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University Challenge results, 2003


Here are the results of the 32nd series (8pm Monday, BBC2) that began on 2nd September 2002, and concluded with the final on 31st March 2003. Soon after this, BBC2 began the first series of University Challenge: The Professionals, so for the results, please see its separate page.

First round
Newcastle205180York
UMIST165200Clare, Cambridge
University, London165175Jesus, Oxford
Liverpool130265Worcester, Oxford
Selwyn, Cambridge160180Merton, Oxford
Leeds230135Liverpool John Moores
Cranfield175165Brasenose, Oxford
Middlesex70200Manchester
Sheffield180125Homerton, Cambridge
Nottingham225105Aberystwyth
Birkbeck, London230185Emmanuel, Cambridge
Durham190115Queens', Cambridge
Warwick275140Wadham, Oxford
Southampton190125Edinburgh
Highest-scoring losers
UMIST150205University, London
Emmanuel, Cambridge205150York
Second Round
Newcastle80215Worcester, Oxford
Warwick225145Southampton
University, London330125Emmanuel, Cambridge
Durham225180Jesus, Oxford
Birkbeck, London190130Clare, Cambridge
Cranfield190175Manchester
Leeds170165Nottingham
Sheffield195125Merton, Oxford
Quarter-Finals
University, London145220Birkbeck, London
Warwick175180Sheffield
Cranfield165160Durham
Leeds230130Worcester, Oxford
Semi-Finals
Birkbeck, London190155Sheffield
Cranfield200125Leeds
Final
Birkbeck, London180155Cranfield
Comic Relief match
Gownies185190Townies

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.