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Sunderland students miss out on University Challenge place

Sunderland University Challenge hopefuls l-r John Scratcher, Jack Pearce-Collins, Carl Taylor Sunderland University Student University president, Siarlot (correct) Lloyd and Michelle McCabe.

Sunderland University Challenge hopefuls l-r John Scratcher, Jack Pearce-Collins, Carl Taylor Sunderland University Student University president, Siarlot (correct) Lloyd and Michelle McCabe.

A TEAM of brainboxes have had their hopes of appearing on TV’s iconic University Challenge dashed.

For just the second time in the University of Sunderland’s history, its University Challenge team made it through to the interview and question stage.

But sadly the team failed to secure one of the 18 places on the long-running BBC2 show, hosted by Jeremy Paxman.

Carl Taylor, president of the Sunderland Students’ Union said although obviously disappointed, he was very proud the team got as far as they did.

The five students who scored the highest marks to make the team were John Scratcher, 21, a television and radio student from Sunderland, Siarlot Lloyd, 19, a journalism and French student from Halifax, Alex Purser, a law student from Suffolk, Michelle McCabe, 47, an English and creative writing student from Sunderland, and Jack Pearce-Collins, 19, a biomedical student from North Yorkshire.

And quiz-goers on Wearside should watch out as they got on so well, they have decided to form their own quiz team.

Carl is also organising for a friendly challenge between the Wearside team and the University Challenge team from Newcastle University.

He said: “Having made it so far, it would have been fantastic for Sunderland to have appeared on the show. But the competition is very tough and they were up against some of the country’s top universities.

“We are disappointed, but I have to congratulate the team for getting as far as they did.

“It helps to raise the profile of the university and show the high quality of graduates that we are attracting and that our courses and facilities are among the best.

“For many years we didn’t bother with University Challenge, but hopefully this team getting so far will inspire more students to come forward and we can build even stronger teams.”

 

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