University Challenge results, 2003


Here are the results of the 32nd series (Monday 20:00, BBC2) that began on 2 September 2002, and concluded with the final on 31 March 2003. Immediately after this, BBC2 began the first series of University Challenge: The Professionals, so for the results, please see its separate page.

First round
02/09/2002Newcastle205180York
09/09/2002UMIST165200Clare, Cambridge
16/09/2002University, London165175Jesus, Oxford
23/09/2002Liverpool130265Worcester, Oxford
30/09/2002Selwyn, Cambridge160180Merton, Oxford
07/10/2002Leeds230135Liverpool John Moores
14/10/2002Cranfield175165Brasenose, Oxford
21/10/2002Middlesex70200Manchester
28/10/2002Sheffield180125Homerton, Cambridge
04/11/2002Nottingham225105Aberystwyth
11/11/2002Birkbeck, London230185Emmanuel, Cambridge
18/11/2002Durham190115Queens', Cambridge
25/11/2002Warwick275140Wadham, Oxford
02/12/2002Southampton190125Edinburgh
Highest-scoring losers
09/12/2002UMIST150205University, London
16/12/2002Emmanuel, Cambridge205150York
Second Round
23/12/2002Newcastle80215Worcester, Oxford
30/12/2002Warwick225145Southampton
06/01/2003University, London330125Emmanuel, Cambridge
13/01/2003Durham225180Jesus, Oxford
20/01/2003Birkbeck, London190130Clare, Cambridge
27/01/2003Cranfield190175Manchester
03/02/2003Leeds170165Nottingham
10/02/2003Sheffield195125Merton, Oxford
Quarter-Finals
17/02/2003University, London145220Birkbeck, London
24/02/2003Warwick175180Sheffield
03/03/2003Cranfield165160Durham
10/03/2003Leeds230130Worcester, Oxford
Semi-Finals
17/03/2003Birkbeck, London190155Sheffield
24/03/2003Cranfield200125Leeds
Final
31/03/2003Birkbeck, London180155Cranfield
Comic Relief match
14/03/2003Gownies185190Townies

Both teams in the final consisted of mature students, with the Birkbeck team coming out on top in a match that was close all the way. They were Tony Walsh (History and Archaeology), Thor Halland (Philosophy), Tony Gillham (Applied Linguistics) and Colum Gallivan (Classics). The trophy was presented by British poet, Benjamin Zephaniah.

On Comic Relief Day (14th March 2003), BBC2 held a special match between four graduates (David Baddiel, Frank Skinner, Stephen Fry, Clive Anderson) and four non-graduates (Jeremy Beadle, Gina Yashere, Danny Baker, Johnny Vaughan), hosted by Angus Deayton.