Uni Challenge dream still alive


The University of Manchester is still on track to achieve an unprecedented third successive University Challenge title.

Manchester stormed into the quarter finals last night, with a convincing 325-110 win over Queens’ College, Cambridge.

It’s the ninth year in a row that Manchester has reached the quarter finals of the TV contest.

The University of Manchester has had a remarkable run in recent history, having won the title four times in the last eight years: 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2013.

This year's team is captained by Elizabeth Mitchell from Birmingham (studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics), and also includes Jonathan Collings from Manchester (studying Geography), Joe Day from Bideford in Devon (studying Physics with Astrophysics) and Edward Woudhuysen from London (studying History). Elizabeth was first reserve for last year’s successful quartet.

Jonathan was Manchester’s most valuable player last night, winning an incredible nine starter questions.

Manchester’s love affair with the TV show is largely due to long-serving coach Stephen Pearson, who has enjoyed considerable success with University Challenge having captained the team himself in 1996.  The media has already dubbed the modest librarian the ‘Alex Ferguson’ of the quiz world,

More than 120 universities enter the show every year, and it remains the UK’s longest-running quiz show. But Manchester’s history in the competition has not been without controversy – in 1975 the Manchester team staged a protest against what they saw as the show’s elitist bias towards Oxbridge, which allows separate colleges to enter. They answered ‘Marx’ or ‘Trotsky’ to everything.

The University of Manchester team will return to our screens in the New Year for their quarter final clash.

Notes for editors

Jon Keighren, Media Relations Manager, The University of Manchester 0161 275 8384