Since joining UWS as Principal & Vice-Chancellor in 2013, Professor Mahoney has had a transformational impact on the University, taking a pioneering approach to student experience and wellbeing, including in the field of sport.
Under his leadership, UWS’ sports and exercise science programme achieved a 100 per cent student satisfaction rating in the 2019 National Student Survey and, in a sector-first for Scotland, the University introduced free memberships to UWS gyms for all students in a move to improve wellbeing and ensure students have the opportunity to get more active.
As an internationally-recognised sports psychologist, Professor Craig Mahoney champions university sport on the world stage. He is passionate about inclusivity in activity and the connection between sport and mental wellbeing.
Professor Mahoney has published widely in the areas of children’s fitness, health, sport, exercise, performance and education, and as well as his role as Principal & Vice-Chancellor of UWS, he is also a Board member of SportScotland and a former leading international squash player, having coached and managed squash teams across the globe.
His selection as Chair of BUCS further demonstrates Professor Mahoney’s commitment to promoting the importance of sport in higher education.
Professor Mahoney said: “It is a fantastic honour to be chosen to become Chair of BUCS – an organisation I have both admired and supported throughout my career. It is an exceptionally exciting time for university sport, and sport in general in the UK, as Britain continues to grow its presence and impact on the world stage.
“Ensuring more students have access to the endless opportunities sport can present is a vision I share wholeheartedly with BUCS. Sport, indeed any form of physical activity, has significant benefits throughout a student’s time in education, not only by having a positive impact on their mental wellbeing, but also in promoting inclusivity, helping them strive to achieve their goals, become a team player and engage with fellow students and coaches.