According to a recent study, reported in the Times Higher Education this week, 55% of all the athletes in team GB are university graduates, or currently studying for their degree. This is higher than the overall UK population participation rate of 49%.
The research also points out that a fifth of team GB studied at just five universities, and that within some sports, such as hockey, the level of degree attainment in team GB is 90%. Read the full report here.
The University of East London is proud of our own student athletes on team GB for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Gemma Gibbons, a graduate student at UEL has won a silver medal in judo. We will also be cheering for Ali Jawad who will be powerlifting in the Paralympics.
For a complete run down of UEL’s talented student athletes, please click here.