Strathclyde victory on University Challenge

Strathclyde's University Challenge team with host Jeremy Paxman

A team of University Of Strathclyde students has qualified for the second round of BBC Two quiz show University Challenge, after winning their first televised contest.

The students won 190-155 against Imperial College London in the first round match, televised on Monday 3 August.

They displayed their knowledge of subjects including river deltas, art, plastics and the bones of the human body as they faced the questions from quizmaster Jeremy Paxman.

They had a lead of 100 points at one stage and, despite a late rally by Imperial, were able to hold on for victory. It was the second time Strathclyde had won against Imperial in four years, after a previous win in 2017.

The Strathclyde team comprised: captain Jim Whittle, studying for a PhD in Electrical Power Systems; Cameron Welsh, studying for an MSc in Applied Statistics; David Curran, studying for an MEng in Civil Engineering, and Tom Starr-Marshall, studying for a PhD in Speech and Language Therapy. Their reserve was Philosophy, Politics and Economics student Ewan McGregor.

Jim said: “The whole team are absolutely delighted to be representing Strathclyde in University Challenge. It’s a show that most of us have watched for quite some time and, being big fans, it’s a fair dream come true to actually be on the show.

"We thoroughly enjoyed playing against such a strong team from a fellow technical institute, and we’re very much looking forward to the next stage of the competition. I know Tom has also enjoyed great support as the first speech and language therapy student to appear on the show. Support from our friends, peers, and the University has been really encouraging too.”



The team was selected through a challenging individual test, hosted by the University of Strathclyde Students' Union. Before appearing upon the programme, the team went through a rigorous selection process involving tests and an interview.

The producers then chose Strathclyde as one of only 28 teams to reach the televised stages in Manchester. This is the fifth time that the University of Strathclyde has reached this stage of the quiz.