#36 University of York

University of York Boat Club Drone Shot




The University 

The University of York campus is located in the city of York and was established in 1963. The city is renowned for its history dating back to the Romans and is a culturally rich place to live and study with popular annual events such as the Jorvik Viking Festival.

The University of York is a member of the prestigious Russell group and this is reflected in the academic performance of its departments. In the most recent university Research Excellence Framework (REF) the university was placed in the top 5 for a range of subjects and in the Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020 the university was ranked 22nd overall.

As a collegiate university, the 9 campus-based colleges offer accommodation, welfare support, sports teams and social events with individual academic departments providing an internationally renowned centre of research and teaching excellence.

There are over 60 official university sports teams which train from the two university sports centres on campus. Over these centres, there is a 25m pool, strength and conditioning suites, an erg room, a running track, several sports halls, an outdoor velodrome plus a selection of pitches for all sports. Students at York have access to a range of excellent sporting facilities allowing the university to build its sporting reputation. In addition, there are hundreds of non-sports societies offered by the student union fostering a rich and diverse university culture with opportunities for individuals to support both the student and local communities.

University of York Boat Club Training

The Boat Club

The University of York Boat Club (UYBC) was established in 1963 and is the university’s oldest sports team, established a month after the founding of the University. The boat club is now the biggest sports society at the university with more than 200 members.

The club competes at national events such as BUCS Head and Regatta, Fours Head, Men’s and Women’s Eights Head, Metropolitan and Marlow Regattas, Henley Women’s and Henley Royal Regatta. The club also attends regional and local events such as South Yorkshire Head, Peterborough Regatta, York Autumn Sculls and North of England Head, as well as hosting White Rose Head in December every season.

In 1965, York first competed against Lancaster in the ‘Roses’ boat race. The Roses tournament has since expanded across a huge number of sports and is now the largest inter-university competition in Europe, held every year and alternating hosts between York and Lancaster.

The club is also one of nine World Class Start Centres, which give our rowers the opportunity to develop into high performance athletes and go on to represent the GB team. In collaboration with our competitive novice program, we’ve been known to produce rowers who go on to represent the country and win major national events.

The club is also very socially active, with a Christmas and annual dinner, an alumni ball and weekly socials on the University’s sports night.

University of York Boat Club at Henley Women's Regatta


UYBC is a student-run sports club with a strong team of local volunteer coaches. Our coaching team provides a high standard of coaching which has allowed our novice and senior squads to compete at the highest levels. As well as several water sessions a week, our coaches also spend time with rowers during land training and video analysis sessions, including on a one-to-one basis to ensure all members progress technically.

Additionally, our experienced senior rowers have the opportunity to coach our novice squads allowing them to not only grow their technical understanding of the sport, but also develop their coaching skills. This inter-squad coaching allows for the club members to bond and form strong connections.

To contact the coaching team email - boat@yusu.org

Recent Achievements

  • 3 boats qualified for 2019 Henley Women’s Regatta, including a 2x which reached the quarter finals
  • Temple Challenge Cup Qualification at the 2017 Henley Royal Regatta
  • Peterborough Regatta VL holders, including wins for the M8+, M4+, W8+, W4+ and W4-
  • 2019 Reading Town Regatta - M4+ Band 1 winners
  • 2020 BUCS Head -  Int. W4+ placed 5th


  • Boathouse situated a 10-minute cycle from campus, with access to land training facilities (including an erg room, cardio facilities and strength & conditioning suite) in the campus sports centre
  • 34km stretch of the River Ouse that runs through the centre of the historic city of York
  • A fleet of nearly 30 boats, including a range of sculling boats and those appropriate for lightweights
  • Filippi and Empacher shells for top senior crews.

University of York and York City Rowing Clubs racing at Henley Women's Regatta


I joined UYBC as a fresher at York, enrolling on the novice programme. Learning to row and train at the club, I’ve made lifelong friends, and many of my happiest memories at university so far have been at UYBC. Thanks to the club’s fantastic coaching and training atmosphere, I’ve since had the opportunity to compete at events across the country. As the Senior Women’s Captain going into this year, I’m looking forward to getting back to training with the squad and seeing what we can do.

Emma Walters, Senior Women’s Captain, 20/21


Being part of the club has undoubtedly been the highlight of my university experience - the University is very strong academically, and at the club you are surrounded by rowers with a huge range of academic interests, who also bring that hard work ethic to training and club development. Over the last few years, the club has picked up a lot of momentum and seen a huge cultural shift towards high performance - now is a really exciting time to be involved with the club, and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do this season!

Michael Senior, President, 20/21 

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