British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS)

On Wednesday 13th January, 2021, BUCS announced that the league and knockout provision has regrettably been cancelled across all sports for the 20-21 season.

We understand that this news is hugely disappointing to our hundreds of BUCS league athletes, but we sympathise with the rationale behind the decision.

Rest assured that our team at SU sport are investigating opportunities for internal development leagues, to begin when it is safe to do so. We will continue to ensure the protection of Wednesday afternoons for the extra-curricular, and that we remain the priority users of the campus sporting facilities. If you have any questions for BUCS, please contact them through the website

British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) is the National Governing Body who organises the majority of competitive sport in Higher Education across the UK. All teams that compete in BUCS competitions can earn points for the University. Points are awarded for individual and team performances in league, cup and tournaments, all collating into a final university league table which we consistently rank within the top 10 for.

When do we compete?

Most league matches take place on a Wednesday afternoon, with lectures across the University finishing by 1pm. Some matches and tournaments take place on weekends as well, with this largely dependent on the competition and the sport. 

How can I compete in BUCS?

Forty-one of our 49 sports clubs can enter teams into BUCS competitions totalling over 1600 athletes. To become a member of a club you have to be a student at the University of Bath, then once a member of one of these clubs, you may be selected through trials or recognition in a recreational program to take part in BUCS competition.

Please note you must be a student at the University of Bath, and you have to be taking over 30 course credits to be eligible to participate in BUCS


For more info on BUCS competition either speak directly with your club or contact 

Jo Dixon, Competitions Manager,, SU Level 2

Hannah Tyre, Sports Coordinator,, SU Level 2

Even if you’re not part of a BUCS team, make sure you wander around our sports facilities on a Wednesday afternoon to watch and support our squads as they represent the University! Don’t worry about access to facilities, gates are left open for teams and spectators; you can even have #blueandgold face paint done if you go to the SU Sport office on level 2 in the students union. Remember #wearebath


Anti Doping And Clean Sport

The University of Bath is an accredited institution with UK Anti-doping (UKAD) and as such adopts the UKAD and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) position that cheating, including doping, is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport, undermining the otherwise positive impact it can have on society.

To read our full commitment to clean sport and links to more information on your rights and responsibilities, click here.


Strict Liability means that you are solely responsible for any banned substance you use, attempt to use, or is found in your body, regardless of how it got there and whether you intended to cheat or not.

As a student competing in BUCS at any level you are subject to anti-doping rules and could be tested in or out of competition.

University of Bath lead anti-doping contacts

Ollie Toogood, Student Performance Sport Officer,, 01225 384030, Founders Hall 1.09

Katie Payne, High Performance Sport Officer,, 01225 38444, Founders Hall 1.09