University Challenge is the UK's annual cross-University quiz show, with teams of 4 competing head to head in televised competition across a wide range of categories.

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This year we are selecting 5 people to compete for St Andrews (4 team members and a reserve). Selection will be based purely on individual performance in the online and in-person trials.

There will be 3 rounds of trials:

  1. Online trial: This will be held on Saturday 7th November at 5pm. To sign up, click here by Friday 6th November. A link to the online trial will be emailed out at 5pm, and participants will be given 1 hour to complete a 60 question paper. The top scoring participants will progress to the In-person trial.
  2. In-person trials: These will be held on Tuesday 10th November and Saturday 14th November at 6pm. Eligible participants will be emailed prior to the trials to sign up to either slot. Each participant will be given a paper sheet to fill out, which will be handed back in at the end of the trial. Questions will be read out loud.
  3. Team trial: This will be held on Saturday 21st at 6:15pm. Eligible participants will be emailed prior to the trial with more information. Participants will be divided into teams and will compete in groups verbally.
Times and dates for later rounds are to be confirmed, based on availability in the Can-Do Marquee.


Filming is currently planned for the following three periods. Applicants are expected to be free for these.

  • Friday 26th February 2021 to Monday 1st March 2021 (inclusive)
  • Thursday 25th March 2021 to Saturday 27th March 2021 (inclusive)
  • Saturday 24th April 2021 to Monday 26th April 2021 (inclusive)
University Challenge Eligibility

Example Questions

Questions used in University Challenge cover a wide range of topics, including Science, Maths, Art, Geography, History, English, Language, and Classics. Some example questions are listed below:

  • Quote: ‘A young and rising bathing-place, certainly the favourite spot of all that are to be found along the coast of Sussex.’ This is Jane Austen’s description of which fictional resort, the title of a novel left unfinished on her death in 1817?
  • Located 6,500 light years away in the constellation of Taurus, what name is given to the nebula which is the remnant of a supernova seen on Earth in the year 1054?
  • What present participle can, as an adjective, denote: of corn, unreaped; of water, stagnant; of a jump, performed from rest, and of an invitation, remaining in force indefinitely?
  • The name of which fascist politician, a leader of the Norwegian National Unity Party, has become synonymous with collaborationist treason since his death by firing squad in 1945?
  • Which is the longest river in the U.K. that does not empty into the sea under its own name?
  • From Greek words for ‘equal’ and ‘tongue’, what name is given to a line on a map delimiting the area in which a given linguistic feature occurs?
  • Which contemporary arts centre in Bristol takes its name from a double portrait of 1434 by Jan Van Eyck?
  • In the criminal justice system, for what do the letters T.I.C. stand?
  • What term is used in Latin-American music for the instrument resembling a xylophone which originally used resonating gourds but now has wider wooden bars than a xylophone, sounding an octave deeper?
  • In geometry, what term indicates the fixed points from which the distances to any point of a given curve are connected by a linear relation?