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Apply for University Challenge 2016

Think you've got what it takes to pit your wits against the finest minds in the UK? Apply to represent Sussex on University Challenge 2016 through our online quiz.

Every year, Universities from across the UK send teams of four (plus one reserve) to face one of the toughest quiz shows anywhere, from one of television's toughest hosts, Jeremy Paxman.

Sussex University have made the first round of live shows the last two years and have a colourful history on the show. Sussex have won the entire competition twice - back in 1967 and 1969 - though also have the dubious honour of the lowest-scoring team in University Challenge history, mustering up just 10 points on one occasion.

Seb Zarrilli, last year's team captain, encourages you give the quiz a try:

I would love for Sussex to continue our two-year streak of appearances on the show. It really can be surprising how much you know without even realising it, I certainly surprised myself! This is a fun little thing you could put on your CV and people recognising you on campus occasionally can be fun! There's nothing to lose from applying and quite a lot to gain.

University Challenge 2015 Sussex Team (via BBC)

University Challenge Team Sussex 2015 (Left to right): Oliver Raven, Anoushka Davé, Badger, Sebastian Zarrilli and Dan Elbro (Photo via BBC).

To encourage a wider pool of students applying trials will run slightly differently this year. Between 10am Monday 19th October and 4pm Friday 23rd October you can take part in our online trial via the link at the bottom of this page - a short quiz hosted by QuizEgg.

If you are unable to take part in the online quiz for any reason you can attend an in-person trial instead. These will be in Meeting Room 52nd floor Falmer House 10am-12pm on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd October.

Basic information about entering:

  • You must currently be a Sussex student and be in active study between now and April 2016. Unfortunately students on a sabbatical year/out of study/beginning/graduating between now and April 2016 are not eligible to compete in University Challenge. If you're a student on exchange at Sussex you can take part providing you will still be on exchange here in April 2016.
  • Should you qualify for team and if Sussex makes it onto the live shows, you must be available for filming at MediaCity UK in Salford between Friday 26 February and Monday 29th February, Friday 1st April to Sunday 3rd April, and Friday 22nd April to Sunday 24th April 2016. If you're unsure about your availability, apply anyway.
  • You will need to create a QuizEgg account to participate in the online quiz. It's really easy and only takes a minute, you'll be prompted when you click on the link at the bottom of this page. Please fill in your name correctly and make your username something easily identifiable such as your Sussex email address or student ID number. Without this the Students' Union won't have any way of knowing who you are!  QuizEgg will not share your personal data with any third parties.
  • This quiz is timed so if you don't know the answer, pass and move on! Please do not attempt to look up the answers on the internet, not only is it against the spirit of competition, you will waste valuable time and most likely not get through all of the questions. The quiz is timed to simulate the fast-paced nature of the show.
  • You will be contacted to find out if you've qualified for the next round of trials after Monday 26th October. The next round of trials will take place in the first two weeks of November and we may open it up to a live audience if people are interested.

If you have any questions about participating pleas contact digital@sussexstudent.com.

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