University Divisions

Ultimate is a strong, well represented sport at University level with over 80 HE institutions taking part each year in a programme that offers competition in the disciplines of Mixed, Women's & Open and caters for beginners & experienced players alike. A typical season will see some 20 tournaments organised, both Indoors & Outdoors, on a regional & national basis.

For news, announcements and discussions of the University division please see the UniUltimate e-group or by joining the regional facebook groups which can be found on the staying informed page.

Universities play a very important role in the development of the Ultimate and each year hundreds of new students get hooked on this fantastic sport. Indeed many of the top players on the UK circuit had to wait until arriving at University to get their first taste of the game.

Ultimate is an official sport of the British Colllege and Universities Sports (BUCS), with both Mens and Womens Indoor and Open Outdoor Nationals worth BUCS points to the eight highest ranking institutions.


For more information about BUCS, please see their website.


If you would like to contact someone regarding University Ultimate please see the University Coordinators Committee page to see who to get in touch with.

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Past results in National University competitions:





























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Past results in National University Open competitions (Gold, Silver, Bronze):


Mens Indoors: Strathclyde, Glasgow, Birmingham 

Mens Outdoors: Bath, St Andrews, Strathclyde


Mens Indoors: St Andrews, Sussex, Dundee 

Mens Outdoors: Sussex, Bath, Glasgow



Mens Indoors: Birmingham, Manchester, St Andrews 

Mens Outdoors: Nottingham, Glasgow, Birmingham



Mens Indoors: Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester

Open Outdoors: Birmingham, Dundee, Manchester



Indoors: Cambridge, Glasgow, Birmingham

Outdoors: Cambridge, Sussex, Manchester



Indoors: Dundee, Manchester, Birmingham

Outdoors: Cork, Edinburgh, Birmingham

Indoors: Exeter, Manchester, Dundee
Outdoors: Sussex, Cork, Bristol

IndoorsSussex, Edinburgh, Manchester
Outdoors: Sussex, Cambridge, Edinburgh

Indoors: Portsmouth, Manchester, Edinburgh
Outdoors: Portsmouth, Edinburgh, Warwick

Indoors: Edinburgh, Cardiff, Warwick
Outdoors: Warwick, Portsmouth, Loughborough

Indoors: Edinburgh, Warwick, Brunel
Outdoors: Cardiff, Cambridge, Bristol 


Past results in National University Women's competitions (Gold, Silver, Bronze):


Womens Indoors: Edinburgh, Strathcylde, Bath

Womens Outdoors: Edinburgh, UCL, Bath



Womens Indoors: Chichester, KCL, Birmingham

Womens Outdoors: UCL, Oxford, Edinburgh



Womens Indoors: Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow

Womens Outdoors: Birmingham, Exeter, Newcastle



Womens Indoors: Loughborough, Birmingham, Edinburgh

Womens Outdoors: Oxford, Birmingham, Loughborough



Indoors: Dundee, Birmingham, Edinburgh

Outdoors: Bangor, Durham, Birmingham



Indoors: Dundee, Aberdeen, Cork
Outdoors: Sussex, Edinburgh, Newcastle


Indoors: Edinburgh, Trinity, York
Outdoors: Sussex, Southampton, York


Indoors: Edinburgh, Warwick, Exeter
Outdoors: Sussex, Cambridge, St Andrews


Indoors: Exeter, Chichester, Glasgow
Outdoors: Warwick, St Andrews, Sussex 


Indoors: Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Warwick
Outdoors: Sussex, Newcastle, Warwick


Indoors: Dublin City, Edinburgh, Southampton
Outdoors: Bristol, Loughborough & Nottingham, Oxford



Past results in National University Mixed competitions (Gold, Silver, Bronze):


Mixed Indoors: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester

Mixed Outdoors: Event hit by snow cancellation



Mixed Indoors: Glasgow, Leeds, Birmingham

Mixed Outdoors: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Strathcylde



Mixed Indoors: Birmingham, Dundee, Oxford

Mixed Outdoors: Birmingham, Glasgow, Dundee



Mixed Indoors: Birmingham, Loughborough, Warwick

Mixed Outdoors: Birmingham, Dundee, Heriot-Watt



Mixed Indoors: Birmingham, Warwick, Durham

Mixed Outdoors: Birmingham, Dundee, Bristol


Mixed Indoors: Sussex, Surrey, Dundee
Mixed Outdoors: Edinburgh, Leicester, Sussex

Mixed Indoors: Cork, Portsmouth, Sussex
Mixed Outdoors: Southampton, Loughborough, Manchester

Mixed Indoors: Warwick, Sussex, Exeter
Mixed Outdoors: Sussex, Warwick, St Andrews

Mixed Indoors: Glasgow, Exeter, Warwick
Mixed Outdoors: Warwick, Manchester, ?


