We are delighted to announce that seven new institutions have been awarded the Physical Activity Excellence Award.

The BUCS Physical Activity Excellence Award was created by BUCS and the Physical Activity and Health Board in 2017. The ambition was to produce a sector standard for higher education institutions to achieve, that demonstrates good practice in increasing physical activity engagement across its population. 

The award is assessed across four pillars:  

  • Strategy and planning  

  • Insight and research  

  • Partnerships and collaboration  

  • Implementation and delivery  

We are really pleased to announce that all seven of the applications successfully evidenced and demonstrated their ability to successfully deliver across all four pillars. The seven new members now join the current 10 award holders as universities that are excelling in physical activity provision. The award holders are now also eligible to apply for the esteemed ukactive Physical Activity Excellence Award early next year.  

We would like to congratulate the following successful institutions:  

  • Northumbria University 

  • Nottingham Trent University 

  • University of Birmingham 

  • University of Derby 

  • University of East London 

  • University of Manchester 

  • University of Nottingham 

They join the following current award holders:  

  • Canterbury Christ Church University  

  • Imperial College London  

  • King’s College London  

  • Loughborough University  

  • Manchester Metropolitan University  

  • University of Bristol  

  • University of Edinburgh  

  • University of Portsmouth  

  • University of Southampton  

  • University of Surrey  

James Kilden, Director of Sport at the University of East London commented: “This award is an example of all the work we’ve been doing to make sure that the University of East London is supporting its diverse community. The team are constantly opening doors and breaking down barriers to make sure that participation is truly inclusive.” 

Kate Nelson, Sport Development Officer at the University of Derby added: “We’re immensely proud to win the award this year. It’s testament to the efforts of the sport and physical activity team, the student union, our student led clubs, facility operators and academics. Everyone coming together as a collective has made the difference across the University of Derby.”

If you would like further information about the award moving forward, please contact Active Wellbeing Manager Sean Harris.

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