The St George’s, University of London University Challenge team has won the first of its quarter-final matches. It needs to win two quarter-final matches to secure a place in the semi finals.

The team was victorious over Pembroke College, Cambridge with a convincing 195-105 win in the latest battle of the country’s brightest university brains, which was aired Monday 18 February 2013, BBC2.


The match can be viewed on the BBC website until Monday 25 February.

To get through to the semi finals, the team needs to win two quarter-final matches. So, if St George’s wins the next match it plays, it will go straight through to the semis. If it loses the next contest, it will play a third time and the winner of that match will go through.

The team comprises medical students Rebecca Smoker (team captain), Sam Mindel and Alex Suebsaeng, and Shashank Sivaji. Bruce Liu, also a medical student, is the team reserve.

Their latest appearance follows a barnstorming performance in the second-round clash last December, where the St George’s students scored 230 points to the University of Lancaster’s 140. Their route to the quarter-final rounds began with a 175-145 victory over King’s College, Cambridge in the first round back in July 2012.

More than 120 universities enter the show every year, with the top 28 appearing on TV, and it remains the UK’s longest-running quiz.