University Challenge

Fancy going head-to-head with the UK’s most formidable student minds? We're currently searching our student population for the best and brightest brains to represent the University of Leicester on the famous BBC quiz show, University Challenge. We won the first ever one (some 53 years ago) and we're looking for the same result this year.

If you know your heteronyms from your hapax legomenon and have always fancied taking on the fearsome Jeremy Paxman - this is your golden opportunity. We'll be holding try-out sessions in the Students' Union where we'll test you with rock-hard questions from the widest-range of topics.

The 10 best contestants from the selection tests will then move forward on to the next stage of shortlisting. Sounding good? Then come along and test yourself! If you want to be part of the action then sign up to ONE of the first round assessments listed below HERE. For any queries please contact Alice Copperwheat (

  1. Monday 16th October, 5pm & 6pm, Training Room
  2. Tuesday 17th October, 10am, 11am & 12pm, Alumni Room
  3. Wednesday 18th October, 10am, 11am & 12pm, Alumni Room
  4. Thursday 19th October, 10am, 11am, 12pm, Green Room,
  5. Thursday 19th October, 6pm & 7pm, Social Learning Room