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Higher Education (Degree) Men's Rugby Union

Higher Education (Degree) Men's Rugby Union

Bishop Burton is the leading rugby union college in East Yorkshire.

The Senior Academy compete in BUCS (British University and Colleges Sport), in the Premier North 1A League, with our goal to be promoted into the BUCS Super League.

The Programme

Players in the academy system at Bishop Burton get a high quality programme balanced with their academic commitments.

Players receive skill and unit field sessions, strength and conditioning, video analysis, team meetings and various additional sessions to improve their knowledge and performance in the game.

Entry Criteria

Prospective academy players must have applied for a course at Bishop Burton to be eligible for selection. Academic entry requirements are available in our course information.

Sporting selection is undertaken through a pre-season trial and applications to the Director of Rugby Union.Senior Academy players will normally have had regional / county honours, academy experience or have been playing at a high standard of adult rugby.

The criteria is not exclusive and all applications are considered. There are also other rugby union teams below the academy programme.If you wish to apply, or want any further information, please contact Director of Rugby, Mike Umaga, by emailing

Partnered with RFU

Bishop Burton is one of only 14 official University Partners with the RFU, working together to support and grow the game.

Our Champions

Name: George Thornton
Studied: FdSc Sport, Exercise Science and Health
"As a former Bishop Burton College student, I'm now a professional player with Wasps. I developed my all-round game during my time with the Men’s Academy, under the coaching of Director of Rugby, Mike Umaga. I represented the Scotland U20 squad at the 2017 Junior World Cup."

Partnered with Yorkshire Carnegie

Bishop Burton is an official RFU education partner with Yorkshire Carnegie Rugby Club, providing opportunities for students to progress through its Achieving Academic and Sporting Excellence (AASE) programme.