NSE Winter 2021 university esports winners announced: Warwick, Staffordshire and Loughborough named the UK’s best this year


National Student Esports (NSE) has announced the winners of the British University Esports Championship Winter (BUEC) 2021, as well as the top universities in esports this year.

98 universities are fighting to be crowned Esports University of the Year, which will happen at the end of spring 2022. And the same two are leading the pack: the University of Warwick in first place and Staffordshire University in second.

Loughborough University rose to third place after finishing sixth last winter.

The University of Manchester has been named the most improved university, with UoM Esports placing 46th last year and now currently in 16th, as announced in this BUEC Winter 2021 wrap-up post on the NSE website.

There are also five new universities in the top ten: Swansea University, the University of Birmingham, University of Exeter, University of the West of England and the University of Bath.

“A lot of people may put down our success to just luck of the draw when it comes to players, but the results show more than that.”

Josh ‘Phosphorescent’ Mankelow, Warwick Esports

Earlier this year, Warwick were crowned NSE’s UK Esports University of the Year for the third year in a row.

Warwick also sent Esports News UK further info, saying that they had (across both the NSE and NUEL tournaments) 18 top eight teams and 14 top four teams out of 20 tournaments.

Josh ‘Phosphorescent’ Mankelow, president of Warwick Esports, commented: “A lot of people may put down our success to just luck of the draw when it comes to players, but the results show more than that.

“Having fielded these magnitudes of wins for more than three years now, we can now really flex the weight of our institutional advantage: the ethos that we build for our players and our teams and the support that we can give them to reach their fullest potential.

“In fact, the latest points table shows that our advantage over the other top universities doesn’t come from the number of teams we have, but from the quality of our top teams, with so many making it so far into each and every tournament. Every player at Warwick is playing to maximise their individual point contribution and that’s really hard for other unis to compete with.”

We list the current top universities and recent winners below:

BUEC Winter 2021 Winners

  • CSGO: Rush Bee (University of Manchester)
  • Dota 2: UCl Instant Reflex (University College London)
  • League of Legends: Grey Warwick (University of Warwick)
  • Overwatch: Portsmouth Paladins (University Of Portsmouth)
  • Rainbow Six Siege: Lovebros (Loughborough University)
  • Rocket League: Keele Krackens (Keele University)
  • Valorant: KCL Lions (King’s College London)
  • Super Smash Bros teams: Where are our pins (University of Exeter)
  • Super Smash Bros single player cups – October: Phillip Chamberlain (Staffordshire University)
  • Super Smash Bros single player cups – November: Sabahodin Sharaf (University of Westminster)
  • TFT cups – October: WLoughran (Northumbria University)
  • TFT cups – November: Temlozz (University of Birmingham)
  • GT Championship: Angus Fender (Oxford Brookes University)
  • F1 2021 Championship: Lewis Grant-Smith (London South Bank University)
  • Melty Blood: Large Lad (University of Hull)
  • Guilty Gear Strive: Lament (University of East Anglia)
  • Tekken: Tahuru (University of Warwick)

Best Regional Esports Universities (Winter 2021)

  • Best in Scotland: Heriot-Watt University
  • Best in Wales: Swansea University
  • Best in Northern Ireland: Queen’s University Belfast
  • Best in England: Warwick University
  • Best in London: University College London

Current BUEC Point Table Top 5

  1. University of Warwick – 2,037
  2. Staffordshire University – 1,365
  3. Loughborough University – 1,023
  4. University of Southampton – 985
  5. Swansea University – 955

Click here to see the NSE’s full BUEC Points Table.

NSE will be back with sign-up announcements coming in January 2022.

We’ll also have the NUEL’s winners list over the next few days and will run this in a separate article.

Further reading:

  • Warwick Uni to host ‘one of a kind’ competitive speed typing tournament, with LAN finals taking place in January
  • Staffordshire win first UK University Hearthstone League, a new tournament formed by Warwick students after NSE dropped its championship