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Computing students among Imperial’s winning University Challenge team

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The team pictured moments before sealing victory in the University Challenge final. (Left to right: Richard Brooks, Brandon Blackwell, Caleb Rich and Conor McMeel.)

The team pictured moments before sealing victory in the University Challenge final.

In a thrilling final, an Imperial team with no less than two Computing students took victory over Corpus Christi, Cambridge by 275 points to 105. The winning Imperial team was made up of Caleb Rich, Brandon Blackwell (captain, Computing), Richard Brooks and Conor McMeel (Computing). They are the third Imperial team to win since 1996. 

En-route to the rare final in which both teams had been undefeated in the lead up, Imperial beat Trinity College, Cambridge in the semi-final, following victories against Brasenose College, Oxford, St John's College, Oxford, Courtauld Institute of Art and Durham University.

Imperial’s Provost, Professor Ian Walmsley, said: “I’m thrilled that our students Caleb, Brandon, Richard and Conor won University Challenge. It’s one of the most challenging and prestigious quiz shows on TV, and the Imperial team did a spectacular job in beating some very tough competitors.”

“We are really proud of their achievements, and I know everyone at Imperial joins me in congratulating them on their win. Well done UC2020 Champions." 

Read more about the win

Watch the final online until 19th May 2020 (BBC iPlayer, UK only)

Special thanks to Dr Jackie Bell and Dr Madasar Shah for contributing to this article. 

Reporter

Ahmed Abdullahi Idle

Ahmed Abdullahi Idle
Department of Computing