The University of York University Challenge team have gone through to the second round of the popular university game show.
The York team beat the Royal College of Music by 140 points, with a total of 245 points.
YUSU President, Tim Ngwena, said that he is “thrilled they made the next round” and that he will “look forward to the upcoming rounds”.
He said that he has “high hopes for the team of four and one reserve who came top out of a field of 276 undergraduate and postgraduate students. I’m hoping the team I picked get to the final 16 or even better 8 in the first semi final but that’s a long way away, fingers crossed”.
The test for the team comprised of two stages combining different subjects and questions, with the second stage being much harder. The final team and their specialist subjects were: Andrew Clemo (History); Simon Donnelly (Maths and Classical Music); Ben Keane (Biology and Science); and Chris Caudwell (all-round knowledge).
Last year, the York team didn’t get past the first round of the challenge. Last year’s team captain was Laura Horton, the youngest ever captain of a University Challenge team. There are no girls on this year’s team.
Ngwena told Nouse: “Of the 276 who applied just over 35 per cent were female (99). As a raw figure that’s more female contestants involved in the selection than in last year’s entire selection process if you also include male students and the current team members and one reserve were chosen entirely on performance in the two stages of selection.”
He added: “With a college version of the competition and the idea of a Roses match being discussed, and a match against University staff also looking up, no doubt the profile of the competition will increase.”
Team Captain, Andrew Clemo, told Nouse that the team “are very happy with the result, the team worked really well together. We’re taking each round as it comes, but I think our performance has given us some extra confidence going into the next match.”
Discussing the team’s success in the rest of the competition, Clemo continued: “The second round is the real crunch as it’s a straight knock-out, so fingers-crossed we can give a similar performance next time.”