Strathclyde Sport2020-21 Performance Sport Scholars

The University of Strathclyde is delighted to announce its 50 Performance Sport Scholars for the 2020/21 academic year.

This year sees the most supported number of Sport Scholars and spread of sports in its 29th year of the Programme running.

The Programme

Performance Sport Scholars are provided with a comprehensive support package equating to a cash equivalent of up to £4,750 per year funded through generous donations from the University of Strathclyde Alumni Community.

Scholarships are staggered by a Bronze, Silver and Gold package system, with all Scholars receiving a network of support from across the University.

This support includes flexible academic study options, strength and conditioning services at a world class facility, world-class sports science and medical support, athlete lifestyle support workshops, and financial assistance towards training and competition costs.

The Scholars

Sport and Physical Activity student Alex Dunn (badminton) and Mechanical Engineering student Alessandro Schenini (athletics) have been awarded The Dr Jack Dunlop Elite Athlete Scholarship.

Dr Jack Dunlop graduated from the University of Strathclyde with an undergraduate degree (with honours; 1977) and PhD (1980), both in the field of Chemistry and has been a long-term supporter of Sport at the University.

Mathematics and Statistics student Calum Young will receive The Professor David C. Sherrington FRS Sports Award to assist his triathlon development.

The award was established to commemorate Professor David C. Sherrington FRS, a former Professor of Polymer Chemistry in Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde and avid sports enthusiast.

This year’s Gold Scholars are windsurfer Andy Brown, athlete Fraser Angus and cyclist Mark Stewart, who won gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.


Joining them are Netball Scholars Niamh McCall, Beth Goodwin and newcomer Emma Barrie who all play for the Strathclyde Sirens, with the University of Strathclyde looking forward to going into its third year of partnership with the Sirens.

Current club captain of the University’s netball team, Catriona Macdonald, has also been awarded a scholarship this year.

Netball Scotland and the Strathclyde Sirens have been partners of the University of Strathclyde since 2018 and the pathway that has been put in both place continues to be extremely successful with three of the five netball scholars this year representing their country at the 2019 Netball World Cup.


Last year saw the introduction of a rUK Sport Scholarship to the Programme, which is directly funded by the student’s faculty. Rugby Union player George Breese is this year’s recipient. George won his first cap age-grade in the opening round of the 2020 U20 Six Nations.

Other rugby scholars joining George on the programme include the son of Scotland Head Coach Gregor Townsend, Christian, and professional Glasgow Warriors players Jamie Dobie and Rufus McLean.

The University of Strathclyde announced last year that its successful partnership with the Glasgow Warriors had been extended until 2022.

Take a look at our full list of 2020/21 Performance Sport Scholars.

2021-22 prospective students can apply for scholarships by completing the following online application form by 09.00 GMT on Friday 8th January 2021: