#21 University of Glasgow



18 June/ 2 September/ 24 October
The University 

Located in the World’s Friendliest City, the University of Glasgow is consistently a World Top 100 University.  Founded in 1451 and ranked 18th in the UK, the university is one of only 2 Russell Group universities in Scotland.  

With an impressive range of subjects available, our university offers undergraduate and postgraduate study as well as the opportunity for ground-breaking research. The university is highly diverse- like the city- welcoming 29,000 students from over 140 different countries worldwide.

The main campus itself is located in the beautiful west-end of the city: the so-called inspiration for Hogwarts. Adjacent to Kelvingrove Park and the Botanic Gardens, around which many of our students live, the campus is seamlessly integrated with the rest of the vibrant city.

Notable alumni of our university include, Imogen Walsh (GUBC Alumna and Multiple World and European Champion), Nicola Sturgeon (First Minister of Scotland), Sir Vince Cable (Former Liberal Democrats Leader), Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell (Astrophysicists) and newly appointed Chancellor of our university, Dame Katherine Grainger.

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The Boat Club

Founded in 1867, GUBC is in its now 153rd year and more active than it’s ever been, offering members a club and community for life.  The club prides itself in offering rowing to athletes aspiring to take part at all levels. Our novice programme continually offers beginners the chance to thrive. Most recently our beginner men’s 8 placed 183rd at HoRR and we had one beginner woman end her season with an intermediate medal at BUCS as well as 2 golds at HIR.

In addition, athletes are offered paid professional coaching and support to perform at the highest levels. In the past GUBC have had athletes trial for and become part of the GB U23 team and in more recent years, GUBC athletes consistently make up a large portion of the Scotland team at HIR as well as representing GB Universities at EUSA.

Regularly competing at BUCS regatta and head, our achievements become more and more impressive by the year.  With multiple medal winning crews at last summer’s regatta, followed by dominating performances in championship events at BUCS 4s and 8s head this year, taking home a dominant championship gold in the women’s coxed fours, and silver in the men’s coxless fours.

In the domestic circuit, the club continually to has a strong representation at Henley Women’s & Royal Regatta. Most notably Glasgow’s women’s coxless four were finalists in the Academic 4s last summer.

As well as a performance programme ‘club rowing’ has taken off at GUBC in recent years with a large portion of members managing to stay involved in the sport but in a less structured environment.

The club has a strong and welcoming network of supportive alumni who regularly attend events such as our annual Club dinner and Burn’s Supper as a means of supporting the club and its athletes. Our alumni also offer a vast network of professional experience to help our athletes out once graduated.


The coaching team consists of our head coach Iain Docwra, newly appointed assistant coach Aaron Nicholson, volunteer coach Fraser Quinn, dedicated S&C coach Jonathan Stevenson and our Student novice coaches Nia Hunter and James Fleming. Both Iain and Fraser have both been part of our club for over 5 years and have seen the club continue to build in strength and capacity.

Our head coach Iain is always keen to hear from new athletes and can be contacted via email at iain.docwra@glasgow.ac.uk.

  • Silver Medallist in the Lwt 2- at European Universities 2019.
  • Henley Women’s Regatta Finalists.
  • Fours Head – Winners of Band2 Women’s Academic Coxless Fours.
  • BUCS Head 2020 – WCh4+ Gold, MCh4- Silver, WInt8+ Bronze. BUCS Regatta 2019 – MChLwt2- Silver, WInt4+ Silver, WInt2- Bronze.
  • 8 athletes represented and won for Scotland at HIR in 2019, multiple medals at Scottish Student and Scottish Open championships as well as placing and winning across a variety of senior events at Scottish Indoors.
  • Our university owned boathouse which is under continual upgrade and renovation, located in Glasgow Green on the banks of the Clyde, houses our full fleet of boats, with changing and showering facilities as well as a clubroom.
  • University of Glasgow Sport’s Studio 1, on campus, is equipped with 20 Concept 2ergos and full S&C facilities for the club to train in a dedicated environment on campus.
  • Regular access to the 20km + straight of water down river of the weir which we access less than a mile from main campus.


After rowing for 12 years in Portugal, competing this year at Glasgow University Boat Club was the breath of fresh air that I needed. Composed of an amazing group of open-minded, warm-hearted and highly driven people, I found in GUBC a welcoming atmosphere with a fierce spirit. A place where I could challenge myself, together with a team of exceptional athletes and devoted coaches, ever determined and ever focused, that dare to dream big and thrive to achieve. – Duarte Menezes, Erasmus Student 2018-19, EUSA and HIR Medallist.




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