Mixed Indoors: Warwick, Cardiff, Aberdeen
Mixed Outdoors: Warwick, Cambridge, Nottingham


Mixed Indoors: Edinburgh, Warwick, Manchester
Mixed Outdoors: Warwick, St Andrews, Leeds



The University Year

For upcoming University Events see here, though this can be spotty if people forget to create events. Regardless, when decided the calendar, and locations, are announced via the regional facebook groups.

The following is for the academic year 2019-20:

(Format: [University] [Open/Mixed/Womens] [Indoor] [Regionals/Nationals])

University Mixed Indoor Regionals - 26/27 October 2019

University Mens Indoor Regionals - 16/17 November 2019

University Womens Indoor Regionals - 24/25 November 2019

University Mixed Indoor Nationals - 30 November/1 December 2019

University Womens Indoor Nationals - 8/9 February 2020

University Mens Indoor Nationals - 15/16 February 2020

University Mens and Womens Outdoor Nationals - 4/5 April 2020

University Mixed Outdoor Nationals - 13/14 June 2020


You can see venue information by checking the event pages on the calendar.


*Events* are provisional dates.

University Coordinators Committee

The UKU University Coordinators Committee is responsible for the administration of University Ultimate: they oversee the tournament allocation process for Regionals and Nationals, enforce rostering rules, adjudicate any eligibility questions, and aid the Regional development of Ultimate.

In addition to the following members, the committee includes Si Hill (as Admin) and Chris White (as DoC), and may co-opt additional people on a year-to-year basis:


Emily Powell is the current University Coordinator. If you have any questions about University Ultimate in general he is an excellent person to contact.


Ashley Robinson is the current Women's Coordinator. If you have any questions relating to Womens she is your first point of contact.


Tanya Fozzard is the Mixed Coordinator. Anything to do with Mixed, is hers to work with.


Dave Halls is the Open/Mens Coordinator.


There are four Regional Coordinators, representing Scotland, the North, the East and the West. The contact addresses are provided below: - Ivan Mladjenovic - position vacant - Jake Lloyd - Iain Campbell

UKU University Coordinator (in the chair)

The UKU University Coordinator is a full member of the UKU Board.

The University Coordinator should be the main point of contact for new University or College teams and for related official enquires.

The Coordinator should act as the chair for the UKU University Committee, leading discussion and ensuring its productivity. The Coordinator should support the Regional Coordinators in their duties.

Through liaison with the UKU Director of Competitions, attempts should be made to schedule the major UKU University tournaments around the other major UKU tournaments to enable the more talented University players to compete in more than one division.

The University Coordinator will be responsible for agreeing format and scheduling of UKU University tournaments, as well as ensuring a standardised process of tournament bidding and dealing with any irregularities that arise.

The University Coordinator is responsible for making seeding decisions at the major University events (this should be merely a matter of applying the accepted algorithm).

The University Coordinator should ensure that the resources available to University teams (risk assessments, code of conducts, applications for funding, etc) are kept up to date and are well publicised.

Nearing the end of their tenure, the Coordinator is responsible for advertising the AGM and chairing it or arranging for a replacement Chair.

The Coordinator is appointed by a majority vote at the University Ultimate AGM.

The current University Coordinator is Emily Powell. You can contact her at

National Women's Coordinator

The National Women's Coordinator takes the lead role in developing and encouraging the Womens game across the country & represents the interests of female players within the UKU University Committee.

Specific tasks including:

  • Participating in the organisation of the University Womens Indoor and Outdoor Nationals (the bidding process, seedings).
  • General promotion of the Women's sport to University clubs.

The National Womens Coordinator should support the Regional Coordinators in their duties.

The National Womens Coordinator is appointed by a majority vote. The current Womens Coordinator is Megan Price. You can contact her at

Mixed Coordinator

The National Mixed Coordinator takes the lead role in developing and encouraging the Mixed game across the country and representing the mixed game within the UKU University Committee.

Specific tasks including:

  • Participating in the organisation of the University Mixed Indoor and Outdoor Nationals (the bidding process, seedings).
  • General promotion of the Mixed division to University clubs.

The National Mixed Coordinator is appointed by a majority vote. The current Mixed Coordinator is Tanya Fozzard. You can contact her at

Four Regional Coordinators

The following four regions each has a representative on the committee:


The North

The East

The West


Regional Coordinators perform the same role across the country as follows:

The Regional Coordinator is responsible for passing news/developments/decisions to their region's University clubs.

