University Celebrates Sport Scholars

The University of Leeds Sports Scholars have been awarded their scholarships by the University chief operating officer, Tim Peakman, and chief financial officer, Jane Madeley at a special reception evening.

Over 60 students studying a variety of courses, from Medicine to Geography, are all supported by the Sport Scholarship Programme to help and guide them in achieving their goals to the highest of their ability, both within their sport and their academia.

One student who was celebrated this year is Joanne Pettitt, who is studying Physician Associate Studies and has represented team Scotland at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at netball. She has also represented Scotland at the European Championships in 2017 and the European World Cup Qualifiers 2018.

“I have been lucky enough to represent Scotland in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and at the 2015 netball world cup in Sydney”.


Sam Dickinson has also been awarded a sport scholarship following a successful year in triathlon. He was a late starter to the sport, but two years after his introduction he became British junior champion and topped the table at the British Triathlon Super Series in 2015. In 2016, he won silver at the ETU European championships and represented GB at the ITU World Championships. This year he won silver in the U23 elite race at the ITU World Championships on the Gold Coast.



The university has over 60 scholars competing from a vast variety of sports, from rugby players to snowboarders, competing at a range of competitions throughout the year. The scholarship programme gives each athlete a personalised package of support to meet their individual needs. This includes a personal mentor who helps ensure that they are managing and maintaining a healthy balance between University work and sporting committments.

Scholars also receive free access to The Edge, to help aid with their fitness, sport and wellbeing. A personal programme of nutritional advice, physiotherapy and strength and conditioning training, as well as a bespoke bursary to ensure they can manage their financial demands of performance sport.

This year a dual career policy has also been introduced.

Dual Career Policy

The University of Leeds dual career policy seeks to ensure that our student-athletes who are training, competing and studying at the very highest level have the support in place to allow them to succeed. The policy allows them to achieve their sporting and educational aspirations without sacrificing one to be a success in the other. You can read the full policy on the Student Education Service website here.


Take a look at all our Sport Scholars below and find out more about our Sport Scholarship programme online here.