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Sussex team takes University Challenge

* 13 June 2003 *

Sussex team takes University Challenge

The team

The Sussex team

For the first time in many years, a team from the University of Sussex has made it through to the televised heats of University Challenge.

The team will travel to Manchester this weekend (14 June) to battle as yet unknown opponents and face the impatient wrath of Jeremy Paxman.

"We're very excited about getting through as the selection process was very tough," says team captain Ros Levin.

The Sussex team came out on top over Reading in the regional heats to gain their place amongst the 28 teams that are selected for the televised heats out of the 250 teams that apply.

Ros, a mature student who is studying creative writing in the Centre for Continuing Education, has one particular concern. "I'm a bit worried about how to announce myself - I can't say 'I'm Ros Levin, reading writing!'"

Team mate Jon Watson, who is doing postgraduate study in American History, is confident of their knowledge of popular culture, and overall the team is "noisily confident", according to Ros.

"As a student, if you're into quizzes then this is the ultimate really," says Dave Boyne, second year contemporary history student. Dave also holds a science degree and has been swotting up on science theories.

Andrew Clay, geography with development studies student, completes the team.

As to buzzer tactics, the team intend to take a confident approach. Dave describes this as "an educated investment in the buzzer."

The programme featuring the team from Sussex will be shown in the Autumn.

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A photo of the team is available.

Press Office contacts: Peter Simmons or Jacqui Bealing, University of Sussex, Tel. 01273 678888, Fax 01273 877456, email or

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