He/She is also responsible for gathering information from the region's clubs to help the committee make informed decisions on University Ultimate.

The Regional Coordinator is responsible for promoting Ultimate and encouraging development in the area, this involves:

  • Getting bids for major events from local teams
  • Encouraging and assisting Universities running "fun" tournaments
  • Organising and selecting bids for Regional qualifiers
  • Assisting any developing clubs within their region
  • Leading a group of volunteers in running a regional league (where appropriate)

The Regional Coordinator should also act as a secondary point of contact after the University Coordinator, dealing with matters relevant to their region.

University Tournament & Eligibility Rules

The UKU University regulations were drawn up inline with the eligibility rules of the British Universities and College Sports (BUCS) [see here].


Full UKU Tournament Rules (and the Event Specific Appendix for University Ultimate) can be found HERE.

These include information about:

  • Membership & Eligibility
  • Entering Events
  • Rosters
  • Squad Sizes
  • Tie Breakers for Pools
  • Kit
  • UKU University Regions
  • BUCS Events
A submission to change the Ultimate sport-specific BUCS regulations was accepted in time for the 2019-20 season. More info on that can be found here.

Uni Eligibility FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions regarding Uni eligibility.

If you have any specific questions or request a clarification feel free to contact your Regional Coordinator on the University Committee.


My institution does not have an ultimate team, can I play with another one?

You may be  permitted to compete with your next most sensibly-nearest institution's Ultimate team for non-BUCS events ( the Mixed division, but not in the Mens or Womens Indoors or Outdoors divisions). However teams should not look to outside students as a matter of course; it would be infinitely preferable for them to explore every means of finding players from their own University before they start exploring pickups from other Universities. As a rule of thumb, if your most sensibly-nearest institution does not need you to play with them, then you cannot.

The specific criteria is attached in a document at the bottom of this page.

I'm a part time/postdoc student, can I play?

Maybe. If your institution's registrar has you down as being a part time (60 credits/year) or full time (120 credits/year) student then yes you may compete. For cases that do not involve a credit based system, part time is defined as at least 50% of the full time course hours. Postdocs is more on a case-by-case basis, as to whether the University considers you students or not. Ask the committee and they'll look into the possibilities.

I'm a visiting student at another institution, can I play for them?

You may only compete with one institution per academic year. Provided that the visiting institution's registrar classifies you as a student and you have not competed for your original institution this academic year then yes, you may compete with your visiting institution.

I'm graduating this year, can I play?

Masters or PhD students (as it often is) who finish their course and graduate part way through the academic year may play only for the part of the academic year they are registered with their institution for, they must also fulfill the usual criteria (i.e completing 60 credits or equivalent in that academic year) for eligibility.

I'm a member of staff at an institution, can I play?

No, you're not a student.

I'm a graduate from an institution and am allowed to be an associate member and train with the team, can I play?

No, you're not a student.

Do I need to buy individual membership to compete at Regionals?

Yes, everyone playing at Uni Regionals (in any division) needs to hold valid at least basic UKU membership.

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BUCS League

From 2015/16, Men's Outdoors will be contested via weekly league matches, in 5 regions, as detailed in this document.


Spirit Link for 2018-19:
For the details on how Spirit of the Game will be managed for BUCS games, please see this announcement from the University Committee and Spirit of Game Committee.


So, what should you expect if you've just joined your University club? Definitely a few good nights out and a few heavy mornings in the first few weeks of term. Each club has their favourites from pub crawls and pub golf to the three pint challenge, the traditional Ultimate drinking game. Most clubs organise socials throughout the year so if you want to join a club for the drinking you couldn't do any better than Ultimate!

Pretty soon you'll be lucky enough to attend a tournament. In all likelihood, this will be an Indoors Beginners event sometime in October. Each tournament has a party on Saturday night where, after having played Ultimate all day, everyone lets off a bit of steam! If it's your first tournament you'll notice the standard of Ultimate drop slightly on Sunday morning. You might think this strange but it's pretty much the same at every tournament the world over...

Unless it happens to be near your home town you'll be spending the whole weekend away, and probably kipping on someone's floor. To that end, here's a useful list of things to take with you.

Tournament Essentials (& desirables!)

All tournaments


  • First & second shirt or Light & Dark
  • Shorts

 Various medicines:

  • Arnica
  • Deep Heat
  • Freeze spray
  • Gauze
  • Ibuprofen
  • Paracetamol
  • Plasters
  • Savlon
  • Tubigrip

 Sleeping Bag
 Water bottle
 Towel and toiletries.
 Eveningwear stuff

 Non-marking trainers
 Knee/elbow pads

 Boots/Astros, visor/hat, suncream, aftersun