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 Monday 13 February 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.

Man giving speech

This year the University has 68 students from across 28 different degree courses and 49 sports ranging from figure skating, climbing and athletics, to cricket and rugby. 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 to help and guide them in achieving their goals to the highest of their ability, both within their sport and their academia.

Alumni and England Rugby League player Jodie Cunningham was honoured and inducted into the Leeds Sport Hall of fame. She shared her experiences both here at Leeds and as a professional athlete; a real inspiration for all our scholars.

Two women giving a speech

Head of Sport, Suzanne Glavin said;

This term more than ever it was so uplifting to host this 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.

There was a real sense of pride and sense of belonging in the room, all topped off by our special Alumni Jodie Cunningham (England RFL World Cup player) speaking so passionately about the power of sport alongside her world class education.

group of students posing for a photo

This year the event was held in The Great Hall building bringing a sense of history and prestige to the evening. Scholars were also surprised by a visit from sports mascot George the Gryphon, who was there to cheer them on and celebrate with them.

Find out further information about sport scholarships here at Leeds.