Swimming Performance Programme

Our Performance Programme

The University of Edinburgh Swimming Programme prides itself on developing individuals with potential and a positive attitude into performance athletes. The programme is aimed at serious athletes who compete at a national and international level. In return for your dedication and hard work, we will offer you world-class training facilities and support to allow you to be the best you can be.

  • 3 Full time coaches
  • Full-time Strength & Conditioning support
  • Academic support and flexibility
  • Performance lifestyle support
  • Nutritional advice
  • Physiology support from the University and Scottish Institute of Sport
  • Technical analysis
  • Mental skills training and assistance
  • Access to the world-renowned FASIC Sport & Exercise Medicine Clinic
  • Performance and technique analysis for racing and training

UK Anti Doping- Clean Sport Policy

The University of Edinburgh is a UK Anti-Doping accredited institution. We are fully committed to clean sport principles and educating all of our athletes in applying these principles correctly. Please feel free to read through our Clean Sport Policy below.

Studying at Edinburgh

Edinburgh mixes architectural beauty and history with a lively, fun environment and has regularly been voted as one of the most desirable places to live in the world. As part of our Performance Programme, you will develop your athletic and academic skills in tandem, competing for one of the United Kingdom’s best sporting higher education institutions and studying at a university that is consistently ranked in the top 50 in the world:

  • Over 650 degree programmes
  • Flexible study
  • Ranked 10th in the UK for graduate employability by the Times Higher Education, Global Employability Ranking 2018
  • An international university, with just under half of our students representing 180 nations across the world

Competitions and Successes

Our well-established performance swimming programme has helped to produce Olympic, Paralympic, World, European and Commonwealth medal winners. We regularly feature in world class competitions in Scotland, Europe and beyond.

International Honours

  • Olympic Games: Nick Quinn (2016), Yvette Kong (2016), Geo Butler (2016)
  • Paralympic Games: Craig Rodgie (2012), James Clegg (2012)
  • World Championships Long Course: Monique Olivier (2017, 2019), Nick Quinn (2017), Geo Butler (2015), Yvette Kong (2015), Louise Henley (2009)
  • World Championships Short Course: Monique Olivier (2016), Geo Butler (2014)
  • World University Games: Kathryn Greenslade (2017, 2019), David Cumberlidge (2017, 2019), Jack Thorpe (2017), Lucy Hope (2017), Nick Quinn (2015, 2017), Kathryn Johnstone (2015), Lib White (2015), Calum Tait (2015), Caitlin McClatchey (2013)
  • European Championships Long Course: Lucy Hope (2016, 2018), Kathryn Greenslade (2018), Monique Olivier (2018), Nick Quinn (2014, 2016)
  • European Championships Short Course: Monique Olivier (2019), Kathryn Greenslade (2017)
  • South East Asian Games: Daniel Lim (2017, 2019)
  • Commonwealth Games: Lucy Hope (2018), Euan Ingles (2018), Dan Wallace (2018), Lizzie Simmonds (2018), Jack Thorpe (2014, 2018), Kieran McGuckin (2014, 2018), Corrie Scott (2014, 2018), Calum Tait (2014, 2018), Caitlin McClatchey (2014), Sian Morgan (2014), Andrea Strachan (2014), Richard Schaffers (2014), Craig Rodgie (2014), Kathy Johnstone (2014, 2010), Kerry Buchan (2010), Louise Pate (2010)

Meet the Coach

Head of Swimming, Chris Jones established the University of Edinburgh Swimming Performance Programme in 2008. During his time, the swimming programme has produced many extremely successful athletes.

Chris is a UKCC Level 5 licensed coach with a wealth of knowledge. Some of his coaching successes are:

  • Coach at the 2010, 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games for Team Scotland
  • Coach for two European Championships (2016, Ireland Team and 2018, GB Team)
  • GB Team Coach for European Junior Championships 2016 and European Short Course 2019
  • 2016 Olympic Games Coach (Ireland)
  • Coach for the two World University Games in 2013 and 2015
  • Coached countless individuals to Olympic, Paralympic, World, European, Commonwealth and World University Games competition.

