The first rowing event of the UK university sports season gets sculling in the 2022-23 Indoor and Adaptive Rowing Series.

The first rowing event of the UK university sports season gets sculling in the 2022-23 Indoor and Adaptive Rowing Series.

The University Indoor and Adaptive Rowing Series (UIARS) see’s rowers from universities across the country compete in a number of exciting indoor rowing events.

Ten events will take place at university campuses around the UK over the course of eight days as rowers from over 70 university boat clubs compete in four different Championship events.

Starting on Saturday 5th of November, the event which is aimed at both new and existing student rowers will run until Sunday the 13th of November.

In our preview, we take a look at what the University Indoor Rowing Series is and which Championships will be fought for over the next week.

What is the University Indoor and Adaptive Rowing Series?

The University Indoor and Adaptive Rowing Series is a multi-discipline event run by BUCS and supported by the British Rowing governing body.

This is the first of three UK University rowing events across the season.

British Rowing

The series is held annually every November and allows university rowing clubs from across the UK the opportunity to compete outside of the water during the winter months.

The time trial competition will see all levels of rower, from beginner to experienced, compete across four Championship events as university boat clubs challenge for the first medals of the UK university rowing season.

Categories of Competition

Men’s and Women’s rowers compete in four Championship disciplines: Beginner (1km), Lightweight (2km), Open Weight (2km), and Adaptive (1km).



A beginner in rowing is classed as anybody who has taken up the sport after 1 June 2022. Anyone who has taken up the sport before this date will not be eligible for the beginner category. Beginner’s throughout the competition compete at a shorter distance of 1km.

Championship Lightweight


The Lightweight Competition is contested by male rowers weighing 75kg or less and women’s rowers weighing 61.5kg or less. 

Time trial races in the Lightweight Competition are raced over the full 2km distance.

Championship Open Weight


The Championship Openweight competition is open to rowers above the set weights of 75kg (Men’s) and 61.5k (Women’s).

Similarly to the Championship Lightweight competition, the Open Weight is raced over a distance of 2km.

Championship Adaptive


Adaptive is a term for rowers who participate with a disability. Adaptive rowing is possible using specially designed equipment, adapted rowing strokes, or different methods of communication. As with the Beginners Championship, Adaptive races are also contested over the shorter distance of 1km.

Schedule of Events

Host Date Venue
GB Rowing Team Senior & U23 Open Trial 5th Nov Boston, Lincolnshire
Dundee University 5th Nov Institute of Sport and Exercise, University of Dundee
University of Surrey  5th Nov Austin Pearce Building, University of Surrey Stag Hill campus
University of Leeds 5th Nov The Edge Sports Centre, University of Leeds
Cardiff University 6th Nov Great Hall, Cardiff University
University of Hertfordshire 6th Nov Broxbourne Rowing Club
Queens University Belfast 9th Nov Queens Belfast
University of Leicester 12th Nov University of Leicester
Durham University 12th Nov The Graham Sports Centre, Durham
University of Birmingham 13th Nov University of Birmingham Sports and Fitness Centre

How to follow the event

You can follow the event on social media by searching the hashtags; #UIARS or #GoRowIndoor and check out how the rowers are getting on as they compete for BUCS Points and the three medals on offer!

Learn more about UK University Rowing

University rowing clubs around the UK offer students of all ability levels the chance to compete in some capacity. Whether you are an experienced rower seeking the opportunity to compete at the highest level alongside your university degree, or simply want to get involved with the sport for the first time, we can help!

Learn more about rowing at the UK university level via the link below.

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