Edinburgh University Centre of Excellence for Orienteering

UCAS deadline day is fast approaching for medicine and veterinary medicine applications for the 2018-19 academic year. The Winning Students funded National Performance Centre at the University of Edinburgh is able to flag applications with UCAS and the admissions department for high performance athletes. Whilst this cannot guarantee a place in anyway, as all applicants have to meet the course requirements, it can certainly help with their application process. It is a privilege for us to be able to do this, and it is only available for the best athletes. It is expected that athletes be competing for Great Britain or are part of the GBR Talent Squad. Exceptional athletes competing at Home-International level will also be considered. 

11th Oct 17

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If they are any talented athletes who are applying to the University of Edinburgh for medicine or veterinary medicine, please contact the head coach, Mark Nixon (mark.nixon[at]ed.ac.uk), as soon as possible with the following information:

Date of birth
UCAS number
Courses applied for
Current grades and subjects
Predicted grades and subjects

Athletes applying for courses with the UCAS deadline of January 15th are also encouraged to get in touch at this time. There will be a second call later in the year, closer to UCAS deadline, to remind athletes about this.

The performance programme at Edinburgh provides a top-quality training environment alongside world-class education. Athletes receive a comprehensive weekly training schedule including running, orienteering, and strength and conditioning; free access to dedicated physiotherapy from the Scottish Running Clinic; regular seminars covering a variety of topics relating to high-performance sport; week long training camps in Scotland and Spain; academic flexibility when important orienteering events clash with course-work; and a dedicated professional coach. The team consists of both Winning Students scholars, selected by British Orienteering, and small number of athletes financed by the University of Edinburgh. This year our athletes won both Men's and Women's British Relay Championships, the British University Championships, and thirteen separate athletes ran for Great Britain.


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by Rona Lindsay