In July 2021, we launched MadeAtUni: Energising Places alongside British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) to highlight the role universities play in improving lives through sport and physical activity.
Following concerns over the impact of the Covid-19 on the nation’s activity levels, Energising Places showcases how communities across the UK benefit from universities’ sports facilities and innovative research.
The campaign has been backed by Olympian Dame Katherine Grainger, who believes UK universities are vital to the country’s post-pandemic health and wellbeing recovery.
The pandemic has disrupted all areas of life, and our physical and mental wellbeing has suffered a great deal. The role universities play in bringing communities together to get fitter, healthier and happier will be more important than ever in the months and years ahead as we emerge and recover from Covid-19.
Dame Katherine Grainger
From 2016 to 2018 universities invested £350 million in their sports facilities. With traditional leisure opportunities threatened by the economic impact of Covid-19, campuses and university staff are well placed to support government efforts to get the nation active again.