The University of Bath is a single campus based in Claverton Down, just outside the city of Bath. It is a young university being founded in 1966, but is now among the best universities in the country. It is ranked sixth overall in the Guardian university league tables for 2020, and ninth in the Complete University Guide. Students have great employability upon graduating from Bath, being ranked tenth for job prospects by Whatuni Choice Student Awards in 2018, and fifth for graduate prospects by the Times Good University Guide 2019. The University has also been awarded Gold status in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework. The majority of students study STEM subjects, although other excellently taught and popular subjects include management, business, languages, and sports science/performance.
Being a campus, everything a student could need is right there, every academic department, as well as the library, Student’s Union, and Sports Training Village. With an Olympic size swimming pool, high performance gyms, outdoor athletics track, indoor sprint track, sports halls, indoor and outdoor tennis courts and the UK’s only bobsleigh/skeleton push track, Bath hosts some of the best sporting facilities in the country. Couple this with the hosting of various high-profile sports institutions, including British Swimming, GB Modern Pentathlon, Southampton FC, the LTA Academy, and many more. The University also hosts a British Rowing World Class Start centre.
The Boat Club
The Boat Club is one of the University’s largest clubs, and comprises of both novices and seniors. The boathouse is located at Newbridge, across the city from the university (although still a relatively small distance), at Minerva Bath Rowing Club, who own the facilities. The club rows on a 4km stretch of the River Avon, also used by Minerva, University of Bristol, Avon County, and Monkton Combe School. Anyone with commitment and determination can do well at Bath, with results across all categories at BUCS events, including medals in novice, intermediate, and championship events in the last two years.
In recent years the club has seen huge growth, doubling size in 10 years, and increasing the size of the boat fleet adding new Hudson boats. In a joint project with Minerva Bath, the club will be building new boathouse facilities over the next couple of years, enabling further expansion.
The World Class Start centre, run by Dan Harris, is joined with the club, and Dan’s athletes are well integrated into the main squads, competing alongside university athletes at races throughout the year. Information on WCS can be found here.
The club does not have any full-time coaches, but is very lucky to have the support of a number of volunteer coaches who take care of the novice squads, as well as part time coaches for the seniors. We are also very lucky that Dan Harris coaches some crews in the build up to big events such as BUCS Regatta and HWR/HRR.The senior and novice captains do an excellent job of leading their squads each year, allowing us to compete at a high level despite the lack of full time coaches.
2 HWR wins in 2019 and 2017
3 crews qualified for HRR in 2019 including a semi final in the Stonor Challenge Trophy.
Championship gold, bronze, and intermediate bronze at BUCS Regatta 2019.
Gold at EUSA in 2019, bronze in 2018.
Athletes selected for European U23s, 1 in 2018, 2 in 2019, all finishing 5th
Ever increasing number of Hudson racing boats, with mainly Janousek boats for novice and some intermediate crews.
Ergs both at the boathouse and on campus.
High performance gym facilities for cross training and S&C.
Access to Dual Careers Programme for high performance athletes, gaining discounts in sports café, physio, massage, and free gym membership.
ANECDOTES FROM PAST AND PRESENT MEMBERS
“I started rowing at Bath as a fresher with their novice crews. It had the perfect balance of training and socials so I could enjoy the uni life but also get training and work done. However, when I wanted to take rowing more seriously and challenge for U23 teams, then it also facilitated this by allowing me to use their high performance gym and the University also allowed me to go part time to help balance my training and work. If it wasn’t for Bath University and the Boat Club I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
Sam Courty, GB Rowing Team
“I recently graduated from Bath University, having spent 4 years studying and rowing there. BUBC is a fantastic club that has developed massively since I started 4 years ago. It is run by dedicated student volunteers and there is a great team spirit and community feel. We weren’t the biggest or most successful boat club in the country during my time there but we made up for that with hard, honest work and passion. We embrace our tag as under-dogs and always fight until the end.”
Will England, former senior men’s captain