Some of the 2017-18 sporting scholars at the University of Bath

The University of Bath was the first UK university to offer sports scholarships and today 36 student athletes who have displayed potential for success both academically and athletically are currently benefiting from our scholarships – including 15 new scholarships awarded during the 2018-19 academic year.

Our scholarships give talented young people the opportunity to benefit from Bath’s world-leading sporting and academic environment.

Scholarships are available to student athletes who have the potential to contribute to the University of Bath’s BUCS points.

Some of the country’s top athletes have benefited from our scholarships, including London 2012 Olympic silver medallists Michael Jamieson (swimming) and Samantha Murray (modern pentathlon) plus PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic bronze-medallist Dom Parsons (skeleton). Rio 2016 Olympian Joe Choong, who combined studying Mathematics with competing at international level for Pentathlon GB, explains how a scholarship has helped his career in this video:

Scholarships available

The University currently offers several different sport scholarship types for which students can apply (given that they meet the necessary requirements). These are:

Scholarship No. available Funding offered Eligibility
Bill Whiteley One £5,000 p/a (up to five years) Click here
Ivor Powell One £2,000 p/a (up to three years) Click here
King One £4,000 p/a (up to four years) Click here
Santander Six £2,000 p/a (up to three years) Click here
Thompson Education Trust One £1,250 p/a (up to two years) Click here
Trendell Two £1,000 p/a (up three years) Click here

Click here to read the full terms and conditions for each scholarship.


To be eligible for a scholarship athletes must:

Athletes on scholarships lasting more than one academic year will continue to receive their scholarship throughout their University course subject to an annual academic and sporting review.

How to apply

Applications for the 2019/20 Scholarship Scheme are now open. Current and potential students are eligible to apply and full details can be found on the application form – click here to view and complete.

Current University of Bath sporting scholars

Athlete name Sport Scholarship Year first awarded
Sophie Drakeford-Lewis Netball Bill Whiteley 2017-18
Tom Derbyshire Swimming British Swimming 2017-18
Ben Jones Tennis Buchan Jones 2017-18
Luke Turley Swimming Goldsmith 2018-19
Cara Clarke Rugby union Ivor Powell 2018-19
Imogen Allison Netball King 2016-17
Alistair Chalmers Athletics King 2018-19
Tim Nurse Hockey King 2017-18
Harriet Evans Golf R&A Golf Scholarship 2017-18
Jazmine Butcher Alpine Skiing Santander 2016-17
Molly Chapman Badminton Santander 2018-19
Daisy Collingridge Sailing Santander 2018-19
Chartie Curtis Netball Santander 2017-18
Jack Davies Rugby union Santander 2018-19
Tom Dean Swimming Santander 2018-19
Charlie Follett Modern Pentathlon Santander 2018-19
Jacob Greenow Swimming Santander 2017-18
Georgia Hannam Modern Pentathlon Santander 2016-17
Sarah Jackson Sailing Santander 2017-18
Laura Macro Rowing Santander 2016-17
Nicholas Moynihan Alpine Skiing Santander 2014-15
Zara Mulholland Rowing Santander 2018-19
Tash Pavelin Netball Santander 2017-18
Anna Reynolds Hockey Santander 2018-19
James Russell Fencing Santander 2018-19
Emma Stacey Clay-Pigeon Shooting Santander 2016-17
Hugo Stiles Rugby union Santander 2016-17
Bradley Sutton Modern Pentathlon Santander 2016-17
Valdo Szucs Athletics Santander 2016-17
Lauren Williams Athletics Santander 2017-18
Ben Claridge Athletics Thompson Education Trust 2018-19
Caleb Ralston Tennis Thompson Education Trust 2018-19
Jordan Ainslie Rugby union Trendell 2017-18
Beck Cutting Rugby union Trendell 2017-18
Tom Doughty Rugby union Trendell 2018-19
Hannah Jones Cricket Trendell 2018-19
Jenny Nesbitt Athletics Trendell 2016-17
Myles Pillage Modern Pentathlon Trendell 2017-18

Scholars’ testimonials

  • “Scholarship funding helps with equipment, food, general living costs and travel which can be really expensive – especially when you’re going to one meet a month. The facilities here are pretty much ideal. We have everything we need in the gym, it’s right by the pool, it’s a five minute walk from my accommodation, and so it’s as good as it can be.”

    –Tom Sinclair (swimming), Bill Whiteley scholar
  • “The University of Bath is so good for my course, has a great netball set-up and I love the sporty vibe. That’s why I chose to come here. It’s also flexible – when I was called up to play for England U21s for a tour to South Africa, I had an exam scheduled for the week after but I rearranged that exam and everything worked out fine.”

    –Imogen Allison (netball), King scholar
  • “Being awarded a scholarship is a massive confidence boost. To have someone say that they believe in your ability is huge for your self-belief. There’s no better place than the University of Bath for letting you train at a high level, undertake the degree you want to do and offer you this level of support.”

    –Sarah Collin (modern pentathlon) – Thompson scholar
  • “I have to say a massive thank you to Team Bath, Pentathlon GB and the rest of my support team for helping me get to number one, I couldn’t have done it without them. I’m supported by a Santander Sports Scholarship and the Team Bath Elite Athlete Fund which has allowed me to compete in Qatar, Serbia and Switzerland this season, as well as domestically. That support makes a huge difference.”

    –Tom Edwards (fencing) – Santander scholar

Past scholars

Click here to see our sporting scholars from previous academic years.

Provide a scholarship

Information for businesses interested in funding a scholarship can be found on our business opportunities page.

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