University Challenge team through to semis

Posted on April 3, 2013 by

With linguist Richard Gilbert at the helm, Manchester’s University Challenge team has made it through to the final four!

This week they defeated the all-medic team of St. George’s, London, in a make-or-break quarter-final, successfully identifying the Middle English Peterborough Chronicle in the process. Manchester started strong and managed to hold onto their lead despite a late comeback by the medics, who were ultimately unable to resuscitate their ailing score. They now join University College London and New College Oxford, plus either Bangor or King’s College Cambridge, in the semi-finals.

UCL are a particular team to watch out for: in an earlier quarter-final match they beat the Manchester team quite handily (though the match as a whole was one of the highest-scoring of the series so far). It’ll be tough for Manchester, the reigning champions, to get past them. But getting to the last four is already a fantastic achievement, and Manchet sends its congratulations!

UPDATE: Manchester will be up against Bangor in the semis on 22nd April. Like Manchester, Bangor have only lost once so far in the competition: to UCL. Like Manchester, they’ve had a few close shaves, most recently in the second round against Durham. Like Manchester, they’re captained by a linguistics undergraduate: Nina Grant, studying French and Linguistics. It should be a good match-up!