#5-18 University of London



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The University 

The University of London is unlike many other universities. It consists of 18 self governing colleges & universities and 10 smaller specialist research Institutes. The Colleges are considered universities in their own right. Many are world leading institutions like King's College London, University College London, the London School of Economics. Study at any of the 18 colleges makes a student part of the University of London, making them part of a community of over 120,000 students and giving them access to many services in London.

The following colleges form the University of London: 

  • Birkbeck
  • The Courtauld Institute of Art
  • City University of London
  • Goldsmiths
  • The Institute of Cancer Research
  • Kings College London
  • London Business School
  • The London School of Economics and Political Science
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Queen Mary, University of London
  • Royal Academy of Music
  • The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
  • Royal Holloway
  • The Royal Veterinary College
  • St George’s
  • SOAS
  • UCL

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The Boat Club

The University of London Boat Club (ULBC) has more Henley Royal Regatta victories than any other British university boat club and has been represented at every Olympic Games since 1960. 214 ULBC athletes have been selected for U23 and Senior World Championship teams, winning 135 Olympic & World Championship medals. When you join UL you join one of British Rowing’s most senior & successful clubs and will become part of a highly successful alumni network.

The UL Boathouse is a 20 minute train journey from central London (Waterloo station). The Men’s and Women’s squads train alongside each other as one team, with a total squad size of around 60 to 70 athletes. This leads to a highly enjoyable, high performance team environment. 

The UL Men have been one of the leading challengers Oxford Brookes in recent years, making the final of the Temple in 2017 & final of the Visitors in 2018 at HRR, while continuing to produce graduates who go on to have successful careers in all industries.

The UL Women have grown to become arguably one of the best women's rowing teams in the UK. UL now has the largest number of women in the GB Olympic Team of any university boat club, won Championship Eights at BUCS Regatta for the first time ever in 2018 and in the cut short 2019/20 season recorded victories over Oxford Brookes, Newcastle, Durham, Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

ULBC is a designated High Performance Programme for GB Rowing providing a pathway for athletes onto the U23 and Senior GB Rowing Teams. Current GB Senior Team athletes Ollie Cook, Emily Craig, Sara Parfett, Oonagh Cousins, Matilda Horn and Charlotte Hodgkins-Byrne, and Paralympic & World Champion James Fox, all made the team whilst studying & rowing at UL.


Hugo Gulliver – Chief Coach

Gulliver joined ULBC in 2015, from a position as an assistant coach to the Harvard University Heavyweight Men’s Rowing Programme. Gulliver supported former UL Chief Coach Phil Gray between 2015 & 2019 as UL became British University Champions in Women’s Eights and the UL Men made the  finals of the Temple & Visitors at Henley Royal Regatta. Prior to Harvard Gulliver coached at Latymer Upper School guiding a girls quad to win the Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta.

Gulliver has coached at both the U23 World Championships and World University Championships, and with the Great Britain Junior team. He is also a graduate of the Institute For Rowing Leadership, in the USA. In 2017 Gulliver coached the GB U23 W4- and in 2019 the GB U23 M4+, winning a Silver medal in Sarasota, Florida at the World U23 Championships. In 2018 GB Rowing appointed him Lead Coach for the World University Championship. Gulliver directly coached both the GB M8+ and M4- to Gold.

Gen Bailhache-Graham – Senior Coach

Bailhache-Graham joined ULBC from Sir William Borlase Grammar School in 2018, where she had lead the women’s programme to medals at the National Schools’ Regatta and athletes into the British junior teams. With a strong S&C background, she leads UL’s Strength & Conditioning programme..

The professional coaching team is supported by S&C interns and a long list of volunteer coaches & friends of the club, including Rusty Williams (winner of the Grand for UL at HRR in 1963) and David Townsend (multiple HRR in the 1970s for UL & 1980 Olympic Bronze Medalist).

Contact the UL Coaching Team at recruitment@ulbc.co.uk

  • The entire UL fleet is Empachers (2x/2- 4 x/- 4+ 8+), with the top racing shells all carbon rigger. The fleet is equipped with Peach telemetry.

  • Funding, financial aid & sports scholarships are available via each of the UL colleges.

  • The ULBC programme is heavily subsidised by the alumni to minimise the cost of rowing to the students, making UL one of the cheapest of the HPP clubs.

  • The UL gym is based at the UL Boathouse meaning all the facilities are on one site, one of only two HPP universities to boast this.

  • Subsidised on-site accommodation.

  • Large redevelopment project planned for the UL Boathouse with new Ergo and S&C training facilities.

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