The University of Leeds Sports Scholars have been awarded their scholarships by the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Student Education, Jeff Grabill at the annual sports scholars evening.

On Thursday 9 November everyone gathered to celebrate all our wonderful scholars and their sporting achievements. The evening not only focused on current scholars, but past students of Leeds who have gone on to achieve great sporting success.

Staff and alumni at scholars evening

This year the University has 85 students across 21 sports ranging from figure skating and athletics, to cricket and gymnastics. They compete at a range of competitions as individuals and represent the University with their club teams. Whilst working towards both their sporting goals and their academic studies. All scholars are supported by our Sports Scholarship Programme. This aims to help and guide them in achieving their goals to the highest of their ability, both within their sport and their academia.

Alumni and Paralympic table tennis player Dr. Kim Daybell was honoured and inducted into the Leeds Sport Hall of fame. He shared his experiences both here at Leeds and as an athlete; a real inspiration for all our scholars.

Alumni Kim Daybell and DVC Jeff Grabill


Head of Sport, Suzanne Glavin said;

It was such a pleasure to once again host the annual sport scholar’s reception that recognises and celebrates our talented student athletes.

So wonderful too to have so many of their supportive academics and academic support staff alongside our dedicated sports team in the room with the scholars, all proud to support and praise them and many like me were in awe of their achievements.

Students and sports scholars evening

The event was held in The Great Hall which always brings a sense of history and prestige to the evening. Find out further information about sport scholarships here at Leeds.