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Manchester wins University Challenge 2012

The University of Manchester has won this year's University Challenge competition, beating Pembroke College, Cambridge by 180-135. The win puts Manchester third in the all-time University Challenge leaderboard behind Oxford and Cambridge.

The Manchester team includes Luke Kelly studying for a PhD in History; Michael McKenna studying Biochemistry; Paul Joyce doing a Masters in Social Research Methods and Statistics, and their captain Tristan Burke studying English Literature.

The team is coached every year by the Library’s Stephen Pearson who has enjoyed considerable success with University Challenge, having captained the team himself in 1996.

Each year Stephen selects the best candidates to put together a new team. He said: “There is always a lot of enthusiasm every year; we have at least 50 people each year who compete to join the team.”

Manchester has dominated the competition under Stephen’s tutelage, lifting the trophy in 2006 and 2009, and finishing runners-up in 2007. The last seven Manchester teams to appear on the show have all reached at least the semi final stage.

Updated: Wed, Mar 21, 2012