Brainboxes from Lancaster land date on television's University Challenge

Lancaster Universitys University Challenge team with host Jeremy Paxman
Lancaster Universitys University Challenge team with host Jeremy Paxman

A team from Lancaster University is to appear in University Challenge.

The first episode of the long running series sees Lancaster compete against Glasgow University with host Jeremy Paxman.

Lancaster University’s University Challenge captain is Holly Lawton who is studying for a degree in Modern Languages and Cultures.

She said: “It’s been an absolute pleasure to be part of University Challenge this year. I’ve been wanting to take part for several years, as I’ve always been a huge fan of the show, so to find out that I would be part of Lancaster’s team in my final year truly was a dream come true.

“The selection process for the team is quite rigorous, even before we apply to participate in the show. The Students’ Union uses multiple rounds and a mock version of the show to select the team that they think would be best suited to represent the University, based both on performance in each round and our chemistry as a team.

"Once the final five were chosen, we then took part in a few further rounds of testing, followed by an interview with the producers of the show. After that, we just had to wait to hear back and hope we had done enough to make it onto the show!”

The other team members include; Matt Roscoe, who is studying for PhD Volcanology; Daniel Green, who is studying MA Philosophy; Stephen Ford, who is studying PhD Mathematics; and team reserve Taran Taank, a BSc Biochemistry student.

The programme is being screened on at 8.30 pm on July 15 on BBC2