#26 University of Surrey




Sunday 13th October 

The University 

The University of Surrey is a leading University and is located in Guildford, Surrey. It is based across two campuses - Stag Hill and Manor Park. 

The University of Surrey is one of the UK’s top professional, scientific and technological universities. Named as The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year 2016, Surrey has a world-class profile and a leading reputation in teaching and research.

Our campus is teeming with activity and investment, with a new 5G Innovation Centre and School of Veterinary Medicine continuing a trend of multi-million-pound developments that have made a positive impact on the University and our local community.

The University is closely partnered with Surrey Sports Park through Team Surrey. The £36 million Surrey Sports Park offers facilities including: a 50m swimming pool, a £500,000 gym, an indoor climbing centre, three multi-purpose sports arenas, six glass-backed squash courts, eight floodlit outdoor tennis courts, three floodlit artificial grass pitches, ten grass pitches and a cricket square, a 60m sprint track, three multi-purpose exercise studios and a spinning studio, as well as a designated erg studio and separate S&C gym for our athletes.

The Boat Club

USBC is one of the most exciting and up and coming University programmes in the UK. Over the past few seasons the club has had a string of top results from beginner to elite level. The club is growing year on year and is proud to have ambitious targets in the seasons to come.

USBC also offers a unique partnership with Molesey Boat Club, in which athletes can benefit from training in one of the top clubs in the country. This has led to a number of GB vests for USBC athletes in the last few seasons. 

The University also offers a High Performance Athlete Support Scheme (HPASS) that is designed to assist talented student athletes fulfil their sporting potential whilst achieving academic excellence. It aims to provide individually tailored, practical solutions and services to students that are both specific to their sport and academic situation.


The club has two full-time coaches, Head Coach, Sam Tuck & Novice Coach, Ellie Stevens. This will be Sam’s fifth season with the club. He has been rowing for 15 years and has a huge repertoire of success in the sport, including two wins at HRR. He uses his experience to coach his athletes to their highest abilities. In 2017, Sam was awarded the UK Coaching Young Coach of the Year for his outstanding contribution to University rowing and this summer he coached the GB U23 W4- for the European Championships.

Ellie started at USBC as a novice athlete in 2014, she became president of the club for the 2017/18 season and led with example. She ended her time as a USBC athlete by representing England at the Home Internationals Regatta. After graduating in 2018, Ellie became the novice coach. Her first season was highly successful. By summer 2019, she had athletes who’d won four BUCS gold medals, a beginner HoRR pennant and a win at Marlow. 

Our athletes also have a Strength & Conditioning coach which they see two to three times a week.

  • High Performance: Medals at U23 World & European Championships*, HWR win, representation at EUSA & HIR.

  • Senior: BUCS gold in championship pair, BUCS regatta silver medal, third in category at HoRR, Prince Albert & Temple Challenge qualifications at HRR for four consecutive years, HWR qualifications for three consecutive years.

  • Partnership with MBC has enabled our scholarship athletes to win multiple club events at HRR.

  • Beginner: Four BUCS gold medals, beginner HoRR pennant, win at Marlow Regatta, HRR qualification.

  • Six club athletes on the England Talent Pathway scheme.

*through MBC partnership, as detailed on ranking table


“USBC has undoubtedly one of the most exciting rowing programmes in the UK. Top notch coaches and fantastic support from Team Surrey and the University means that any athletes, whatever their level, can achieve their full potential.” 

Ali Douglass (Wyfold Challenge Cup 2015, 3 time U23 Worlds Bronze Medalist, BUCS Championship Gold and EUSA A-finalist 2018) - Alumni

“USBC has challenged me in ways that I thought was not possible and tested my abilities. The coaching staff had faith in me, when I didn’t, and helped me push myself to new limits. The support network of coaches, athletes and Team Surrey is like no other, and every athlete feels at home.”

Maile Wedgwood (2019 HWR winner - Aspirational Lwt 1x) - Current High Performance athlete


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