On Monday 15 August, Durham University beat Plymouth University in the first round of University Challenge.
Durham University gained 325 points as opposed to Plymouth’s 45.
The team was captained by George Twigg and consisted of Mark Rodgers, Adam Robertson and James France.
The host, Jeremy Paxman, revealed that The University’s “academic reputation was sealed when in 1997 a team from Durham won this contest, a feat they repeated in 2000.”
He also said that the Chancellor, Bill Bryson, had described Durham as having “the capacity to astound out of all proportion to its size.”
After a fine win, he told the Plymouth team of three girls and a boy, that they “were up against pretty strong opposition.”
Paxman also praised the Durham team’s “very impressive score.”
On thestudentroom.co.uk a post about the event is titled “University of Plymouth got massacred by Durham University.” Comments include descriptions such as: “what a blood bath!”
Durham is now in the second round of University Challenge.