & Health board, Social & Recreational Sport steering group and the workforce steering group.

At a time when student health and well-being is at the forefront of Vice Chancellors minds, now more than ever we wanted to create a standard for universities to strive towards. With this in mind, we hope it creates a platform to not only highlight the positive drive towards helping more students and staff become active, but also showcase to senior leaders the positive steps you are taking to increase emotional well-being, retention and a sense of community (as evidenced in the BASS 2017 findings) on your. In turn, this will help evidence how your physical activity initiatives, at this early intervention stage, help towards releasing the burden of other services on campus.
The kite mark award gives institutions the opportunity to be recognised for their efforts towards creating an active campus, where students and staff have the support and opportunities to live an active lifestyle, with a focus on reducing boundaries. 

The award focuses on four main areas of evidencing and showing impact of; Strategy and Planning, Insight & Research, Partnerships & Collaboration and Implementation & Delivery. To assess these BUCS have outsourced the assessment of the award to external provider Leisurenet. 

BUCS are proud to announce that the inaugural winners of the BUCS Physical Activity Excellence Award 2017/18 are:


BUCS Physical Activity Excellence Award - kite mark

Canterbury Christ Church University
Derby University
Keele University
Kings College London
Loughborough University
Manchester Metropolitan University
University of Edinburgh
University of Hertfordshire
University of Bristol
University of Warwick 
“We’re really excited to be launching the BUCS Physical Activity Excellence Award. Not only does it give all universities an opportunity to be recognised for their commitment towards tackling inactivity through the kite mark but, it also gives us chance to showcase the good practice happening within the sector,” says Andy Allford and Lisa Dodd-Mayne, Co-Chairs of the BUCS Physical Activity and Health Board.

To see the Best Practice Report for 2018 please go to the bottom of this page.

The submission date for the 2019 award is 12 noon, Monday 8 April 2019. If you would like to register your interest or have any questions please visit the Guidance 2019 page (on the left hand side of this page) or get in touch with Amber Main, BUCS Development Officer.

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