University Of Edinburgh University Challenge

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University Of Edinburgh University Challenge

University Of Edinburgh University Challenge

Series 46 of University Challenge began on 11 July 2016 on BBC Two, and finished on 10 April 2017. This series of the long running quiz show has drawn larger audiences than usual thanks to a collection of interesting characters, most notably Eric Monkman from Wolfson College, Cambridge who has been described on Twitter by many viewers as “the most intense contestant ever

  • Winning teams are highlighted in bold.
  • Teams with green scores (winners) returned in the next round, while those with red scores (losers) were eliminated.
  • Teams with orange scores had to win one more match to return in the next round.
  • Teams with yellow scores indicate that two further matches had to be played and won (teams that lost their first quarter-final match).
  • A score in italics indicates a match decided on a tie-breaker question.

First Round[edit]

Team 1ScoreTeam 2TotalBroadcast date
University of Sheffield130210University of Bristol34011 July 2016
Corpus Christi College, Oxford200175Jesus College, Cambridge37518 July 2016
University of Liverpool95235University of Warwick33025 July 2016
Queens’ College, Cambridge150160Peterhouse, Cambridge3101 August 2016
Oriel College, Oxford15095University of Manchester2458 August 2016
Emmanuel College, Cambridge175135University of Nottingham31015 August 2016
Balliol College, Oxford22055Imperial College London27522 August 2016
Robinson College, Cambridge15595Wadham College, Oxford25029 August 2016
The Open University210115University of Salford3255 September 2016
University of Edinburgh190155Durham University34512 September 2016
Wolfson College, Cambridge185175School of Oriental and African Studies36019 September 2016
Queen’s University Belfast105165University of Birmingham27026 September 2016
University of St Andrews175145Worcester College, Oxford3203 October 2016
University of Glasgow135150University of East London28510 October 2016

Highest Scoring Losers Play-Offs[edit]

Team 1ScoreTeam 2TotalBroadcast date
Jesus College, Cambridge195155Queens’ College, Cambridge35017 October 2016
Durham University85270School of Oriental and African Studies35531 October 2016

Second Round[edit]

Team 1ScoreTeam 2TotalBroadcast date
The Open University185195University of Edinburgh3807 November 2016
University of Birmingham195115University of St Andrews31014 November 2016
University of East London55195University of Warwick25021 November 2016
School of Oriental and African Studies130195Emmanuel College, Cambridge32528 November 2016
Wolfson College, Cambridge225140Jesus College, Cambridge3655 December 2016
Robinson College, Cambridge90210Balliol College, Oxford30012 December 2016
University of Bristol26570Oriel College, Oxford3352 January 2017
Peterhouse, Cambridge150175Corpus Christi College, Oxford3259 January 2017

Quarter Finals[edit]

Team 1ScoreTeam 2TotalBroadcast date
Wolfson College, Cambridge165135Balliol College, Oxford30016 January 2017
University of Bristol70250Corpus Christi College, Oxford32023 January 2017
University of Warwick90200Emmanuel College, Cambridge29030 January 2017
University of Edinburgh220125University of Birmingham3456 February 2017
Emmanuel College, Cambridge17055Corpus Christi College, Oxford22513 February 2017
University of Warwick120110University of Bristol23020 February 2017
University of Edinburgh195160Wolfson College, Cambridge35527 February 2017
University of Birmingham65265Balliol College, Oxford3306 March 2017
University of Warwick175205Wolfson College, Cambridge38013 March 2017
Corpus Christi College, Oxford160240Balliol College, Oxford40020 March 2017

Semi Finals[edit]

Team 1ScoreTeam 2TotalBroadcast date
Emmanuel College, Cambridge140170Wolfson College, Cambridge31027 March 2017
University of Edinburgh140215Balliol College, Oxford3553 April 2017


Team 1ScoreTeam 2TotalBroadcast date
Wolfson College, Cambridge140190Balliol College, Oxford33010 April 2017
  • The trophy and title were awarded to the Balliol College, Oxford team comprising Freddy Potts, Jacob Lloyd, Joey Goldman and Benjamin Pope.
  • The trophy was presented by Stephen Hawking, on location at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.

Spin-off: Christmas Special 2016[edit]

Qualification round[edit]

Each year, a Christmas special sequence is aired featuring distinguished alumni. Out of 7 first-round winners, the top 4 highest-scoring teams progress to the semi-finals. The teams consist of celebrities who represent their alma maters.

  • Teams with green scores won their match and achieved a high enough score to return in the next round, teams with red scores lost and were eliminated.
  • Teams with grey scores won their first round match but did not achieve a high enough score to return.
Team 1Team 2TotalBroadcast Date
University of Manchester55185St Anne’s College, Oxford240Monday 19 December
University of Kent24535University of Sussex280Tuesday 20 December
City, University of London14535Newcastle University180Wednesday 21 December
SOAS, University of London85175University of Leeds260Thursday 22 December
University of Edinburgh11560St Catharine’s College, Cambridge175Friday 23 December
Magdalene College, Cambridge65225St Hilda’s College, Oxford290Sunday 25 December
University of Bristol7075University of Nottingham145Monday 26 December

Standings for the winners[edit]

RankTeamTeam captainScore
1University of KentPaul Ross245
2St Hilda’s College, OxfordVal McDermid225
3St Anne’s College, OxfordMary Archer185
4University of LeedsKamal Ahmed175
5City, University of LondonSamira Ahmed145
6University of EdinburghRachael Stirling115
7University of NottinghamChris Hawkins75

Semi Finals[edit]

Team 1ScoreTeam 2TotalBroadcast date
University of Kent130140University of Leeds27027 December 2016
St Anne’s College, Oxford75165St Hilda’s College, Oxford24028 December 2016


Team 1ScoreTeam 2TotalBroadcast date
University of Leeds55160St Hilda’s College, Oxford21529 December 2016