Where are the best unis to row (not Oxbridge)

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Figmentofmyimagination Sun 28-Jun-15 21:19:03

My DD2 (just finishing y10) takes her rowing v seriously and is determined to continue at university. Where are the best rowing unis in the uk? At the moment she wants to study vetinerary sciences or zoology, although in reality I think it's quite early days for degree subject choice. I'm just interested in a general steer as to where rowing is properly supported.

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Millymollymama Sun 28-Jun-15 22:50:51

Well there are only about 6 vet schools (I think) so look at them. Durham is good for rowing but no vet school. Royal Veterinary College good for vet med but not near a river. You can look at Bristol, Nottingham and Liverpool for vet med. Not sure what they offer on the Avon, the Trent and the Mersey. Then there's Cambridge. Problem solved.

Millymollymama Sun 28-Jun-15 22:51:32

Oops. Sorry. You didn't want Oxbridge.

Molio Sun 28-Jun-15 22:52:51

Durham + zoology.

homebythesea Sun 28-Jun-15 22:54:10

Guildford for rowing and Surrey Uni new vet school

homebythesea Sun 28-Jun-15 22:54:28

Also nottingham

TheFallenMadonna Sun 28-Jun-15 22:54:55

Imperial does rowing scholarships.


Gasp0deTheW0nderD0g Sun 28-Jun-15 22:59:24

UCL has a rowing club and what I would imagine is a very good zoology department.

zazas Sun 28-Jun-15 23:00:19

This was my daughter's request as well for her university - no rowing = not a contender! She is looking at Economics so perhaps has a little wider availability than vet/zoology but the ones we have found that have good facilities are; Durham, Bath, Bristol especially. Warwick has a rowing club but it seemed a little less part of the whole sport's programme. Ruled out Surrey and St Andrews because of their lack of rowing...

annandale Sun 28-Jun-15 23:01:33

I would lean towards Nottingham. Google British rowing and look at the Start programme. There's a list of the dozen universities involved on there, any of those would make sense but I'd be inclined to Nottingham because of the national centre.

Fififififi Sun 28-Jun-15 23:02:36

Durham - the rowing tank is awesome!

southeastastra Sun 28-Jun-15 23:05:11

why is rowing so important to these elite universities?

annandale Sun 28-Jun-15 23:19:25

Southeast, in the past because it was a manly classical sport that would stop the softening of the male elite from too much studying. Now, lottery funding.

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DoctorDonnaNoble Mon 29-Jun-15 05:34:07

Reading is also good for rowing, possible insurance choice? They have (had) a variety of zoology type courses.

TurnOverTheTv Mon 29-Jun-15 05:53:06

Durham is fab

Candycoco Mon 29-Jun-15 06:12:49

Where do Warwick row? Because Warwick uni is actually in Coventry and there's no river there

gonegrey56 Mon 29-Jun-15 06:17:55

Oxford Brookes is outstanding for rowing, and offer scholarships. No idea about academic courses though, something you need to check . The men's 8 ( students) won Henley last year .

Decorhate Mon 29-Jun-15 06:22:03

Zazas why do you say there is no rowing at Surrey? Friends dd is there & seems to be spending most of summer at Henley with her rowing team!

Kez100 Mon 29-Jun-15 06:26:27

Loughborough having rowing but I think they go to Nottingham to do it?

catslife Mon 29-Jun-15 08:05:20

Bristol university do offer rowing (have male and female teams) as well as a vet school (also have Zoology degrees too).
Annual public events e.g. Bristol boat race at the harbourside (Bristol uni versus UWE).

homebythesea Mon 29-Jun-15 08:19:41

There us definitely rowing in Guildford - I used to live next to the river. It may be Guildford RC rather than a purely student club?

senua Mon 29-Jun-15 09:00:15

My DD2 (just finishing y10) takes her rowing v seriously and is determined to continue at university.

A word of warning.
At a similar age I would have said similar things about DS: he was very keen on and very good at his sport. Scroll on a few years and he hardly plays now. He was fed up with getting up at 6:30 for training but, more to the point, he has realised that the competition is immense. His University has about 24,000 undergraduates: take out half of them (the opposite sex), take out 99% who aren't interested and that still leaves you competing against 119 other people for that spot in the team. He didn't fancy paying hundreds of pounds and missing out on partying to possibly play Thirds or Fourths.
He works out at the gym instead these days.

zazas Mon 29-Jun-15 14:22:33

Decorhate - I stand corrected. Although in fairness we did request the prospectus where we didn't find any specific information on it nor did we find it easy to locate on the website. With my DD being adamant that rowing had to be a main part of her university life, she just felt that other universities were offering more to her in this area (rightly or wrongly). She is pretty involved in the sport and would like to be training up to 6 days a week - so probably a bit overly concerned about the extent of university rowing smile

HaleMary Mon 29-Jun-15 14:24:51

Does she specifically want to row in university boats? Because if she's not fussed, there are of course lots of good non-university rowing clubs, too. When I was at Oxford, several friends rowed for a town club rather than within the university.

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