#31 University of Manchester

Manchester University at Marlow Regatta 2019




The University 

The University of Manchester is based in the north of England and is ranked 6th in the UK, 8th in Europe, and 27th Worldwide in the the QS World University Rankings 2020. It brings together a multicultural community of more than 40,000 students from 177 countries to study, live and get involved in university life. The University continually invests in facilities to provide an optimum, sustainable, world-class learning environment. Widely seen as the most targeted university for graduate employers in the UK, the university provides student with opportunities and connections far beyond graduation day, as seen with a 1st place ranking in The Graduate Market 2018, 2019 and 2020.

The main campus is south of Manchester city centre on Oxford Road. The University owns and operates major cultural assets such as the Manchester Museum, Whitworth Art Gallery, John Rylands Library and Jodrell Bank Observatory - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Manchester was the world’s first industrial city and now is a vibrant city with an amazing cultural scene. Named the #1 UK city to live in 2019 by The Economist, it offers a university experience few others can match. Manchester is always developing and has some of the UK’s best transport links. London is only 2 ½ hours away by train London and is easily accessible from most UK areas.

The Boat Club

Manchester University Boat Club (MUBC) is one of the largest sport clubs in the University, with around 200 members. Founded in 1932, the Boat Club has since grown into a thriving club for both novices and seniors. Committed members will be supported in their training to compete in high level events including, Head of the River, Henley Women’s Regatta, Henley Royal Regatta and many go on to represent their country at a higher level; with Hugh Gallie winning gold at the Rowing Junior Championships or Peter Zelinka winning silver at European Rowing Under-23 Championships.

The Boat House is a 20-minute cycle from the Fallowfield student campus, with an ever growing fleet of boats of all classes, enough for all four squads to train simultaneously. MUBC train on the 12km stretch of the Bridgewater Canal, a calm, undisturbed stretch of water accessible all year round.

In recent years MUBC has seen success on both a regional and national stage, with expansions taking place in the club to build on this success and see our club improve further. At MUBC we have a culture that rewards commitment and willingness to learn. We always aim to bring out the very best in our athletes and to see them succeed.


We have two full time coaches, Jeff Hunt and John Impey, as well as a number of volunteer coaches. This means that we able to provide each crew with a dedicated coach.

Our Senior and Novice Vice Captains are devoted to their respective crews and provide them with year-round support and motivation.

For questions about joining the club please contact the Club Captain, Stan Schofield at Captain@mubc.org.uk.

Recent Achievements 

  • BUCS Regatta 2019, Gold in WB1x, multiple A/B finals appearances.
  • BUCS Indoors Regional Championships, 4 Gold Medals.
  • Agecroft Head 2019, 5 category wins including our top men’s and women’s boats
  • HRR crews qualified into Temple & the Silver Goblets & Nickalls’ Challenge cup in 2015 & 2016
  • HWR crew qualified into women’s 4- category in 2018


  • 12 km stretch of uninterrupted canal, 20-minute cycle from campus
  • Ever growing fleet of boats
  • Dedicated erg room on campus available seven days a week
  • Use of the Armitage gym for S&C land training
  • Yearly Easter international training camp

Anecdotes from past and present members

Sam Thornton (previous Club Captain and Thames Challenge Cup winner with Thames Rowing Club)

“Manchester University Boat club is a great club with a balance of an amazing social atmosphere and supportive network and competitive club where you get out as much as you put in.  You'll come out of the university with a degree that will set you apart from others in the professional world. The club accepts all levels with a huge novice development program and a competitive senior squad that achieved six Henley Royal qualifications in five years in student, intermediate and elite levels and a final at HWR, many of these built from home-grown talent.”

Stan Schofield (Club Captain 2020/21, Joined 2018)

“I have been lucky enough to row at Manchester for two years now. Joining the club meant I was able to further my rowing from school. The Boat Club’s coaches and captains all push you to become the best rower you possibly can and with that success will follow. I also found a great group of people who now I can call some of my best mates.”

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