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Birkbeck’s University Challenge team take on reigning champions

The team competed against Edinburgh on the BBC show on 19 August.

Birkbeck’s team took to the University Challenge stage this week, in the university’s first appearance on the popular quiz show since the College won in 2003. The team competed against reigning champions from Edinburgh University, answering questions on topics such as the 1956 Olympics, philosophy and American history.

The team drew on the expertise and knowledge of students from around the College. Team captain Noor-Ud-Din Janmohamed is an MA student in Medieval History, Rob Anderson is studying MSc Cognition and Computation, Rosemary Barnett is completing an MA in Historical Research and Ian Kernohan is studying History of Art and Architecture. The average age of the team was 48 years old.

After a valiant effort, the Birkbeck team were defeated by the incumbent champions, despite getting off to a strong start.

The Students’ Union said: “Birkbeck Students’ Union were so delighted to see our University Challenge team on the show this week. It’s been 16 years since we were last on and it meant a lot for all of us to get to cheer them on. You did us and yourselves proud!”

Professor Diane Houston, Pro-Vice Master for Education, said: “Birkbeck is proud to be represented once again by a strong University Challenge team. I would like to congratulate the team on behalf of the College on their efforts, and hope to see Birkbeck competing in future competitions.”

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