BANGOR students were put through their paces on the latest episode of the BBC’s “University Challenge” quiz show on Monday evening (October 2).

Representing Bangor University on the BBC Two programme were captain Jack Cunliffe (MSc counselling), Nihal Bhatt (BSc biology with biotechnology), Luke O'Hagan (BA history), and Katie Barnes, (BSc marine biology).

Sadly for the team, they were defeated in their first round match by Edinburgh University, by a score of 320-150.

This knocked Bangor out of this year’s competition altogether, as their score of 150 will not be enough for them to be among highest-scoring losers to get a second chance.


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But presenter Amol Rajan, who took over from Jeremy Paxman this year, praised their “wonderful performance” and told them they had “done the university proud”.

Luke O’Hagan correctly answered the most starter questions out of the Bangor team (four), while the team were also asked about subjects such as music of the 1960s and ‘70s, world chess champions, and island peaks.

They were also joined on the show by the university’s mascot, a tiger named Rhodri Rag.

Now in its 30th series, University Challenge has hosted Bangor University several times since it first aired in 1994.

Bangor reached the second round in 2004, 2014 and 2022, and made it as far as the semi-finals in 1999 and 2013.