The St George’s University Challenge team will be poised with their fingers on the buzzer in next week’s show as they go head to head with Pembroke College, Cambridge, in the first round of the quarter-finals. The team needs to win two quarter-final matches to secure a place in the semi-finals.

The show, which has already been recorded, will aired on Monday 18 February BBC2 at 8pm.


This 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.

The team comprises captain Rebecca Smoker, a first-year graduate-entry medical student, who will be joined by fellow graduate-entry students Sam Mindel and Alex Suebsaeng, and medical student Shashank Sivaji. Bruce Liu, another on the graduate-entry stream, is the team reserve.

To get through to the semi-finals, the team needs to win two quarter-final matches. So, if St George’s wins the first two matches they play, they will go straight through to the semis. If they lose both, they will be knocked out. But if they win one and lose one, they will play a third time and the winner of that match will go through.

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.

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