Meet the Coach

Mat Trodden joined Edinburgh University in 2014 after a successful stint at East Lothian where the team became one of the top performing clubs in the country producing Paralympic medallists and Commonwealth Games athletes. During his time at East Lothian he also completed a Masters in Strength and Conditioning at the University of Edinburgh. Mat brings a creative style to his coaching which is centred round the athlete and how to get the best out of them.

  • Coached at the 2014 Commonwealth Games
  • Coached at the 2017 and 2019 World University Games
  • Coached 20+ Senior National Records
  • Athletes competing at Commonwealth Games, European Championships and World Championships

Meet the Coach

Ross Paul Douglas is in his second year as a Performance Coach for University of Edinburgh. He has been coaching since retiring from competitive swimming in 2014. He started his coaching journey as an Assistant Coach at Hamilton Aquatics, Dubai thereafter moving to North Ayrshire ASC to become Head Coach.

Ross is a UKCC Level 3 certified coach and holds a sport science degree. Some of his coaching successes are:

  • Successful development of age group swimmers into senior university programmes
  • British and Scottish National medallists
  • Coached at Geneva International Meet with Scottish Youth Squad
  • Involvement with Scottish Swimming across all national plan levels
  • Worked with athletes from over 20 different countries

Meet the Athlete

Name: Tain Bruce

"I am always proud to represent the University of Edinburgh and can't speak highly enough of the university for the support they have afforded me."

Course: MA Accounting and Business

Achievements: Scottish Record Holder and National Champion

Meet the Athlete

Name: David Cumberlidge

"Edinburgh has always been highly supportive of me throughout my swimming career and have given me opportunities that I wouldn't have been able to get elsewhere. Thanks to the University of Edinburgh I have been able to realise my dreams of achieving high level success at international competitions."

Course: Postgraduate Engineering

Achievements: Gold Medallist in 50m Freestyle at FISU World University Games 2019. Silver Medallist at Commonwealth Games 2018 in 4x100m Freestyle Relay for England.

Our Facilities & Expertise

We utilise a combination of both long course and short course training facilities, with access to Edinburgh's city centre 50m Royal Commonwealth Pool as well as our University owned, state of the art 25m pool at St Leonard’s Land. St Leonard's is also the home and research facility for the University's Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences (ISPEHS). All squads have access to technical analysis and benefit from up to 20 hours of pool time each week.

Strength and Conditioning and other land sessions take place in the bespoke Performance Gym based at the Pleasance Sports Complex and Gym. The Pleasance boasts a number of other cross-training opportunities including spinning and climbing.

FASIC is our world-leading Sport and Exercise medicine clinic and provides sports medicine support for the team in conjunction with Sport Scotland Institute of Sport.

Our events calendar and training camp opportunities vary year on year.


We offer a number of named scholarships available through the application process.

Eric Liddell High Performance Scholarships: Created in memory of one of the University’s sporting greats to help our most talented student athletes attain their sporting ambitions.

The University of Edinburgh Elite Athlete Scholarship Fund: Awarded to support talented student athletes with the purpose of enhancing their dual career (academic and sporting) ambitions and positioning the University as the UK’s foremost Higher Education Institution for performance sport.

The University of Edinburgh is also part of the Winning Students Network, which provides financial scholarships from the Scottish Funding Council to support student athletes.

More information click here.

We are always looking for ambitious, academic athletes to realise their potential with us. Some useful links with information on our access policy, scholarships and fees & funding can be found below:

We look forward to welcoming the next generation of performance swimmers to our Performance Programme.

Email our Performance Swimming account to start the conversation about your application:


Created with images by Jonathan Ricci - "Victoria Street, Edinburgh, Scotland" • Zaini Izzuddin - "untitled image" • rawpixel - "laptop document paper" Additional photography: Mihaela Bodlovic