Updated: Tuesday, 20th November 2018 @ 12:36pm

University of Manchester claim third University Challenge victory in seven years

University of Manchester claim third University Challenge victory in seven years

By Mancunian Matters

The University of Manchester were crowned champions of University Challenge for the third time in just seven years last night.

The team beat off competition from Cambridge’s Pembroke College, to then collect the coveted trophy from the Duchess of Cornwall.

Led by English literature student Tristan Burke, the team won the final with its lowest score of the series, scoring 180 points against Pembroke's 135.

The Duchess, who claims to be ‘the show’s greatest fan’, told host Jeremy Paxman: "I watched the first programme.

“I watched it all the way through with Bamber Gascoigne and I remember sitting there with my father and he always got the questions - he got more questions right than anybody else.”

Manchester set high standards through the competition, scoring a massive 330 points in the quarter finals against Newcastle University.

The team were made up of Burke from Ilkley, West Yorkshire, Luke Kelly, from Ashford, Kent, Michael McKenna, from Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, and Paul Joyce, from Chorley, Lancashire.

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